Jean-François Lepage

Recycle 20, from the series Recycle (Prelude), 2015

Recycle 20, 2015

Jean-François Lepage’s photography is produced on a knife’s edge : after the photo shoot, the photographer’s hand often comes back to deconstruct and interfere with the body’s anatomy, cutting the negative to build a new, multiple image. The artist willingly speaks of « his material », not so much about the realm of reality, but the material of the negative or positive itself; hands-on in the gelatin, like a paintbrush in oil and pigments. From these cut, multiplied, recomposed faces and bodies, a complex identity suddenly rises to the surface. The character’s individuality emerges and creates an oscillatory wave that disturbs the peaceful surface of the image, causing it to waiver between seduction and repulsion, sophistication and brutality. These images, with their stripped-back composition, are inhabited by strangely motionless beings, suspended in their own time and space ; while lost in their dreams and thoughts, they meander through a land where the imaginary world of the photographer, the model and viewer’s imagination project and come together — Raphaëlle Stopin, 2014