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10 Sept 2014
These Experimental Fashion Photographs Push Boundaries
Time Magazine – Lightbox
Article by Phil Bicker

18-21 Sept 2014
Jean-François Lepage and Galerie Madé at Unseen Photo Fair
Unseen Photo Fair
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Opening 6 Nov 2014
Memories from the future (selection)
Galerie quai 26
Lille, France

Opening 12 March 2015
Recycle
Galerie Madé
Paris, France

 
 

About

Jean-François Lepage is born in 1960.

Lepage has established himself over the years as a greatly respected photographer, offering an extremely unique insight into the world of fashion. Seen as not only a Fashion based photographer, but also a Visual Artist, he has creatively merged the two worlds together in order to execute a series of beautiful pieces to date.
His collection of photographs, paintings, ‘collages’ and drawings have the power to soothe yet keep the viewer on edge simultaneously.
From motionless models in a moon like landscape to frozen doll-like faces with pale complexions and bright wigs – everything is done so carefully in order to create the impression that the subjects of Lepage’s images are both static and breathing and that’s precisely their beauty.
Since the early 80′s, Lepage has made it impossible not to read more deeply into Fashion photography and subconsciously dissect the image in order to discover the overall message sent out. Through his work, Fashion is idolised… and Art is indeed appreciated.

 

« For the past three decades while the world saw dreams in its sleep, Jean-François Lepage was seeing them while wide awake. Translating his visions into captivating photographs, drawings, paintings, and collages, Lepage stops time to wander in the surreal landscapes of the subconscious moments caught in between the conscious movements of the individual.

Working out of Paris, France, Lepage has created a hybrid body of work that laces together cinema, surrealism, and haute-couture. His subjects stand lonesome, numb to their own high fashion glamour, deeply gazing into a void that seduces their hidden souls with an ecstasy of solitude and the eventual promise of death. The images, at first site, appear to be carefully crafted with dramatic artificial lighting, highly saturated color choices, exaggerated wardrobe and makeup styling, and the flawlessly placed models. But when one begins to engage with the images with further pursuit for meaning, one realizes that what stands before them is purity. Past the complex exterior of each composition, Lepage captures the moments of truth that expose the individual more than they, themselves, can understand. A subtle movement or gesture completes each frame to the highest point of perfection. The effect is both soothing and physically disturbing.

Lepage has set himself apart as both a fashion photographer and a visual artist with his innovative approach of merging the two worlds into his own conceptual universe of image making. With the use of drawing and deconstructed collage, Lepage further pushes his work to explore his insights on individuality, mortality, and the unspoken forces which guide the sublime emotional instincts of the human mind.

The haunting work of Jean-François Lepage speaks the universal language of solitude, self-reflection, and the uncontrollable desire to find beauty and comfort in the mysterious truth behind life, death, and everything else in between. »
 

Darya Kosilova – The Lab Magazine