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Pentti Sammallahti is a “master observer”, just as he is a “master printer”, one of those people who takes us by the hand and whispers “see!” in our ear. Come and discover the work of this famous photograph.
There are some photos that, to be appreciated to the full, have to be framed and hung on the wall in front of you. Pentti Sammallahti prints his own photos and the resulting masterpieces (and the term is justified) reveal the photographer’s immense talent in the profusion of precise, lucid and subtle nuances: and like a gift to the eye, they need to be seen face on to be truly enjoyed.
If there is indeed such a thing as artistic sensibility or visual poetry, it is undeniably present in Pentti Sammallahti’s photos. His body of work follows in the footsteps of a tradition of “photographic wanderings”, in the casual and yet attentive attitude that was born in the middle of the 20th century with Kertész, Cartier-Bresson, Sudek and others in the same vein.
There are no methods, no favourite subjects (except perhaps the gracefulness of animals) and no systems, just an immersion in the delicate world of living things and the beauty of nothing much in particular, in silence, in the moment and its innocent perfection. All the better to reveal the universality of attitudes and gestures, whether they were captured in Nepal, Russia or Morocco.
Guided tour of the exhibition in french language.
The Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau present temporary exhibitions following the art movement of humanist photography. It does not house its namesake’s body of work (Robert Doisneau’s work is managed by l’Atelier Robert Doisneau, www.robert-doisneau.com), but pays tribute to Robert Doisneau by exploring both the history of humanist photography and its current practice, looking beyond national borders, and giving preference to those photographers with a keen eye for observing life and documentary practices.