Candace Dwan Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of celebrated French photographer
Denis Brihat, on view from November 1 through December 22, 2007. This exhibition will
include a selection of extraordinary photographs from 1977 to 2003.
Denis Brihat has long been famous for his intense and sensitive examination of nature, his
mixture of lyricism and rigor, implication and application. Brihat began his photographic work
with traditional silver gelatin methods but, in 1968, wishing to approach the problem of color and
materials as well as the image, he began to explore old photographic processes: toning, exploring
different temperatures and concentrations, “sulphurations” and oxidations to achieve expressive
colors, and a unique procedure of chemical engraving of the gelatin surface. The color in Brihat’s
toned prints is mineral, made of the salts of silver, gold, sodium, iron, and uranium among others,
and is achieved solely through classical darkroom processes of light and chemistry.
The resulting prints are sumptuous, of remarkable richness, refinement and beauty. The artist is
considered a master without equal of these rare printing techniques. But, for Brihat the sole
importance of this superb craft is to express his contemplative poetic vision and profound
emotional connection to the natural world. The zen-like purity of focus, sense of delicacy and the
sublime, resonates throughout the work and harkens to the heart and the contemplative mind.