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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Working Proof: Irwin Barbé - Bleuités

Irwin Barbé is a seventeen year old (!) photographer from France. His work primarily features kids and teenagers, often in a muted color palette. Irwin shoots all of his photos with film because he likes to leave room for the unexpected. Irwin on the print:
Bleuités is meant to be halfway between a typical family photograph and an art picture. The subject is quite common, but I tried to make it look unreal, with the fading colors, and the blurriness. The word “bleuités” is a neologism invented by Arthur Rimbaud, in his poem Le Bateau Ivre/The Drunken Boat. In English, it would mean something like “bluenesses”. I think it suited well because my picture has some strange blue tones.
This print is unsigned and was numbered by The Working Proof. It is printed on acid free, glossy Mohawk 100lb cover paper. Irwin chose to pair his print with Computers for Youth, a non-profit organization that helps low-income children by improving their home learning environment. They improve student achievement by enhancing the educational resources available in children’s homes, by improving parent-child interaction around learning, and by helping teachers make powerful links between the classroom and the home.

You can buy the print here, and read our interview with Irwin here.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting composition. The muted colours are very "now" (as a fashion editor would say).

    One cannot but think of Lartigue, of course.



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