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Closing Reception & Book Signing: Bertrand Carrière at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Après Strand

Exhibition Dates: April 6 – May 4, 2013

Closing Reception and Book Signing:
Saturday, May 4
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, May 4
1:00 - 2:00 pm

RSVP as seating is limited


The clean cool frames of Québecoise photographer Bertrand Carrière are familiar for good reason. We have not seen these works before, but still they seem familiar; it is the aesthetic and approach; it is a philosophy of seeing. If we could not put our finger on it at first sight, then the title hands it over-Après Strand, After Strand. Paul Strand's work is now iconic and his position and stake in the media of photography itself is solid. Carrière's work helps us remember a past as it claims the present.

Carrière has touched on a series of work that is close to him while unknown to many others. Strand took two trips to the Gaspé Peninsula, Carrière's territory, in 1929 and 1936. On these trips, the first dedicated to landscapes and the second to portraits, Strand developed what he defined as the essential character of place. Carrière too works with attention to the social landcape and balances this vision for us through vernacular architecture and humanistic portraits. There is careful attention in this series to maintain both a dedication to history and to individuality. We trace the paths of Strand, we do not walk in his footsteps.

The Gaspésie that Strand documented no longer exists, and one day too no longer will the frames of Carrière; each photographer's work holds the sense of lingering lifestyle. The region is remote and harsh, but the inhabitants soldier on working to keep communities alive in the face of difficult socioeconomic conditions. These works are truly old and new; they nod to their master and claim contemporary stake for the philosophy of Strand's visual approach.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Stephen Bulger Galelry

Related Events: FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA

Join us on Saturday afternoons at 3:00pm for a series of films selected by our featured artist, Bertrand Carrière.

April 6
Dir. John Ford (USA: 1940), 129 min.

April 13
Dir. Terrence Malick (USA: 1978), 94 min.

April 20
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (USA: 2007), 158 min.

April 27
Dir. Denys Arcand (France: 2003), 99 min.

May 4
Dir. John Walker (Canada: 1989), 81 min.


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