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Wall Street Journal Review: Marc Riboud at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

ImageHuang Shan Mountains of China

Through February 15, 2014

Mark Riboud's 'Huang Shan' (1989) Courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

One of the first Western photographers allowed entry into Communist China, Marc Riboud was enchanted with the country, its people, and its paysage. Riboud's first trip to China was in 1957, and he made return visits in 1965, 1971, 1979, and throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Over 40 years Riboud documented the fast-moving changes happening within the country, and his dedication to the subject has made him the most authoritative non-native visual voice on the subject.

Most of his work was shot in black and white and focused on the people, but this exhibition by L. Parker Stephenson Photographs brings a different selection of work by Riboud into focus: a series on the Huang Shan mountains shot with color film in the 1980's. The dye transfer print process employed by Ribould for this body of work are typically celebrated for the rich even saturated colors they are capable of producing. His Huang Shan mountains however are subtle, and may at a distance first may appear black and white, but subtle shifts in the mountain peeks and sky reveal a muted but broad palate. Ribould's images capture rugged peaks emerging from the fog, twisting branches against the sky, and dream-like tree-lined pathways, vignetted figures in the distance. All of the mystery and poetics of a place that has inspired artists and poets for centuries can be found in the work of Ribould.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

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