Jean François Lepage
Jean-François Lepage is a photographer whose working methods are closer to that of a painter. His paradoxically alluring and disquieting photographs bare evidence to a process in which he physically cuts, draws and works into their surface to intricately evolve and brutally deconstruct the original image. Lepage’s intuitive approach to the image-making process is cathartic. “I’m like a surgeon who faces his patient with lucidity and commitment but with the absolute certitude that the only person I can really save is myself.” Over the past three and a half decades, since his first published images appeared in Depeche Mode, he has chosen to work sporadically for editorial and advertising clients, while taking time including a 13 year period of abstinence from commercial environs to pursue his art through painting in a purer form. Subsequently, Lepage has maintained his distinctive voice as his imagery has evolved. More recently he has begun to pull away from fashion once more. He is currently making new work, recycling photographs from his archive to build new pictures finding his palette by cutting up outtakes from his old shoots of now discontinued 8×10, 891 Polaroid from the 1990’s.
Phil Bicker for TIME LightBox (Sept 2014)
MOONLIGHT ZOO, Jean-François Lepage’s first monograph (1982-2014) was published in April 2015 by Prestel Publishing while at the same time his latest series entitled Recycle (prelude) the first opus of his most recent photographic work was exhibited in Paris.
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