The photographs by Jean-Baptiste Huynh, always in square format, show exceptional portraits and minimalistic still lifes. Focussed details present not only objects like shiny knives or antique Chinese mirrors, but also expressive portraits of people from different regions of the world. Through clarity and precision in the composition of the image, the photographs emanate a pure, almost magical atmosphere.Reduced, but elaborately illuminated, and enunciating the essential, Huynh gives his photographs their characteristic purism. Huynh skillfully combines natural and artificial light to achieve this effect. The artist's focus when shooting portraits is on the skin and the eyes of his subjects. The viewer immediately senses the deep intimacy that was formed between the photographer and the portrayed individuals. The condensed, powerful pictures of objects and persons show Huynh's careful, precise exploration of the subject. Jean-Baptiste Huynh, who has a French mother and a Vietnamese father, was born in 1966 in France. His oeuvre includes landscapes, portraits, nudes and still lifes. He continually uses an analogue 6x6 medium format camera and has as of yet shunned digital photography. Nine high-quality publications give a résumé of Huynh's substantial work, which has been presented in numerous international exhibitions and also at the Louvre in 2012.
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