José Luis Bravo
Paysages avec ruines
Mexican artist and photographer José Luis Bravo revisits his home country to emulate French explorer Desiré Charnay's 1857 photographic mission to capture Mayan ruins.
Charnay's consequent work Cités et ruines Americaines is the inspiration behind Bravo's latest exhibition which is made up images taken using a specially-made camera, half way between digital and a camera obscura.
Paysages avec ruines takes Charnay's experience as a starting point from which to rethink the potential of the photograph as a tool for apprehension and as a way to construct a certain image of the world.
In a addition to the Mexican part, Bravo turns Charnay's journey on its head and returns to Europe to capture Roman ruins in France, using the same camera, thus creating a path and visual dialogue between the two countries and two artists.