Patrick Taberna

17.10.2012 in13:01 in Trifle -->


It may seem odd to feature a French photographer in a column otherwise concerned with promoting the New Regionalism, but it’s precisely the freedom of movement and openness to expressive possibility embodied in Taberna’s work that beats at the heart of this notion. The fact that such an international figure can make his American debut here, rather than at one of the high-end galleries in New York, helps to make the point indelibly.

Taberna uses photography to frame interesting moments, and ultimately implicit, condensed stories, from people, places, and things that he encounters in his travels. As he puts it, “I do not want to be a photographer who travels, but rather a traveler who makes photos.” Frustrated in his desire to be a writer, he turned to photography to express himself, and has quite successfully found his voice through his pictures. Shot on film in medium format (using an old Russian plastic camera), he scans the negatives and has the images printed digitally, using pigmented inks on high quality papers, often using lush color, idiosyncratic cropping, and moody, atmospheric lighting to condense the scene before him into the visual equivalent of a well-crafted short story.