Vietnam in Cyanotype: Batch 1
14 September 2017 7:00 pm
An exhibition of work by French photographer, Julie Vola, will open at Ke Quan on Thursday, Sep. 14 at 7pm.
Taking some her favourite portraits of Vietnam and its people, Julie has used a 19th century cyanotype printing technique to reproduce them in a different medium.
First developed by scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel, cyanotype printing was intended for reproducing notes, diagrams and blueprints. According to Vola, these photos, in their monochrome format are, in a way, blueprints of Vietnam and its people; their simplicity and yet depth give a dreamy aspect to the prints.
Having spent more than half a decade shooting in Vietnam, on assignment and as both a traveller and a resident of this country, Vola has always been intrigued by “alternative, antique film processing and cameras”.
“I believe they add a layer of poetry, one that extends beyond simply the content within the frame,” she says.