Le regard à l’œuvre (2006)

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA), Paris, France
From 24 Oct 2006
To 14 Jan 2007

As part of Photo Month during the FIAC and Paris Photo fairs, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts hosted a major exhibition of 42 black-and-white photographs by Jean-Baptiste Huynh from October 24, 2006 through January 14, 2007. For this first large-scale retrospective in a prestigious French institution, Jean-Baptiste Huynh used the school’s spaces to exhibit an encapsulation of a project he had worked on for ten years, focused on the study of the face throughout different age groups and among the major cultural groups. Through a variety of particularly iconic faces and still life pieces from his travels to Asia and Africa, he reproduced a singular, universal vision of humanity steeped in spirituality.

All prints in the exhibition were made using silver chlorobromide. To achieve this, Jean-Baptiste Huynh used a traditional paper that is no longer in production, enabling highly precise images and an infinity of nuances between black and white. The collection’s large-scale prints (120×120 cm) are now impossible to recreate and have therefore become truly unique.

Part of this exhibition was presented at the Vienna Museum of Contemporary Art in June 2009.