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Lot 66

William Ropp (France)

Susie, 2005

Silver gelatin print, printed in 2005
17 x 12 inches (43 x 30 cm), signed in pencil on back

Courtesy of DeFrog Gallery, Houston , TX

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Artist Bio

French photographer William Ropp is well known for his unique style of lighting and often is referred to as a “shadow sculptor.” He places his subjects in complete darkness and takes photographs by using long exposures and “painting” the sitter with the beam from a flashlight. His subjects redirect the gaze toward the viewer, who is made aware of looking at the un-fathomable black and white pictures. In his portraits of children, Ropp reveals an ambivalence in each child’s facial expression that does not fit with the customary presentation of the “cheerful child.” Through this ambivalence, the viewer’s childhood emotions and memories, often long forgotten, are awakened. Ropp is the author of several books on photography and conducts photography workshops. His work is in several collections, including those of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and the New York Public Library, New York. Ropp lives and works in France. /
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