Grob Gallery is pleased to announce our BIG presence at Photo London, 2021, featuring a solo booth of large-format contemporary works by the British photographer Damion Berger, drawn from new and recent series and being shown for the first time, alongside a second booth hung in salon style and curated around themes of flowers and still lives featuring some of last century’s greatest photographers, from Constantin Brancusi, André Kertész, Man Ray, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, William Klein, Nobuyoshi Araki, Andy Warhol and many more.
Damion Berger‘s artistic practice operates between abstraction and conceptualism. Taking an unorthodox approach to traditional photographic process, his work often employs long-exposure and in-camera techniques to make photographic ‘recordings’ that probe the nature and conventions of photography. His Black Powder and Vessel series; photographs of worldly events memorialized with pyrotechnics and all-night-long exposures of yachts drifting around their anchor, are ‘experiments’ in mark-making – quite literally painting with light, and explore the relationship between space, time, and motion. Berger’s methodology flips Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’ on its head by making a single photograph over an extended period of many hours, rather than hundredths of a second. Referencing the arc of photography’s technological evolution, the resulting exposures are printed in the negative as a facsimile of the original processed sheet of film.