Gilles Lorin photographer printmaker
photographer, alchemist & printmaker

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Abridged introduction by Jörg Maaß, Platinum Prints, Jörg Maaß Kunsthandel (Berlin, 2018) - click link to view the catalogue.

Photographer, alchemist, printmaker. First, Gilles Lorin searches to capture the soul of the motif, be it a tree or a bronze Buddha statue, be it a still life or a real person. But right after taking the picture, the bigger part of the alchemist’s and printmaker‘s work begins. He strives to provide the picture‘s best possible performance, and that is the artist‘s real art. He achieves this in many operation rounds in the darkroom, organized like a lab. Difficulties never turn him down but present a great challenge and motivation to achieve what he has in mind, they are pure inspiration for him and generate new energies. And trust that he solves the problems – even if it takes years. He never stops until the results meet his expectations.

Credit: Ron Talis 2016, 5x7 palladium contact print on handmade gampi-shi

Credit: Ron Talis 2016, 5x7 palladium contact print on handmade gampi-shi

In our digital world, photographic artists like Gilles Lorin are a true exception. This may sound rather banal, and that is why it needs to be explained. Gilles is – in a highly demanding way – in search of the best possible result, of the maximal quality of the print on the possibly ideal paper for the respective subject. 15 years of experimentation and further development of his skills to overcome difficulties, and thus encouraged to find new solutions, have lifted him onto the quality level on which he is working today. Superficial, fugitive, and rapid – that is not given to him. He strives to get things perfect and timelessly beautiful.

Gilles prefers platinum-palladium prints. These metals provide, if compared to gelatin silver prints, a wider spectrum of tonal values and endless shades of grey. While silver remains suspended in gelatin on the surface of the papers, platinum and palladium penetrate the fibres and affiliate with the paper which becomes part of the image itself. Gilles treasures Japanese gampi paper which is one of the finest and most exquisite papers in the world. It allows even deeper shades of black and supports a very fine, subtle gloss.

If you indulge in Gilles Lorin’s pictures, they will never leave you. It is this highly sophisticated mixture of artisan skill, love of experimentation, and carefulness with various materials and chemicals, his precision and sensitivity, that develops a piece of art out of the motif, representing the fascination radiating from his works.

Gilles Lorin had an eventful life among most disparate cultures. His profound art-historical education and his personal disposition of striving for perfect results, with regard to all aspects mentioned earlier above, enable him to produce photographs of utmost aesthetics, in very small edition sizes, and using the most precious papers. His expert knowledge and the many tricks and secrets he generated from his experience enable him to fathom the possibilities of utmost picture quality and create masterpieces of Prints.

Published in Lomography Magazine:

The work of French photographer Gilles Lorin is anything but normal. His carefully crafted prints and images play around with contrast, shadow and light, and touches on the theme of mortality. His fantastic work with various traditional photographic processes gives his images a serious tone, brooding visuals, and alternative effects like his glistening photos made with gold leaf. Gilles Lorin is a skilled darkroom technician and a gifted photographer. His work with platinum palladium printing, glass negatives, and photogravure has set his images apart from the crowd. 30 of his prints will be on display at the Kunsthandel Jörg Maaß in Berlin, Germany this September 26 until November 22, 2018. Lorin’s images will be divided into different categories such as Memento Mori, Classical studies, portraits, and flower still lifes. The artist will also talk about his works and techniques at the exhibition. As modern technologies take over, it’s always comforting to know that there are people like Lorin who keep the old ways alive. His expertise in this field of photography and darkroom processes is nothing short of amazing. The images he produces are works of art — carefully created, masterfully printed, and should be thoughtfully preserved.

Chronology

1973 Born in Aix-en-Provence.

1975 - 1988 Lives in Megève in the French Alps. Develops a passion for the mountains and discovers darkroom photography in early teens.

1988-1990 High-school diploma from Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida. Starts studying drawing, painting and sculpting. Continues his interest for photography.

1990-1992 Studies Business Administration at Loyola University of Chicago, alongside Applied Arts and Art History.

1992 Returns to France to study Art History at the Université de la Sorbonne - Paris I

1995 Bachelors Art History

1997 Masters Archaeology, mention très bien

1997-2000 Christie’s, King Street, London, Japanese specialist

2001-2015 Returns to Florida to work in the family business of Asian art and antiques

2002-2005 Lives in New Orleans, his interest for photography is growing.

2005-2015 Lives in Winter Park, Florida, builds his first real studio where spends most of his spare time experimenting with photography.

2015- Returns to Europe, establishes his studio in the Southwest of Germany and works full-time as a photographer and printmaker.