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William Ropp

Lot 70

Fish Eye, from the series Dreamt Memories from Africas, 2016

ESTIMATE: $4,750

Inkjet Print, Hahnemühle Photo Rag, Printed in 2018, Edition 8/10, 23 ¼ x 17 ¾ inches, signed on certificate

Courtesy of the artist and Throckmorton Gallery, New York


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. The resulting portraits seem to come from a different time, unifying ancient mysteries and timeless questions.

In 2010, Ropp started incorporating color into his portraits, which is now integral to his work. He is the author of several books on photography and conducts photography workshops. Ropp’s work is in several collections, including those of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and the New York Public Library, New York. He lives and works in France.

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