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Shadows, reflections and all that sort of thing

Purdy Hicks Gallery presents Finnish photographer Jukka Puranen’s exhibition Shadows, reflections and all that sort of thing in London from March 3rd to 28th. The exhibition presents work from two recent series, which are inspired by light, shade and reflection.

Shadows, reflections and all that sort of thingShadows, reflections and all that sort of thing was evolved when Puranen started photographing historical portrait paintings in strong lighting that revealed the roughness and irregularities of the surface, and thus awakened the past of the portrait’s subject. Puranen continued his treatment of light and shade by photographing his own garden through black-painted acrylic sheets. This collection is called Sixteen steps to paradise, and is photographed exactly sixteen steps from the artist's home door.

Sixteen steps to paradiseFor the artist, reflections are way to catch the relation of past and present. Puranen’s works defy the accepted standards of a well-made photo, and thus have separated from the real world. “Photography’s capacity to register reflections is actually its singular gift. What other medium deals so expressively with the play of light and shadow?” he asks.

Puranen, born in 1951, currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He studied photography at the University of Art & Design in Helsinki in the seventies and worked there as professor of photography in the late nineties. During his distinguished career he has held many solo and group exhibitions in Finland as throughout the world.

The exhibition runs from 3rd to 28th of March at the Purdy Hicks Gallery during the gallery’s opening hours.

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 11am-6pm 

Purdy Hicks Gallery
65 Hopton Street
London SE1 9GZ

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Updated 02/03/2011

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