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Le clair-obscur de LO KEE

Discover the exhibition by talented French photographer Lo Kee from June 25th to July 31st at cSPACE (on the same floor as Alliance Française).

"I like to say that there are photographers who take pictures to meet other people and there are photographers who take pictures to meet themselves. I’m definitely part of the second group."  - LO KEE

Temps faible photographer

Like Raymond Depardon, Henry Cartier-Bresson or André Kertesz who share and shared the love of "temps faible", I am seduced by the poetry of the mundane. While everyone will understand the meaning of "highlights", "temps faible" is the opposite. I believe that the absence of a sensational event does not justify the fact of not taking photographs. In fact, I think the exact opposite.

Suggestion as a weapon

In the continuity of this attraction for the mundane, my approach is marked by a self-effacement which translates into distance with my subjects. The characters, when present, are often so only in shadows, reflections, and silhouettes, regularly crossing the frame or shot from behind. This serves as a reminder that passage and absence are recurring themes in my work.

Chiaroscuro overall

My universe has an intense visual signature made of strong contrasts—a play of shadows and of reflections. Fascinated since childhood by chiaroscuro and more precisely tenebrism, I claim a direct influence by the works of Caravaggio or Flemish painters such as Rubens, Vermeer or Rembrandt.

“More than a particular topic, what stimulates my creativity is a strong attraction for the mundane and the aesthetics.”

LO KEE (born 1989) is a Paris-based French photographer specializing in black and white. After completing his master's degree from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne university, Lo Kee devoted himself entirely to the practice of photography in 2015.

In 2017, he was recipient of the ADAGP prize (financial support for an emerging photographer) and the Jean Larivière Prize. The following year, his work was exhibited for the first time in a gallery and featured prominently in Fisheye Magazine. In 2019, he received the Prix Coup de Coeur Canon and his works featured in several collective exhibitions abroad. That same year, Lo Kee was appointed president of the photographic section of France’s prestigious Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (a multi-secular French association created by Théophile Gautier and Eugène Delacroix).

In 2021, Lo Kee exhibited at the Orangerie du Sénat and, in 2022, completed a creation/exhibition residency in Toronto, Canada.