Richard Learoyd: Dark Mirror at V&A, 24 Oct 2015 –14 Feb 2016
11 November 2015
Richard Learoyd: Dark Mirror at V&A
24 October 2015 –14 February 2016
V&A Museum, Free
Richard Learoyd’s unique and large-scale portrait and still-life photographs captivate viewers with their quiet power and mesmerising detail, which is achieved through an innovative process.
The images are made directly onto colour photographic paper in a room-sized camera obscura. The effect is almost hyper-real but is achieved entirely by non-digital and now obsolete chemical-based photography. Learoyd's sitters seem frozen in deep reflection, and are shown alongside dream-like still life arrangements and mysterious dark mirrors with no reflections. Through a combination of symbolic subjects and sheer visual impact, his elegant compositions question the nature of optics and test limits of photographic representation.
John Jones were delighted to work again with V&A to provide the museum standard framing for this exhibition.
Read a case study about John Jones recent framing for V&A's major retrospective Horst: Photographer of Style in 2014 .
Image: Installation (c) V&A