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Preview: Archetypes, Jacques Sonck, L. Parker Stephenson Gallery, Manhattan, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Untitled, 1986

Untitled, 1986

The L. Parker Stephenson Gallery recently opened an exhibit featuring the work of Belgian Jacques Sonck. Born in 1949, Sonck’s work is sure to appeal to fans of photographers such as Bill Brandt, Paul Strand and Diane Arbus. 

The subjects in Sonck’s photographs vary in age, size, gender and style. They face the
camera alone, in pairs or in groups of three. They are often presented in a manner that
references classical composition, yet they always remain approachable, even familiar.
While the images from Sonck’s 40 years of portraits hint at the influences of August
Sander and Diane Arbus, they are subtle and multi-layered belying first appearances. His
focus on individuals as well as relationships among them is done with tenderness, humor,
poetry and respect. Sonck presents the uniqueness of each sitter and in doing so puts
into question the meaning of an “archetype”.
Sonck’s portraits have been exhibited at the Museum of Photography, Antwerp; the
Museum of Photography, Charleroi; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the National
Media Museum, Bradford; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris among other institutions. The
Gallery’s presentation of Sonck’s photographs coincides with a large solo exhibition
(curated by our partner gallery, Fifty One Fine Art) in a former citadel dating from 1811,
situated in the coastal town of Ostende, Belgium. A catalog, Jacques Sonck: Encounters,
has been published to accompany the exhibition and will be available at the gallery.

This is Sonck’s first exhibition outside of Europe, so if his work intrigues you, be sure to give it a look. The exhibition  will conclude on August 15th.

For More Information: L. Stephenson Gallery

 

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