Leica Gallery Los Angeles is proud to showcase "The Van Gogh Affect" by National Geographic contributors and photographers Lynn Johnson & Patricia Lanza, beginning on December 5th. This visual series features a unique story of the human connection in relation to Vincent van Gogh's personal work as told by Lynn and Patricia in their own personal perspectives.
On view until January 13th, 2020.
"These images are a selection of photographs produced for National Geographic over 25 years ago—both published and never seen. My hope was that black & white film and a formal square frame would transport the reader back in time, allowing them to stay by Van Gogh’s side, as he traveled through his elevated and tortured life. The original images—modest next to Van Gogh’s extravagant reality—were made in the places where he walked, lived, painted, and suffered. Vincent’s trove of letters, written and received, were my guide from place to place, pencil sketch to painting. Read in cafes and taxis, under trees and in trains— the letters had the power to engage body and spirit.
Both the original and new images are fragments of a meditation on why we as humans, need creativity at our core—why the art spirit is a life force that can fuel both wonder and addiction."
"I have felt a certain power of color awakening in me."– Van Gogh
When Van Gogh was 30 years old and had been an artist for three years, he discovered color. Color soon dominated all his perceptions of the world. Traveling and working in France fostered one of the most prolific periods of Van Gogh’s life. In a very short time, he produced hundreds of oil paintings and drawings, indeed some of his finest masterpieces were created between 1884 and 1890.
Following in Van Gogh's footsteps, the route of the sun, Patricia sought to capture with camera, creating images, what Van Gogh dreamed on canvas.
Explore the connection between photojournalism & art photography with Patricia Lanza in an artist talk at Leica Gallery Los Angeles on Jan. 5th, 12 PM - 2 PM. Register here.
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