Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Through the window

One of Floriane de Lassée's magnificent cityscape portraits

Photographers are an inquisitive bunch. They may deny it but it's a fact that photographers have this unquenchable fascination with the world at large. It's a human thing that we like to know what's going on around us, and photographers just take that interest one stage further - they record it.

This image, and the others in the collection, remind me of the Alfred Hitchcock's film 'Rear Window' that ironically featured a photographer, played by the great Jimmy Stewart, as the main character. Two separate photographers, Floriane de Lassée and Gail Albert Halaban, have brilliantly documented two great cities, Paris and New York, using the cityscape, night lights and windows to create a very intimate portrait of people going about their everyday lives in a large city.

The images are beautifully shot and are landscape images as much as they are portraits of the people featured in the photographs.

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