"MAPUTO" BY THIBAUD YEVNINE (2011)
Fresson print on Arche Bristol paper (2018)
Numbered 1/1, signed and dated at verso
Paper size: 28.6 x 36.5 cm (11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in)
Image size: 22.8 x 30.3 cm (9 x 11 7/8 in)
Provenance: Artist’s studio (France)
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Thibaud Yevnine who currently lives in Marseille (France) is a young emerging photographer with a poetic eye and a humanist nature. Impassioned by literature, poetry and music, he found in photography a way to fully express his inner feelings. Through his frequent travels in South America, Estern Europe and Africa, he has built a very personal body of work, focussing on ordinary and simple matters and working in a slow fashion. Thibaud's photographs have been exhibited in many festivals and published in several countries in the last 10 years and we feel he is currently getting some momentum. We suggest you watch out for his name!
Thibaud Yevnine was introduced to us by the renowned French photography consultant Sylvie Hugues. As Thibaud was back from the Mozambique, she came with him and we spent some time looking at his photographs. This Maputo image stood out straight away and, let's be honest, we literally fell in love with it! But we wanted to provide our collectors something even more special. Thibaud then had this brilliant idea which was to try to have it printed by the legendary Fresson family. As Thibaud came back few weeks later to show us the final result, our jaws just dropped open! Sylvie Hugues explains: "Thibaud Yevnine chose a very special print process for this photograph shot in Maputo, Mozambique. The Fresson process fits particularly well this photograph as it renders perfectly the subtle colors of this African scene. The warm tonalities and the sensual lighting unveils brilliantly the atmosphere Thibaud has found in Maputo. His photograph carries a true sense of poetry".
This process known as the Fresson process, represents in the photography world a true myth! The Fresson process, commonly referred to as direct carbon printing, reveals a depth and richness in photographs that is truly unmatched. The images combine the moody quality and textural richness of a charcoal drawing with the detail and resolution of photography. In 1899, Théodore-Henri Fresson showed the French Society of Photography “Photographic prints made on charcoal paper made without transfer.” He managed to achieve this result by preparing his paper with several coats of different light-sensitive layers. Fresson famously did not patent his process, but maintained a high level of secrecy surrounding the production details. Even today the process remains proprietary. The Fresson Process continues to be widely regarded among discerning photographic enthusiasts in part because of the very things that make others look down upon it: difficulty, complexity and time. With an archival quality close to that of platinum, Fresson prints stand alone. It is for this reason that countless museums, national archives and private collectors seek out these works.