VALERY LIPPENS PHOTOGRAPHY
A PIX A DAY
Throughout the years, Valery Lippens has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of shows demonstrating his singular talent for understanding his subjects: ranging from his street photography, his collection of ‘ephemeral’ photographs about urban decay, to his images for documentaries or NGOs, to his six last series: ‘Haecceity’,‘Panopticon’, ‘Wandering Eye’, 'Spotted !', 'Fragmented Memories', and 'From Dusk Till Dawn.'
In his past six series, he challenged the tradition of individual picture-making by exploring the potential of multiple frames, and poetically critiques our perceptions of bustling city life. Revisiting the idea of a single static viewpoint, Valery Lippens found a way to more accurately reflect our perception of the world – one that is often formed by incessantly scanning people and places around us.
Today, Valery Lippens looks further. With his last serie 'From Dusk Till Dawn', he now travels the countryside with a surveying eye. An intense activity where the resonance of space suddenly relaxes time and its shadows. In his new work, the frenzy of before, like the mirror of his retina, slowly dissipates. Nothing is left behind. The space expands, cleans itself and lets itself be dazzled, quietly. His landscapes of light encompass a larger world and blow us an air of peace of hope and spread by opening the sea at our feet. The blues and oranges are filled with intensity, the whites are golden, the blacks throb with impermanence. These new dives into the color light cleans the retina to the bone where the urban landscapes swarmed extravagance. Valery calms down, his work feels it.
VALERY LIPPENS ///// 1972
PHOTOGRAPHER BASED OUT OF BRUSSELS & LONDON
The son of a prominent Belgian photographer, Valery Lippens was “born with a camera in his crib.” Photographing his way through a law degree at ULB in Brussels, a Political Science BA at Columbia University in NYC, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Photography at Central Saint Martins in London, Valery Lippens creates work that elegantly surprises, magnifying the unique and subtle qualities of his subjects.