BOP … in search of humanistic photography at Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011

BOP ... in search of humanistic photography © Arnaud De Grave

BOP ... in search of humanistic photography © Arnaud De Grave



HESO contributor Arnaud De Grave is a co-founder of BOP, Bricolages Ondulatoires et Particulaires, a French photography collective which roughly translates to “wave and particle craft.” The main goal of the eight members, as stated on their website, is to “promote film photography.” Though keeping analogue photography alive and well is only one of their goals. In their latest collective exhibition, “BOP … In search of humanist photography”, featured at the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the French bring the noir et blanc with a particularly human touch.

Exhibiting eight separate yet coherent sets of gritty black and white photographs showing the world through the disparate eyes of a collective spread throughout the globe: a recollection of a trip through the streets of old Shanghaï, abandoned places around Grenoble, France, and the forgotten faces of eastern India.

More abstract sets focus on communication or the lack thereof, people in their own environment and exposure, in a literal and figurative sense. While BOP hosts many virtual exhibitions on their own site, the body of work on display in Copenhagen is mostly new work and definitely merits a trip to the show.

Currently ongoing through Sunday, June 19th, 2011 in Tove’s Galleri, Vesterbrogade 97, in Copenhagen, the highlight may be Saturday night when BOP pairs with Silver.Spoon Guerilla Dining to co-host “A walk…Epicurian journey through humanist photography” a French/Mediterranean inspired five-course beverage-paired guerilla event prepared by Chef Henrik Jyr, whose goal is “to make life as simple and enjoyable as possible.” Sounds as delicious as their Thanksgiving Feast. Tickets available here.

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