Close encounters with animals: from Paris to L.A.
A striking nighttime image of two leopards, one snarling in profile, the other looking warily over its shoulder, appears on posters all over Paris announcing “anima,” an exhibition of photographs by Jean-Francois Spricigo.
On view at the Palais de l’Institut de France through Nov. 21 and coming to Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles in January, the show introduces a body of work produced by the young Belgian artist who won the 2008 Prix de Photographie de l’Academie des Beaux-Arts.
One of many applicants for the prestigious annual prize, Spricigo submitted eight prints and a proposal to a jury appointed by the academy. He was awarded 15,000 euros (about $22,500) to realize the project, a suite of 60 black-and-white images of animals.
Most of the cats, dogs, donkeys, goats, horses, cows and birds depicted in the pictures emerge from the dark as unexpected encounters with creatures caught in motion. Whether seen up close or at a distance, the animals confront viewers with surprising intimacy.
-- Suzanne Muchnic
Images: Photographs by Jean-Francois Spricigo from his “anima” series. Credit: Jean-Francois Spricigo