Jean Gaumy: Men at Sea / The Temptation of Landscape
Two exhibitions depict the seagoing lives of commercial fisherman and the daily life in the mountains of the Piedmont region
Men at Sea
In evocative, dramatic black & white photographs, this compelling exhibition depicts the seagoing lives of commercial fisherman as never before. On four long voyages between 1984 and 1998, photographer and sailor Jean Gaumy lived at sea, documenting the fisherman’s daily struggle. He braved the high seas on the first open-decked trawlers, remnants of an earlier age. Gaumy’s love of the sea, of boats, and of the thrill of the catch shines through this stirring tribute to a difficult and disappearing way of life.
The Temptation of Landscape
This exhibition is the result of weeks spent solitarily in the valleys between France and Italy, in the upper Cuneo valleys in the Piedmont region. The goal: to create a testimony of the landscape, capturing the mood and emotions. Taken between 2003 to 2010 these pictures from the mountainous landscape and scenes of daily life tell a story of nature and the passage of time, reconstructing the journey through details, movements and expressions in this personal, nostalgic reflection. A series of written reflections by Jean Gaumy, that comment on the moment of capture and express a unique insight into what is now the landscape, accompany the images.
Städtische Galerie Iserlohn