Monday, June 16, 2014

Thomas Dozol is a Martinique-born and New York-based photographer

Martinique-born and New York-based self taught photographer Thomas Dozol has had his work featured in Another Man, Vogue Paris, Paper and Interview. His first solo show, I’ll Be Your Mirror in 2008, received great critical acclaim, not because it featured images of Gwyneth Paltrow and Dozol's boyfriend Michael Stipe, but because it was shot with an incredible intimacy, fragility and domestic stillness. Dozol’s subjects – who include 25 of his friends, acquaintances and family members – were shot 15 minutes after stepping out the shower: natural, raw and metaphorically stripped bare. For his current exhibition All Together Now, showing at NP Contemporary Arts Center in New York's Lower East Side, Dozol continues with this theme of closeness photographing models naked and cropped in on. Evoking propagandistic aesthetics his images appear like posters with graphic blocks of colour printed over his black and white nudes. Inspired by the optimism and utopia of Wannsee in Berlin and the Cité Radieuse of Le Corbusier in Marseilles, Dozol attempted to create his own visual language of utopian forms whilst at the same time leaving much speculation to the viewer.

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