Edizioni Arezzo&Fotografia 2012 André Devlaeminck

André Devlaeminck

the fine art of impressionist pictorialism the good , the pure and the everlasting,

While the digital image hasn't reached its peak yet, interest in lost antique alternative processes of the turn of the 19t -20th century reappears.
As during 'pictorialism' (1890-1930) , fine art photography is booming in the visual arts.
The medium photography is in fierce competition with paintings in art galleries and auctions.
Investing in the art of photography is in an upward trend . Even in Europe.


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Pictorialist photography has been embraced initially only by the elite and then spread to the provincial intelligentsia who understood bringing of " the good, the pure and the everlasting " was nothing short of an ethical duty. Pictorialism was part of that.
The current revival of interest in the genre is due in great part to the efforts of some romantic photographers with not only a passion for antique alternative print processes but  also with an ethical feeling, spirit and soul for the pure, the light and atmosphere.
Belgian image poet - fine art photographer 'Radan' André Devlaeminck (FLEMING) (°16.02.1952),"Landscape Top Photographer" at the present worked as a successful  professional portraitist,a corporate and location, and fashion photographer in the 70's and 80's before concentrating on fine art photography.
At this day Radan re-applies as a pictorialist the alternative processes Bromoil and Gum Bichromate after studying photographic archaeology and nights of experimenting.
Bromoil is notoriously difficult to master.
The bromoil process briefly is, that the original photographic exposed silver image, contained in gelatine on a bromide print, is bleached away chemically, replaced and applied by brush with a lithographic greasy ink.The brushes are redesigned on the same way as the earlier handmade brushes . The newly created ink image is comparable to a  lithographic print. Everlasting and permanently lightfast.
Only ONE original is available . So called '' Haute Couture '' in photography.
This labour-intensive process, hand dyed-in-the-print with colour pigments, accentuates lively the lyrical pictorial image with a mystic light and colour effect.
The artist denominates his technique :
The pictorial images small paintings alike are this very date unique in the world.
And comparable to the impressionistic granular autochromes of the Lumière brothers introduced by Alfred Stieglitz in New York in 1907.
What immediately strikes in RADAN's Arcadian land and seascapes are the poetic impact and the alternate palette of water , light and the rebellious whims of the pregnant cloudy skies.
A classic adage to create a mystic and overwhelming atmosphere filled with inexpressible grandeur and lyric silence which makes man conscious of his metaphysical smallness.
An escape from this 'brutal world' and the hectic of every day. The images are the expression of a nostalgic cherishing and they radiate a serene peace through the balanced pictorial composition.
The artist gives this all an esoteric touch through his accurate observation and reproduction of the theme, thought for detail, but particularly through the high-tech finishing, the artistic and cultural - historical value of each image.
As a layman you don't need prior technical knowledge to appreciate this eclectic work:
a beautiful image is of all times such as an anthology, perfume and a beautiful melody.
His photographs tailor-made framed, and his chromobromoils threefold matted framed with British vintage look root wood are certified one single museum quality vintage prints and become collectibles like jewels:

Of some pictures replicas or exact copies are available with the highest attainable photo quality of digital output on professional photo paper, difficult to distinguish from the originals.

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