The portraits that Galerie Gmurzynska exhibits in its gallery rooms on Paradeplatz and Talstrasse in Zurich illuminate the career of Ezra Petronio: a legendary personality in the fashion and art world, among other things as a photographer, as well as art director, designer and publisher of Self magazine.
“I'm old school, come from a pre-digital era and have learned how to do everything from scratch. My father and grandfather were already in the same business and the mentors I worked with taught me a love for detail. ”- Ezra Petronio
The exhibition focuses on Petronio's unique use of an artistic medium that Andy Warhol and Luca Samara have worked with, the Polaroid. Using only Fuji's legendary Land Camera and FP-100 Polaroid Films, unique portraits of some of the most influential figures of the past three decades have been created, capturing the groundbreaking changes in art and culture and capturing them for eternity.
The two-part exhibition offers two contrasting, deep insights into Petronio's portrait art. One room shows 120 unique, intimate Polaroids: a dazzling constellation of cultural icons that together convey the almost overwhelming feeling of being close to this radical pantheon of thinkers and creators in the most unique way. In the rooms of the second gallery, works are shown that go beyond the conventional Polaroid frame through the use of enlarged sizes. This emphasizes the material objectivity of analog textures and the deep pictorial qualities of the photographic techniques chosen by Petronios. Through diptychs, triptychs and the creation of collages, the artist creates an unreal extension of his portraits and their qualities and creates a transformative representation of his motifs.
An illustrated catalog with texts and interviews by Charlotte Cotton will accompany the exhibition.
ABOUT EZRA PETRONIO Ezra Petronio, born in New York in 1968, is one of the most influential photo artists of his generation. For more than 25 years, his work for leading fashion and beauty brands has been receiving great feedback. Petronio is the founder and creative director of Petronio Associates, based in Paris, a multidisciplinary creative and strategy agency founded in 1993. Over the past few decades, Petronio has worked with the greatest minds in the fashion and creative industries - Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander and Miuccia Prada, to name a few - as well as art and creative director for industry giants such as YSL, Miu Miu and Chanel. When he founded Self Service Magazine in 1994 and deployed a land camera, Petronio began using Polaroid as his medium of choice for portraits to capture the magazine's characters and personalities.
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