Jeffery Wolin: Ancient Provence October 10 — November 8, 2003

Jeffrey Wolin, known for his photographs which incorporate text, abandons the written word in Provence, France, taking us on a journey of the Roman ruins scattered throughout France. For more than fifteen years, Jeffrey Wolin has combined his love of words with his passion for making photographs, producing narrative images which offer the viewer a glimpse into the lives depicted. Whether pointing the camera at himself, his family or strangers, Wolin's stories, written directly on his photographs, weave narratives in and around his subjects, offering the viewer a more complete understanding of the person shown.

In his newest body of work, Ancient Provence, Wolin put down his pen, packed his bags and set out on a four year journey documenting Roman ruins scattered throughout Southern France. Fascinated by Roman history since high school, Wolin researched the area, choosing specific ruins to document, emulating the shooting and printing style of such notable 19th and early 20th century documentary practitioners as Eugene Atget, Edouard Baldus and Frederick Evans.

The result of his pursuit takes us into the obscure towns and villages of Provence, France - towns not found on most tourist maps. In these places, ruins of past empires collide with modern life, offering a reality rife with curiosity, humor, beauty and an odd sense of harmony. In one image we see a roman column stoic among the plastic chairs and umbrellas of an outdoor café (Hotel l'Aréna); an aqueduct stands behind a hair salon, the water it once protected now a concrete street filled with people and cars (Aqueduct with Hair Salon, South of Lyon); a weathered chateau wall stands in contrast to a nuclear power plant in the not-so-distant horizon (Ville Féodale with Nuclear Power Plant, Cruas). By referencing today, Wolin fuses the past with the present, revealing an area which embraces both modern technology and its historical roots.

Wolin received an NEA in 1992 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1991, among other awards. He has two books published on his work and is part of numerous collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art , Museum of Modern Art (NYC), and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Images are 12 1/2 x 15 1/4" toned gelatin silver prints made in an Ed. of 15 for $ 1200. Also, available larger.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Jeffrey Wolin
Abbaye de St. Roman, 2003
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Abbaye Le Thoronet , 2003
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Amandier, near Gordes, 2003
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Aqueduct with Hair Salon, 2003
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Aqueduct with Renault, 2003
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Arena from le Calendal, Arles, France, 2003
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Arena, Arles , 2001
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Bridge Remains, Ambrussum, 2003
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Bullfight in the Roman Arena , 2003
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Chateau, Cruas, 2003
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Citadel, Les Baux, 2003
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Columuns, Glanum , 2003
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Necropolis, Abbaye de St. Roman, 2003
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Pont Flavien, St. Chamas , 2003
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Roman Bridge, Viviers , 2003
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Roman Column, Hotel l'Arena, 2003
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Roman Column, Notre Dame de Nazareth, 2003
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Roman Theatre, Orange , 2003
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Romanesque Columns, Abbaye Le Thoronet , 2003
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Rue Obscure, Villefranche Sur Mer, 2003
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Temple of Augustus and Livia, 2003
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View of Nuclear Power Station , 2003