Bill Henson – From the series ‘Paris Opera Project’, 1990-91. Type C-photographs

In 1990, Henson was commissioned by the Paris Opera to produce a series of artworks that could be displayed at the Opera. The series features his signature portraiture style of close-up portraits and long distance landscapes. Using Rembrandt’s style and chiaroscuro lighting, which has been a strong influence in his work. The subject matter in this body of work are a contrast between portraiture and nocturnal long distance landscapes. The various pairing of people in this body of work in an apparent grand setting left the viewer to interpret a range of possible meanings. Henson said he wanted to capture “a group of people gathered together in a dark place awaiting some special event”.



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