THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY OF ALEXANDER LINDSAY
Exhibition Launch: 18th April 2019 18H00-21H00
Exhibition Run : till 5th May 2019
The Vineyard, Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Alexander Lindsay creates monumental landscape photographs of extraordinary honesty, clarity, and beauty. He has developed his own techniques to capture and print, in minute detail and on an epic scale, wilderness regions of the world and beyond the edges of human influence. He pushes photographic processes and technology to extreme levels but chooses to eschew all forms of photoshop manipulation or artifice. His photographic art process is as ‘pure’ as he can make it, reflecting the unsentimental, raw essence of the environments he lives in for his work.
In 2017, he came to photograph in Southern Africa over a period of 7 months, focusing on Namibia, South Africa, and Lesotho. During a time of intense drought and water rationing, his photography often reflects the cruelty or gift of rainfall, from the dying quiver tree forests of Namibia to the life-affirming thunderous waterfalls and awe-inspiring green expanses of the Lesotho highlands.
Alexander’s latest African photographs can seduce with their beauty and detail, but behind these seductive images, is the antithesis of what modern life is increasingly about. Laid out in huge and savage focus, it bears artistic witness to the fragility and rarity of our remaining untouched world.
Alexander’s Southern African travels followed those of his ancestor, Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay), who arrived in Cape Town in 1797. Encouraged by John Barrow and his tales of ‘The sublime and the beautiful, the tame and terrible’ regions of South Africa, she conducted a series of long expeditions in the Western Cape, recording her experiences in journals and watercolors.
Alexander Lindsay – www.alexander-lindsay.com
For the past 35 years, Alexander has brought his film and stills cameras to some of the most extreme situations and environments on the planet. His earliest experiences living with and photographing the Maasai tribe in Tanzania led him into documentary film making. He made war documentaries over a 5 year period in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, immersing himself within both sides of the conflict. He then filmed the First Gulf War (subsequently returning to Iraq for the Second Gulf War in 2004). This was followed by 5 years of pioneering documentary filming and photography of the wreck of the Titanic, 4km beneath the ocean’s waves, at one point even entering the wreck itself in a submersible.
These varied documentary experiences ultimately led him to his freest artistic expression as a photographer of our imperiled natural world. Linking all his projects, Alexander has always sought to immerse himself in situations where, as he explains, ‘the imagination is rendered unnecessary’.
His work has been exhibited internationally, and his photographs are included in major private and corporate collections around the world. He also works on specific commissions for corporate and private clients.
Alexander Lindsay’s limited-edition photographs are available for purchase. He will be available for private tours of the exhibition. This extensive exhibition presents limited edition photographs ranging in size from 1 meter to 5 meters wide. All works will be for sale.
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