The group exhibition with Albarrán Cabrera (ES), Jeffrey Conley (US), Paul Cupido (NL), Mika Horie (JP), Douglas Mandry (CH) and Naohiro Ninomiya (JP) is dedicated to the broad range of print techniques in fine art photography. The special care of choosing the paper and developing techniques is evident for every of the exhibited artists. The spectrum includes early techniques from the 19th century, like cyanoty- pes by the Japanese artist Mika Horie or the analogue salt prints by Douglas Mandry as well as innovative new print techniques that combine historical techniques with a playful and experimental new approach – including pigment prints on gampi paper and gold leaf by the Spanish artist duo Albarrán Cabrera.
Jeffrey Conley for instance is a master of print techniques: silver gelatin, platinum, or pigment prints on bamboo paper – all prints are made by hand with the greatest care and in-depth knowledge by the artist. Albarrán Cabrera personally handcraft their prints in their studio using a wide range of processes and materials either by inventing new techniques or by experimenting with established ones expanding their “photographic syntax”. The exhibition gives an insight in the importance of the careful handling with tradi- tional to recent techniques and of the materiality and sensual experience of prints.
Albarrán Cabrera is the artistic duo of the photographers Anna Cabrera and Angel Albarrán. During their career, they have exhibited in different countries: Spain, Japan, Switzerland, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Lebanon, and Italy, both in private and public collections including Hermès, The German Bundestag’s Collection, De Nederlandsche Bank, Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), and The Photographic Archive (Barcelona). Albarrán Cabrera also collaborated with several publishers as Adelphi Edizioni, Mondadori Libri, Penguin Random House, Diogenes Verlag, RM Verlag and Ediciones Atalanta as well as institutions such as La Monnaie De Munt and the Belgium’s fe- deral opera house.
Jeffrey Conley is a fine art landscape photographer whose works have been exhibited at several galleries and fairs. His solo exhibitions primarily took place in the USA since 2002, but also in Switzerland in 2022, while he also atten- ded several fairs such as Paris Photo, Photo London, and Photo Basel. His photographs have entered in the collec- tions of several institutions as the Museum of Art (Nanao, JP), Monterey Museum of Art (Monterey, CA), Museum
of Fine Art (Houston, TX), and Slazburg College (Salzburg, AT). Two monographs of his work, WINTER (2011), and REVERENCE (2018) have been published by Nazraeli Press.
Paul Cupido (1972) graduated with honors from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam in 2017. He has since published va- rious artist books, among which Searching for Mu (2017), Continuum (2019), and 4 a.m. (2021) – each one in colla- boration with graphic designer Akiko Wakabayashi.
Cupido’s works have been exhibited widely, among others at Paris Photo, Unseen, and Nordic Light Festival. Cupido is represented by Bildhalle Gallery (Zurich & Amsterdam), Danziger Gallery (NYC & LA), and The Photographer’s Gallery (London). In 2022 Cupido was invited to become the inaugural artist-in-resident for INSTANTS, a Château Palmer and Leica residency program.
Mika Horie (1984) is a Japanese photographer who graduated at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. After her bachelor, Horie spent one year in the UK for a MA European Arts Practice (Fine Art) at Kingston University in Lon- don. She also took an apprenticeship with a traditional papermaker in Shiga learning about Japanese paper and the cyanotype printing technique. During her career, Horie has exhibited in Japan, South Korea, Belgium, The Nether- lands, and in the UK. In 2021, she also published her book Trees, Water and Light with Ibasho & the(M)éditions.
Douglas Mandry (1989) graduated in both Visual Communication and Photography from the University of Art and Design ECAL in Lausanne. He has been nominated for numerous awards including the Paul Huf Award and Swiss Federal Design Award and he also won the «Foam Talent 2020». The series of works Monuments and Unseen Sights were exhibited in several group exhibitions, including the Kunstmuseum Wien, the Foam Museum Amsterdam and the National Museum Luxembourg. Mandry’s works were also presented at various art fairs such as Paris Photo, Photo London and Art Rotterdam. His latest series Gravity Flow was presented to an international audience at the West Bund Art & Design in Shanghai in September 2022. Douglas Mandry’s works are represented in numerous collections: including the art collections of Swiss Re, the ZKB, the Canton of Zurich, Credit Suisse, Swiss Post, the Dutch National Bank and ABN AMRO Bank.
Naohiro Ninomiya lives and works in Strasbourg (France). He was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1969. In 1996, he quit his job in a company to work on a farm in the Hokkaido region, but in 1998 he moved to France and changed his direction to art. Ninomiya takes most of his photographs in his native region of Gifu, and prints and finishes them by himself in his atelier in France. The form of his work is very varied, because he is always looking for the appropriate support and technique for each project. Simply printing his negative images in his studio is not the goal of his work. He also wishes to engrave the moment of the atelier in his work. In the increasingly flat world he tries to make his work more rough and tangible.
He has participated in various group and solo exhibitions and won awards: 3rd Place of EMERGENT ARTIST AWARD 2011-2012 (2012), Selection at Descubrimientos de Photo Espana (Spain, 2006), Selection at Voies Off des Rencontres d’Arles (France, 2006), Winner of the first prize of Arts du Rotary 2004, Strasbourg (France, 2006), and Winner of the prize La Découverte in 2004 (France, 2004).