Hélène Binet’s show at the Julius Shulman Institute sheds light on the art of contemporary photography
Hélène Binet scooped the coveted Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award for 2015, so it was only fitting that the renowned organisation set up an exhibition of her work to mark the occasion. Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light is a celebration of the photographer’s ongoing contribution to her field.
Over twenty-five years, the Swiss-French artist has offered her unique perspective to the work of internationally acclaimed architects across the globe, from Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind, to Peter Zumthor and Caruso St John. Her work is underlined by her strong compositions, use of light and her meticulous analogue processes.
This show, on display at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery (WUHO), is Binet’s first West Coast exhibition and her third in the United States. It was curated by Binet together with Emily Bills, the Institute’s Managing Director. ’Binet is an advocate of using film over digital methods, developing exquisite prints that reflect a deep concentration on the production of each image,’ says Bills.
Binet is recognised not only as a leading international photographer, but also as one that has helped shape the contemporary architectural photography scene. Above all, she is acknowledged for her unique way of capturing the journey of light through a building. It is this quote by Louis Kahn, Binet says, that expresses her work: ’The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.’