This candid black-and-white exhibit features images from Bitton’s world travels as well as famous "Hands Portraits", echoing the artist's spontaneous photography. Bitton, who shot the photographs almost exclusively with his Leica Monochrom Typ 246, sought to capture natural-feeling, unguarded snapshots. This criterion is central to Bitton’s Hand Portraits, in which he focuses on his subjects’ hands to illustrate their uniqueness.

About the exhibition:

Darker Than Blue features people going about their daily routines in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Paris, The Bahamas, and New Orleans. The show as a whole is representative of Bitton’s “always-on” photography style, resulting in high-contrast, high-grain images.
The title of the exhibition, like the style of the photographs, carries on the tradition of documenting black history, subtly connecting the past to the present. Darker Than Blue references a 1970 Curtis Mayfield lyric from the Civil Rights-themed, ‘We People Who Are Darker Than Blue.’

About the artist:

French-born Grammy Award nominated artist Mathieu Bitton is often dubbed the “photographer of the stars”. But he also has designed over 800 CDs, LPs, DVDs, posters, books and other products and is a world-renowned collector and authority on Black films. He has worked for such prestigious clients as Prince, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Quentin Tarantino, The Jackson 5, and many more.
Bitton is the 2012 recipient of one of France’s highest honors, Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Knight of the order of arts & letters). His first feature documentary film “Looking Back On Love” about Lenny Kravitz was released to high praise in 2013. The first edition of his Darker Than Blue book with Leica sold out in a couple months. His current touring exhibition Darker Than Blue opened to huge success at Leica Gallery Los Angeles and is making its East Coast premiere at Leica Gallery Boston.
 

About Leica Gallery Boston:

Opened in 2016, The Leica Gallery Boston strives to bring world-class art to the residents and visitors of Boston, following Leica’s long tradition of excellence and commitment to quality in cameras, lenses, and photojournalism. By curating exhibits from world-famous photographers and hosting special engagements with featured artists, Leica Gallery Boston provides an eye-opening programming to further this mission.

For the opening reception with the artist on March 9th (6:00PM-9:00PM), RSVP here.
For the artist talk on March 11th (2:00PM-4:00PM), RSVP here.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Leica Gallery Boston 74 Arlington St, Boston

Leica Gallery Boston Presents Darker Than Blue from Grammy-Nominated Artist Mathieu Bitton

When
March 9th-April 30th. Opening reception: March 9th. Artist talk: March 11th
Where
Leica Gallery Boston
74 Arlington St, Boston

This candid black-and-white exhibit features images from Bitton’s world travels as well as famous "Hands Portraits", echoing the artist's spontaneous photography. Bitton, who shot the photographs almost exclusively with his Leica Monochrom Typ 246, sought to capture natural-feeling, unguarded snapshots. This criterion is central to Bitton’s Hand Portraits, in which he focuses on his subjects’ hands to illustrate their uniqueness.

About the exhibition:

Darker Than Blue features people going about their daily routines in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Paris, The Bahamas, and New Orleans. The show as a whole is representative of Bitton’s “always-on” photography style, resulting in high-contrast, high-grain images.
The title of the exhibition, like the style of the photographs, carries on the tradition of documenting black history, subtly connecting the past to the present. Darker Than Blue references a 1970 Curtis Mayfield lyric from the Civil Rights-themed, ‘We People Who Are Darker Than Blue.’

About the artist:

French-born Grammy Award nominated artist Mathieu Bitton is often dubbed the “photographer of the stars”. But he also has designed over 800 CDs, LPs, DVDs, posters, books and other products and is a world-renowned collector and authority on Black films. He has worked for such prestigious clients as Prince, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Quentin Tarantino, The Jackson 5, and many more.
Bitton is the 2012 recipient of one of France’s highest honors, Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Knight of the order of arts & letters). His first feature documentary film “Looking Back On Love” about Lenny Kravitz was released to high praise in 2013. The first edition of his Darker Than Blue book with Leica sold out in a couple months. His current touring exhibition Darker Than Blue opened to huge success at Leica Gallery Los Angeles and is making its East Coast premiere at Leica Gallery Boston.
 

About Leica Gallery Boston:

Opened in 2016, The Leica Gallery Boston strives to bring world-class art to the residents and visitors of Boston, following Leica’s long tradition of excellence and commitment to quality in cameras, lenses, and photojournalism. By curating exhibits from world-famous photographers and hosting special engagements with featured artists, Leica Gallery Boston provides an eye-opening programming to further this mission.

For the opening reception with the artist on March 9th (6:00PM-9:00PM), RSVP here.
For the artist talk on March 11th (2:00PM-4:00PM), RSVP here.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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