HAPPY
/ L.A. HYDER
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Absent any human presence except her own, Happy/L.A. Hyder's work transcends traditional photographic notions of voyeurism,narration or observation. Her photographs reveal a feel for pattern, a fascination with shape, form and light that emerges from her search to engage us in a different way of seeing the details of our environment.




Her pursuit of her personal vision began 20 years ago when she first picked up a camera. Influenced by memories of the photographs of Margaret Bourke-White and Dorthea Lange in Life magazine, she initially shot in black and white. Over time, she experimented with different formats and color, eventually arriving at an approach that embodies her beliefs about art and photography.




Hyder's recent photographs of Parisian architectural details resonate with a passionate intensity, capturing the essence of a site romantically and realistically. Questions are radiantly posed in these photographs. Who lives behind these shuttered windows? Who met on this bridge? Who kissed goodbye near this gate?




The essential nature of the photographs details the primary force of Hyder's"lesbian gaze" - her lesbianism is not separate from her artistry - a particularly sensitive outlook informs all her work.


 

"Pont de la Tournelle"
C print
15" x 15"
1997


"Paris"
C print
15" x 15"
1997


"Montmarte"
C print
15" x 15"
1997
"Montmartre - Bar/Danse"
C print
15" x 15"
1997


"Objets de Passion"
C print
15" x 15"
1997