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IntroductionABOUT THE WORK
Photography duo René & Radka artistically depict female characters who would not seem out of place in an Edward Hopper painting. The duo’s creations are heavily influenced by the 15 years they spent living in Paris. Inspired by classical pieces from art and film history, the pair are able to produce pieces charged with intense longing, loneliness, and melancholy.
It is immediately clear that René & Radka are not focussed on spontaneity, but on delicately and elaborately constructed scenes. Despite this, their works retain a distinct lightness. “Motel Series” is a unique blend of timeless elegance and joyful experimentation. Reflections, transparent fabrics, and the use of shadow provide the images with an endless supply of alluring details to discover. In some cases, the photographs entice with their almost graphical textures and patterned lighting, whilst in others, reflections multiply the images’ subjects and offer the viewer a deeper look into the pictured space. The stylistic approach is reminiscent of virtuoso fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
René, who was born in Germany, and Radka, who was born in the Czech Republic, have worked together since they met in Paris in the early 1990s. During this time, their works have appeared in countless solo and group exhibitions. They are particularly well known for their expressive fashion photography, as well as for more experimental pieces such as “Under water” or “Come and play with us!”
Recently, the duo’s photographs were shown in the Slovakian National Gallery in Bratislava. The influence of American cinema, including directors such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, explains why these glamorous yet intimate moments possess a surreal, almost mystical quality.Bio
René Hallen Studied Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA Radka Leitmeritz Studied Film at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic Lives and works in Los Angeles, USAAwards
2006 Prague Fashion Photo of the YearExhibitions
2012 Dreams and Shadows, Bratislava City Gallery, Slovakia 2012 Colors of the Wind, Bon Marché, Paris, France 2009 Under Water, MNAF Florence, Italy 2009 Under Water, Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France 2006 Moonage Daydream, Viaux Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009 I don’t know what kind of girl I am, New York Photo Festival, USA 2006 Prague Fashion Photo, Manes Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic 1998 Projection Nocturne, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France