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Tosani, Patrick

John-Paul Stonard

in Oxford Art Online


Published online July 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T097700

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(b Boissy l’Aillerie, France, Sept 28, 1954).

French photographer . While studying architecture in Paris (1973–9), Tosani produced his first experimental photographs, systematically exploring the possibilities of focus, depth of field and scale. These ideas were subsequently developed in series of photographs that focus on one object or figure, arranged in a studio. His interest in the idea that photography can disrupt ordinary cognitive processes can be seen in a series of photographs taken of small figurines, mostly dancers or sportsmen, encased in ice. With Le Plongeur (1987; 1.2 × 1.7 mm, colour photograph; Paris, Gal. Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert), a diver caught mid-plunge in a slowly melting block of ice, he demonstrated an interest in scales of magnitude and time. Other series made during the 1980s were concerned with elements of fire and rain, as well as sense perception: for example, the series Portraits (1984–5) made from highly blurred photographic portraits projected onto sheets of Braille. Towards the end of the 1980s and throughout the 1990s his imagery became more organic, focusing especially on the human body. The series ...

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Subjects: Photography and Photographs ; Architecture ; 20th-Century Art ; Contemporary Art

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