Regis Lansac

Head On Photography Exhibition

Exhibition of Regis Lansac’s photographs at Janet Clayton Gallery:
3–28 May 2017

From the media release:

Born in Lyons, France, Regis Lansac has carried a camera with him from the age of 10, when his father gave him his first brownie, formally studying photography in Melbourne later in life. Over the past 35 years, since his permanent relocation to Australia, Lansac is best known for his dance and theatre photography and in particular his visual set designs and the iconography he created for Meryl Tankard and her dance theatre companies.

Lansac’s curiosity as a photographer ranges far wider, an observer of the striking and unusual. His current exhibition, a play on the French word ‘mur’, gathers images of walls that speak to him, to the people contained within the images, and to the viewer.

Regis Lansac’s photography has featured in solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Dusseldforf and Paris. In 2008, a survey of his work ‑Vita Breva — was held at Wollongong City Art Gallery. The National Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia hold examples of his work

Lansac’s vision is revealed through his flaneur approach to seeing and framing the world within the camera lens; funny or philosophical graffiti, remnants of street posters, the minutiae of street activity and traces of life; and in contrast, the immensity of the built environment and architectural form.

We think we go through life with our eyes open, so hence we should see, but as Lansac points out during our conversation, many look but they do not actually ‘see’. This role of seeing and showing is left to the artist, the photographer, the flaneur who walks the streets with their eyes open and the camera always at the ready.

Donna MF Brett, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edited excerpt from essay on Vita Brevis exhibition, 2008

Link to Head On — click here.

Link to Regis Lansac’s website — click here.

Link for the Janet Clayton Gallery — click here.

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