These incredible photogravures by Hendrik Faure have been popping up all over my frequented internet spheres lately. The German photographer used to be a medical professional and even ran a psychiatric unit at one point, which no doubt influenced the still life photographs he began making in the mid-1990s. The images remind me of Joel-Peter Witkin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Mary Frey, in all the best ways.

From a statement on L A Noble Gallery‘s website: Hendrik Faure’s series titled “Photogravuren: Pictures on decay, beauty and death” are exquisite photogravures which depict still life and lonely landscapes with richly textured, haunting results. Using objects in his studio Faure creates intimate microcosms combined with the reoccurring themes of life, beauty and decay. Flora and fauna wilt and dry alongside animals, reptiles, birds, skulls and mannequins. Despite the sombre nature of the the subjects his imagery is rich with emotive and silent composure. The distressed appearance of Faure’s photographs creates a venerable classicism. His sometimes-surreal scenes slowly reveal themselves amidst the distressed qualities of the gravure.

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