Lucien Herve (Lazlo Elkan)

I came across the photographer Lucien Herve while reading about the Swiss/French Architect Le Corbusier. Herve, a Hungarian by birth, born in 1910, changed his name several times, but settled on Lucien Herve while working with the French resistance. Herve had moved to France at the age of 19, the country became his home for the rest of his life. During the war he had been arrested by the Nazi’s and escaped from a prion camp continuing to work in the resistance up until the end of the war.

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Herve did a number of jobs before becoming a photographer including working in the fashion industry and as a scenery painter in theatres. He worked as a photographer for a number of magazines, but it was a series of images he made of the ‘Unite d’Habitation’, a large housing complex in Marseilles, that caught the attention of the Architect, Le Corbusier. Seeing Herve’s images Le Corbusier employed him as his photographer.The pair worked together for 16 years up until Le Corbusier death in 1965.

In addition to his architectural photography Herve also made portraits of a number of well known figures including; Jean Cocteau and Henri Matisse.

Looking at Herve’s images of buildings and structures he creates a sense of the modern, he emphasises shape, form, modernity and whilst creating some quite abstract images does not loose the sense that these are space for people to live.

Viewing the work with a 21st century eye there is something stark and austere, but the 21st century viewer carries information about the social challenge and indeed catastrophe of some types of tower block living, but in the context of the time they were made there was probably something very hopeful and optimistic in the futuristic lines and curves he isolated and accentuated.


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Copyright Lucien Herve

Herve’s work is almost all made under natural light and he use of contrast to create a sense of shape. Having spent time looking at his work I intend to create some new images in my ongoing project to document Brutalist architecture under threat. I’m also going to try and use some of this influence in my rework of assignment 4.


Koetzle, H-M. (2011) Photographers A-Z , Taschen, Gmbh

Herve Family Website: (accesed Febr 2016)




Robert Huasser

Hausser was a German photographer, born in 1924, the winner of more than 50 awards including being the recipient of the 1995 Hasselblad Award.

I came across the work of Hausser while researching my reworking of assignment 4. I was investigating shape and form and although Hausser seems to have worked in a wide variety of genres, spanning both commercial art photography, there are some striking images that record and fantastic sense of shape and form from the world around him.

Working predominantly in black and white, Hauser seems to have captured something quite beautiful in the mundane. The images below resonated with my intent in assignment 4 , all be it that I was  concentrating on shape and form under artificial light.


Copyright Robert Hausser

There is a wonderful symmetry and sense of line and surface, as well as a sense of the abstract whilst also being simply a picture of a very repetitive hoarding. There is also some human interest in the distance, something I lacked in my assignment images.  I genuinely had not seen this image before I made mine above though!

The image above again is beautifully simple and yet really engaging, it has an almost science fiction quality, I had to do a double take as to what it was. It’s reality is far more mundane,and is part of a tube line construction.

Koetzle  (2011) suggests he had a:

‘remarkable eye for the absurd in the trivial’

I am inclined to agree with this statement but also feel there is a really thoughtful geometry to his work, which in turn creates a very interesting compositional approach.

I am unsure how well known his work is beyond the art world, and I will explore the work of Hausser further, there is I think much to learn from his work and much to be  inspired by from his images.


Koetzle, H-M. (2011) Photographers A-Z , Taschen, Gmbh

Preparation for reworking Assignment 4

In preparation for reworking assignment for I looked at the work of Geert Goiris following a recommendation from my tutor. In planning the reworking the assignment, one image from my original submission was identified as being the strongest , my tutors specifically said:

‘It begins to find the sculptural quality of an object – which is something night photography helps immensely by subtracting distractions and especially an over-bright sky”

The image shown below is of remarkably mundane object, a builders hoarding, but it takes on a different form under cover of night when lit by tungsten and halogen!

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I was encouraged by this statement because it really resonated with my own thought about the whole set I submitted. I was struck by the entirely different form

Goiris is a Belgian photographer born in 1971 whose work seems to be quite experimental and is hard to define within a single genre. However it was his landscape work that I was drawn to and in particular the strange alien feel he creates

Goiris work is instantly other worldly to me and his images of what look like abandoned places have a dystopian feel while also being visually beautiful. Lunn (2015) suggests that Goiris work is: .

”..mundane yet spectacular, familiar yet unfamiliar”

an analysis that I entirely concur with.

Goiris’s work creates a mood and a sense of place that is at times quite familiar but simultaneously alien. The image below epitomises this for me in that it is clear it is the remains of a human construction, but is is also strangely unfamiliar. The image raise questions about where itv was taken and what happened to this space, was it abandoned and why?


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Similar the image below has some thing of the mundane about it whilst the location is far from mundane!


Copyright Geert Goiris

In reworking the assignment i thought i might look for the mundane under artificial light to see if I might capture a different view or indeed a different sense of an object. The sculptural nature of things might , as with my image of the hoarding take on a different guise. I also thought I needed to explore the unfamiliar as part of the rework and decided to go to locations alien to me in which to make the images.

More to follow…….


Lunn, O. (2015) Unfathomable: Geert Goiris’ futuristic objects in abandoned landscapes, British Journal of Photography found: (Accessed February 20i6)