Monochrome Images: Argentinian Photographic Artist Jose Luis Gambande

Orleans 2, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

Although photographic artist Jose Luis Gambande chooses the subjects for his monochrome photographs on his weekly walks in cities he visits–last month he made a huge quantity of photographs on a trip to Spain and France–he does not consider himself a Street Photographer. “Usually I walk and shoot in the city once a week,” says Jose, “I take buildings and cityscapes because I like to register those things that are permanent–always there– around us. I am not a Street Photographer in the sense of taking the city movement, or the street dynamic life. I like the steady things in the city, the landscape of the permanent.”

Paris #2, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

Jose Luis Gambande, enjoys working in digital monochrome, treating each black and white photograph like a unique thing–a unique opportunity to make each image something special.

A LA OFICINA, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

He also loves the discovery process on the streets of cities and during post-processing of this images, stating that — “Frequently, when I begin processing an image taking off colors I discover a new shadow, a new light, a new bright that was never seen when taking the photo.”

 

 

BARRIO, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Jose Luis Gambande was born in Argentina 58 years ago. “I am an electrical engineering and work as that for my living,” says Jose, who is married and has two sons. He recalls how,in his childhood he studied fine arts and enjoyed painting–first, with brushes and paints and lastly digital painting using inkscape software.

 

CARRERA, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Always intrigued by photography but never thought he could make it, Jose only began making photographs six months ago. “I began shooting just for curiosity and found it likes me,” says Jose.

ARBOL, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

As Jose says of his image making philosophy– “By the way, my knowledge of photography techniques is yet very limited. I like to take a good shot (with a good composition) and then make some digital operations (as little as possible) turning the image to a higher level of complexity and impact. I use an image editor. I don’t like to give a “message” with my photos, only an aesthetical representation, and maybe discover a new thing or a new view in a well-known place.”

ESTUDIO 17312, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Jose Luis Gambande offers Limited Edition prints directly from his website here. He is also available for assignments.

Jose has open edition prints available in his Saatchi Online portfolio: https://www.saatchiart.com/gambande
Follow Jose on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

SILLAS Y MESAS, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

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On the Move: Cultural Mobility Info Network for Artists

Artists interested in gaining influences and impressions from outside cultures, by taking up an artist residency program in another country, will find many such opportunities listed on the On The Move–Cultural mobility information network site. Find details on residency opportunities in Asia and Europe — here.

For Latin America there is special focus on the countries of: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean region here.

As an example of an International Residency Program hosting international contemporary artists, a new space in Dublin, Ireland, in newly converted stables, (as shown in the photos below), has a rolling deadline for artist applications here. The residency is associated with an artist run gallery.

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International Art Center Competition Prize

2012 Faena Prize for the Arts: Call for entries                                             www.faenaartscenter.org/premiosf  (the site is in both Spanish and English)
The competition is open to artists across the world and will award a grant of 25,000 USD to the winner as well as up to 50,000 USD to finance the production of a site-specific project that will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires in mid-2013. In addition, two special mentions will go to two other projects with a prize amount of 500 USD each.The prize winner will be selected by an international jury that includes US curator Carlos Basualdo,François Pinault Foundation’s Caroline Bourgeois and Argentinean curator Inés Katzenstein,under the supervision of Ximena Caminos, Executive Director of the Faena Arts Center.Located in the old engine room of the historic building Los Molinos, a turn-of-the-last-century Belle-Époque landmark, the center has over 4,000 m2. The winning project must take into account the physical and symbolic space of the Faena Arts Center, interacting in a novel, intelligent and poetic way with the building and its urban setting. Artists or artistic collectives from across the world are invited to submit their projects for installations, sculptures, as well as graphic, technological and audio arts or combinations among these different expressions. Entry forms, criteria, deadlines and more information are available at: www.faenaartscenter.org/premiosfInternational Media Contact: Faena@NadineJohnson.com

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