The official representation of Leica for Bulgaria – VIP Trading Digivision Ltd. invites you to visit the exhibition:
Masters of photography VI
LENNY KRAVITZ. FLASH
MATHIEU BITTON. ASCENSION
April 7, 6.30 p.m. – Opening
April 8, 6.00 p.m. – Talk with Mathieu Bitton and Peter Coeln
VIVACOM Art Hall
4 Gurko St., Sofia.
Masters of Photography is organized by MUSIZ Foundation and America for Bulgaria Foundation in partnership with VIVACOM and is supported by Embassy of the United States, Austrian Embassy and Sofia Municipality.
The life of a rock star is lived in public. Celebrated, admired, but also observed, crowded and pursued by fans and photographers, groupies, autograph hunters, gossip columnists and reporters – all armed with smartphones, TV and digital cameras, microphones. And flashes.
Lenny has turned the tables – and the camera – and trained his Leica on the caravan of reporters and fans, which accompanies him wherever he goes. He has turned the surreal situation of being the focus of attention, constantly faced with a living wall of camera lenses, into a series of photographs. In laconic black and white images, Kravitz captures the repetitive ritual that takes place around him on an almost daily basis.
“It’s interesting that the very people who chase me to take my photographs have become the subjects of my first photo exhibition. Through turning the lens back on them, I have indirectly taken a deeper look at myself and the surreal world that I live in when on the road. What once was intrusive has now become a beautiful moment of a dance between the hunter and it’s prey.”
Mathieu Bitton’s portraits show new facets of life within the rock music circus. The photographer, a long-time comrade-in-arms of Kravitz, has accompanied the musician on his world tours, capturing both grand poses on stage and quiet hours between concerts. These works were exhibited for the first time as part of the exhibition FLASH at OstLicht Gallery. Bitton is awarded with many prizes for his work behind the camera and as a graphic designer, but one of the most important recognitions for his work is the 2010 Grammy nomination for the box set “A Cabinet of Curiosities” for Jane’s Addiction. In 2012, Bitton received one of France’s highest decorations, the medal of Chevalier Dans L’Ordre Des Arts & Lettres (Knight in the order of arts and letters) from