DAVE HEATH - DIALOGUES WITH SOLITUDES
Dave Heath / Courtesy Michael Torosian
FROM SEPTEMBER 14 TO DECEMBER 23, 2018 LE BAL PRESENTS THE FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO DAVE HEATH IN FRANCE
Dave Heath (1931- 2016) holds a unique place in the history of American photography. Influenced by Eugene W. Smith and the masters of the Chicago school including Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, he cannot be considered as a documentary nor an experimental photographer. His work is above all a testimony of his presence in the world, recognizing in the other an alter ego immersed in his inner turmoil. In the 1950s, he became one of the first photographers to radically express the feelings of alienation and isolation which are inherent to the modern times.
His series, produced between 1959 and 1961 in Washington Square, depict perfectly the tension between the individual who has lost himself, the tumultuous American streets and the tensions resulting from a time of doubt in American History. A Dialogue With Solitude, published in 1965, stands out as one of the most controversial books of the decade.
As the first major presentation of his work in France, this exhibition brings together around 150 contemporary prints and original maquettes. Organised with the support of the Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto), Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York) and the Archive of Modern Conflict (London), the exhibition will lead to a book co-published by Le BAL and Steidl.
— Diane Dufour