Né en Allemagne en 1962, Alfons Alt s’installe en France en 1985. Il travaille et se forme aux procédés anciens de la photographie chez Jean-Pierre et Claudine Sudre, puis chez Jordi Guillumet à Barcelone. Son travail en est donc inspiré puis personnalisé et finalement baptisé Altotype. Ce photographe devient ainsi un Altotypiste, en quête de lumières particulières ; il explore, comme un funambule, l’équilibre possible permettant aux pigments d’honorer au mieux ses photographies.

Il s’agit toujours de tirages uniques. Le procédé photographique est pigmentaire et non argentique. Les différentes étapes font appel à plusieurs techniques. Alfons Alt choisit les sujets derrière son appareil photo avec engagement et intervient ensuite sur ses tirages en tant que chimiste, graveur ou peintre et utilise de nombreux supports : toile, papier, bois, porcelaine, verre, cuivre, zinc… Sa pratique quotidienne de la photographie artisanale est reconnue dans de nombreux pays.

Ses interventions, très appréciées dans l’architecture contemporaine, sont demandées autant pour l’intérieur que pour l’extérieur, en Europe et plus particulièrement en France et en Allemagne.

B.G.

Born in 1962 in Germany, Alfons Alt settled in France in 1985. He worked and learned about the old photography techniques, firstly with Jean-Pierre and Claudine Sudre, and then with Jordi Guillumet in Barcelona. His personal work resulting from all those inspirations is called « Altotype ». This photographer is therefore an “Altotypiste”, always looking for specific lights: he explores, as a tightrope walker, the possible equilibrium that allows the pigments to honour his photographs.

Each print is a one-off. The photographic process is using pigments rather than the technique of silver gelatin. All the different steps call on various techniques. Alfons Alt chooses its subjects behind his camera with dedication and then, works on the prints as either a chemist, an engraver or a painter, using different types of mount: canvas, paper, wood, porcelain, glass, copper, zinc… His daily practice of the artisanal photography is recognised in many countries.

His interventions are popular in contemporary architecture, and are requested for both inside and outside projects, within Europe and more precisely in France and Germany.

B.G.

 

Avec la galerie :
Exposition personnelle – novembre 2013
Exposition collective « Grand écart » – novembre 2015
« Un artiste dans votre chambre » au Château des Vigiers – 201420152016

Committed to living artists for more than 25 years, Bénédicte Giniaux started in the Oise and Paris regions before moving to Bergerac, Dordogne, where she opened her own art gallery in 2011.
In the heart of the historic centre of this charming city, the gallery presents the work of twenty permanent artists. The figurative art, which is here always customised and stylised, remains a priority, through various themes (the world of humans and animals, journeys, nudes, everyday life scenes and still-life paintings). Numerous abstract artworks are also on display.
In this art gallery, poetry, tenderness, humour and life stories are predominant. The artworks are signed by professional artists deeply committed to their work. Some of them even have a solid reputation abroad.
From small to large formats, the artworks are made of bronze, terra cotta, raku, iron, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, glass fusion, etching, engraving, drawing, collage, watercolour, pastel, acrylic paint, oil paint, photography…

The gallery is run with passion by Bénédicte Giniaux. All her energy is dedicated to various artists, from France and abroad, with whom she chose to work and on long-term partnerships. They work hands-in-hands with a mutual confidence.
Throughout the year, various events give the gallery its tempo: solo or collective exhibitions, in situ with the permanent artists of the gallery, as well as outdoor exhibitions in partnership with important places, such as this summer exhibition at the Château des Vigiers.

“Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.” Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Bénédicte Giniaux dans sa galerie à Bergerac

Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.”   Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Les sculptures de Patrice Mesnier dans sa galerie à Bergerac