History of Our World

Lux et Nox | Bill Henson

Posted in Art, Photography, Print by R on January 8, 2010

Untitled #31, 1998

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Untitled #115, 2000/2003

Australian artist Bill Henson is a passionate and visionary explorer of twilight zones, of the ambiguous spaces that exist between day and night, nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs of landscapes at dusk, of the industrial no-man’s land that lies on the outskirts of our cities, and of androgynous girls and boys adrift in the nocturnal turmoil of adolescence are painterly tableaux that continue the tradition of romantic literature and painting in our post-industrial age. The rich chiaroscuro, the oscillating light, and the masterful composition of his photographs map enigmatic states that escape rationalism’s iron grip, providing a much-needed antidote to a culture that increasingly looses itself in a numbing vortex of blinking screens and glittering surfaces.

Were it not for Henson’s primary, almost devotional need to elicit empathy for his troubled human subjects, there’s a feeling that nothing would prevent the black in his photographs from completely absorbing his attention and extinguishing his work.


Lux et Nox

Bill Henson : Dennis Cooper




Bill Henson

Roslyn Oxley9 gallery, Sydney



(Apologies for the dirtiness of the scanner.)

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  2. kseverny said, on January 9, 2010 at 00:27

    very atmospheric shots.
    Great job

  3. Joshua said, on January 10, 2010 at 23:37

    How’d it take you a year to get to henson on here? ;)

    One of my favorite blogs – keep up the good work.

  4. marco said, on February 15, 2010 at 10:15

    the best blog ever!!!!

  5. Daniel said, on May 11, 2010 at 13:05

    thanks for this.

  6. […] story all together. I might investigate further with this type of illumination in a smaller form. Bill Henson is one of my favorites and I'm sure this would be an issue he would run into time to time if he […]

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