Jean Luc Mylayne

How does a French photographer wind up in West Texas? But of course, for zee bluebirds. The Blaffer Gallery is presenting work by Jean Luc Mylayne, the artist’s first solo exhibition in an American museum. Born in 1946 in Amiens, France, and trained as a painter, Mylayne became a photographic pioneer; he invented about 50 lenses that allow multiple focal point perspectives in a single exposure. In 2004, Mylayne and his wife began spending six months of the year in Fort Davis, Texas, to shoot, er, photograph birds. Although he likes all species, Mylayne is especially fond of bluebirds and, therefore, the Davis Mountains, as it is one of the only places where all three types of bluebird can be seen at the same time. The exhibition’s 20 large-scale color photos, many of them four-by-five-foot prints, transcend conventional wildlife shots in their philosophical reflections on the nature of existence. Consider Jean Luc Mylayne the Jean-Luc Godard of nature photographers. Fin.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Nov. 10, 2007


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