The exhibition “Stars of No Tomorrow” by photographer Laurent Friob opened in the Reykjavík Museum of Photography this week. The photographs are from an eponymous series and were all taken of Godafoss waterfall in northeast Iceland in 2008.
“The mechanical reproduction of reality is specific to photography. The photographic image is a cutout of space and time, a paper fragment of immaterial depth. The camera functions like an hourglass of light flowing between worlds,” the artist says of his work.
“In photography images are cast in light not matter. As time surrenders just an instant in its infinite stretch, the image remains still. Something in image taking undoes time’s rhythm,” he continued, concluding:
“There is a tension between sense and sensation in image making. So for me photography is akin to all things useless yet persistent: it speaks of our own glows and glimmers; how light radiates, extinguishes, pulsates and explodes.”
Friob was born in Luxemburg but lives and works in Brussels. He has an MA in Theoretical Physics and is also educated as an audio engineer but has no formal training in art.
Friob has exhibited his work widely and represented Luxemburg at the European Month of Photography in 2006. His photographs have also been published in respected photo magazines.
“Stars of No Tomorrow” runs through February 9, 2010. The museum is open from 12 to 7 pm on weekdays and from 1 pm to 5 pm on weekends. Admission is free.