(Image: Almond Chu, Prodigio, Digital Inkjet Print On Fine Art Paper, 2008; © Almond Chu / Courtesy Osage Gallery)
Almond Chu (b. 1962, Hong Kong)
In his series “Horses”, Almond Chu gives us yet one more series of exquisitely made photographic works. Known for his superb black and white nudes and his stark compositions during the ’90’s, Almond Chu has since ventured into several new areas of expression. In recent years he has explored new themes and has worked in colour, both in and out of the studio, including urban documentary, still life, social commentary and experimenting with digital image manipulation.
As with most of Almond’s studio work, the composition is kept to a minimalist level with clean, strong lines delineating the subject. These images truly bring out the classical and majestic beauty and power of these creatures. But there is more to Almond’s photographs than just a strong composition or attention to detail, there is also a non-tangible quality, a sense of deep comprehension. The smoothness of their coat is unexpectedly broken by branding iron scars, intended to surreptitiously remind the viewer that no matter how proudly these animals stand, they are still considered property, they belong to human owners. The rich texture of the horses’ skin and mane, offer a delightful break against the solid black background. The detail is impeccable and the choice of medium perfectly complements the subject matter. The series are printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper with pigment based archival inks.
Education: Graduated from the Fine Art Photography Department of the Tokyo College of Photography,1986.
(Text Source: Art Cue)