Anna Miles Gallery: Lucien Rizos – ‘Unposed Portraits’


Lucien Rizos_from Traffic Lights 1981
Lucien Rizos from Traffic Lights, 1981

 

LUCIEN RIZOS EXHIBITION OPENING

You are warmly invited to attend the opening of

UNPOSED PORTRAITS

Sunday 21 June 3-5pm

On exhibition until 25/07/15
Anna Miles Gallery
10/30 Upper Queen St, Auckland, 1010

Lucien Rizos was born in Wellington in 1953 and studied graphic design at Wellington Polytechnic in the early 1970s. Since 1974 he has been a violinist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the beginnings of his musical career, the orchestra regularly toured regional centres nationwide. In 1979, while on tour, Rizos set out to photographically document New Zealand. Thirty years later,  A man walks out of a bar… : New Zealand photographs, 1979-1982, a book that borrows its format from Robert Frank’s 1958, The Americans, was published (Rim Books, 2011).

By 1984, Rizos had rejected what he now describes as his ‘Doco Style’ phase (1976-1983), in favour of more conceptually inclined photographic methods. This exhibition presents Rizos’ new work, Unposed Portraits (2014), telephoto-assisted extreme close-ups of people in vehicles, alongside Traffic Lights (1981), photographs of pedestrians, shot quite literally from the hip, at intersections in Wellington and Auckland.

 

Rizos from Unposed Portraits 2014
Lucien Rizos from Unposed Portraits, 2014

 

Contact Sheet from Traffic Lights 1981

Contact sheet from Traffic Lights, 1981

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