Lucien Rizos from Traffic Lights, 1981
LUCIEN RIZOS EXHIBITION OPENING
You are warmly invited to attend the opening of
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.
Lucien Rizos from Unposed Portraits, 2014
Contact sheet from Traffic Lights, 1981