The Light Fades but the Gods Remain

by Bill henson


The Light Fades but the Gods Remain by Bill Henson. First edition (2019). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About The Light Fades but the Gods Remain

The Light Fades But the Gods Remain presents Henson’s musings about the Melbourne suburb where he grew up. The bulk of the book is devoted to an iconic series he shot when he was in his 30s. The final 11 images were commissioned for an exhibition by the nearby Monash Gallery of Art and shot in 2018 and 2019. Henson, now in his 60s, explains that “I came to understand that what I wanted to capture and hold on to was a place which no longer existed. The possibility of photographing the landscape of memory and in so doing return to the ‘lost domain’ of childhood seemed both beguiling and yet so unlikely.” Although Henson may not be well known outside of Australia, he is one of the most celebrated contemporary photographic artists Down Under. This book is a showcase for his singular style. His painterly approach draws from the traditions of romantic literature and painting, with Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro lighting, elements of Flemish still-lifes, and a touch of Edward Hopper’s lonely voyeurism.

About Bill Henson

Bill Henson is a widely acclaimed Australian contemporary photographer. Henson has exhibited extensively. Both in his native Australia since his first solo exhibition in 1975 at the age of 19. Which was at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. As well as this his work has been exhibited internationally. Henson’s photographs explore themes of the Romantic movement. Such as the Sublime in contrast with intimacy found in the everyday moment. So, His use of chiaroscuro and a reduced palette coupled with a tendency to underexpose creates images that recall Flemish still-lifes and the works of Caravaggio. Henson, who describes his subject matter through shadow as much as through light. Therefore, he manages to evoke a sense of uncertainty and beauty, not only in his figure studies but also his photographs of seemingly banal landscapes such as those in his Suburban Series.

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