publication is part of the 'Des oiseaux' (french for 'On birds')
collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their
immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable. Accompanying
these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre writes a special
essay. For this title, Lesaffre focuses on the relationship between
humans and birds from the first prehistorical representations to the
domestication of certain species, the use of birds as weapons in the
hunting world to the history of birdwatching. Titles in this collection
include: ALBARRÁN CABRERA, Graciela ITURBIDE, Leila JEFFREYS, Michael
KENNA, Yoshinori MIZUTANI, Bernard PLOSSU, Pentti SAMMALLAHTI, and Terri
Making visible the silence, the simplicity of nature and a sense of passing time. The photographs of Korean Byung-Hun MIN, made between 1998 and 2020 throughout he world, take on the evanescence of a pencil sketch. With their subtle contrasts, their play of silky tones, they seem to show a fleeting instant between clarity and dissolution.
Byung-Hun MIN’s birds in his photo volume 'Des Oiseaux' live in an ethereal space. They seem enveloped in a white veil, in a silvery light. The virtual monochromy of the image, the uniformity of the tones, oscillating between white and gray, the absence of perspectives and contrasts, the simplicity of the construction and the minimalism of the forms reproduce a reality that has become fantastical. The photographer’s painstaking work printing each negative allows him to reproduce not only what he saw, but also what he perceived. Min’s birds are an invitation to contemplation.