Red Harvest


The French photographer Marguerite Bornhauser borrowed its title from Red Harvest by the pioneering American detective novelist Dashiell Hammett. The artist presents a selection of photographs, which, when seen together, seem to provide the starting points for enigmatic stories. The images conjure a world of summer skies, languid figures and dappled light, suddenly interrupted by clues to ‘something’ that might have happened.
Marguerite Bornhauser’s work combines apparently spontaneous scenes with carefully constructed compositions, blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction. By refusing to caption her images and situate them in the context in which they were taken, she makes each photograph into the starting point for a deliberately subjective narrative. Her photographic language, characterised by vivid colours, implacable shadows and close-ups, offers a free interpretation of reality.
Manon Demurger

For her exhibition at the Museum of European Photography (MEP) in Paris, Marguerite Bornhauser worked with one of the last photographic laboratories to work with Cibachrome paper and chemicals. The Cibachrome process, first developed in the 1960s, is renowned for producing durable archival prints with vivid, brilliant colours and a glassy surface. It remained popular into the 1980s but subsequently almost completely disappeared from mainstream use. Thanks to surviving paper stock and chemicals, and technicians eager to preserve the memory of the technique, the Cibachrome process has been made available to a younger generation of photographers.

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