Bernard Plossu – ‘Couleur Fresson’

”Photography doesn’t capture time, but evokes it. It flows endlessly like fine sand, and the changing landscapes change nothing.”

French photographer Bernard Plossu started taking photographs by chance in Mexico in 1965 and since then for over 50 years he has never stopped, creating sensual images with a unique style that can be identified as his own. He has captured landscapes around the world predominantly in black and white but lately, using the Fresson carbon printing process, he has begun to embrace the color.

Bernard Plossu - Couleur Fresson

Bernard Plossu – Couleur Fresson

 

“The Fresson process is a rare and unique way to print color: it can be called “charcoal printing” as well. The grandfather, Theodore Henri, invented the process in 1899 and his son Pierre followed up. Later Michel and now Jean François—four generations, in all—carry on the tradition. What’s special is that it produces a particular mood, with a kind of grain that gives the land and the skies a matte sensation. It makes my pictures somehow peaceful and not at all tape à l’ oeil [flashy]. There is nothing glossy here, nothing spectacular, just the opposite, which is what I am looking for.”