Jean-Paul Picard

In the last 5 years, Picard’s documentary photography has entered a new experimental stage. The view from a camera, any camera, is limited by the view finder. Like a window in a room it frames the scene. The left, right, top, bottom, even behind the camera is hidden from view. The exposure is a duration of time that is a fraction of a second. Modern and contemporary film and digital cameras expose the image by allowing the light to scan across the focal plain. One side of the image is shot at an early point in time then the other. This is similar to how a scanner works where the light bar goes across the length of the glass, recording the document place on it. If moved before completion the top of the document would be recorded but the bottom would not. Taking advantage of this, during the exposure the camera moves as if it were a person who sticking there head out the window and looks up, down, to the side and sometimes behind. The resulting is a “Sweep”.

A photograph which capture the movement and scene of panning view. Like memory, some parts of the photograph are clear while other parts breaking up and or disappearing. In many cases the traditional rigid shapes of the rectangle and the square are broken, creating a shaped image when position and printed on a white ground, define both the shaped of the “Sweep” and the negative shape of the background. The only manipulation before printing is sharpening, minor cropping and exposure adjustments.

Picard has worked in photography, graphic design and web design since his days at Parsons School of Design, graduating in 1978. His professors included George Tice and Louis Fauer. Picard teaches photography and web design at Hudson County Schools of Technologies and lives and works in Hoboken since 1981. His present studio is located at the Neumann Leather Building.

  • 05-nl_alley
  • jp_picard_4
  • jp_picard_5
  • jp_picard_6
  • jp_picard_3
  • jp_picard_7-2