>Last week Hassla released a new book of photographs by Pierre Le Hors. Fireworks Studies is a compact, beautiful object with over 300 pages of photographs. Le Hors’ approach to his subject is clever, and we can see in the sharp, contrasting non-tones some otherworldly dimensionality that the traditional spectacle doesn’t achieve.
Firework Studies is a book compiling photographs of fireworks in the night sky. By constraining nearly all tonal values to stark blacks and pure whites, the trails, explosions and clouds of debris are reduced to a series of simple repeated formal elements: arced lines, spherical bursts, and randomly dispersed particles. I made no effort to limit digital artifacts resulting from pushing the image files past their conventional range; the resulting noise becomes hard to distinguish from the texture of the fireworks themselves.
Pierre Le Hors
Published by Hassla
Edition of 500