A panel discussion focusing on body positive issues in contemporary art will take place on October 10th from 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Gallery Max.
“The Alchemy series explores the singular beauty of the human form,” says Leroy. “The creative collaboration between myself and the athlete creates moments of pure sculptural balance and anticipation that defines the graceful lines and impossible gestures captured in these images.
Alchemy is Leroy’s most defining project. His collaboration with professional athletes with varying body types began in 2017, and has resulted in images that are vulnerable and explicit without sexual objectification. The photos are notable for the tactile permanence of flesh revealed through the in-camera technique and lighting that enhance textures and brings out details unseen by the casual glance. Intentional shadowing and the ambiguous mixture of masculine and feminine posing further blur the lines between the body and identity, challenging viewers to question their assumptions. By emphasizing form over identity, Leroy seduces the viewer with insights that reveal empathy and acceptance for the physical similarities of the human body over individual differences. The photographic style developed by Leroy over months of experimentation produces arresting clarity and a unique, dark metallic look reminiscent of a Daguerreotype in the pixel age.
For more information about the Alchemy series and to view featured images, visit editions.michelleroyphoto.com
About the Artist
Michel Leroy was born in America in 1971, and grew up in Montana. He lived in London and Florence before finding his way to New York City in 2000, where he established a reputation as an award-winning entertainment and advertising photographer. His clear style captures an authentic connection to real personalities – from Olympic athletes to celebrity chefs.
Leroy’s extensive awards and honors include Sony World Photography Awards, Communication Arts, Graphis, PDN, PX3, IPA, American Photography, and the Eddied Adam Award for a Portrait Series. In addition to his ongoing dedication to personal projects, Leroy continues to shoot advertising campaigns for leading agencies and brands, including Adidas, Intel, L’Oréal, Travel Channel and The Food Network.
Leroy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography with a minor in Communications from the University of Dayton in 1995, with a year abroad through Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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