Patrick Alphonse (*1965) works with photogravure on handmade Japanese paper - a technique that originated in the 19th Century and is closely associated with the beginnings of photography.
The process of photogravure created works that traverse the space between photography and graphics. Patrick Alphonse's works are characterized by clear lines and strong contrasts. The imagery is at once clean and complex. He sees himself in the tradition of the Humanist Photography (from the French tradition of "photographie humaniste"), which closely links humans to their environment. While connecting earth and sky in infinite shades of gray, the artist tells stories of life and death. Patrick Alphonse called these works "Le chant de la mélancolie" (The Song of Melancholy) and complements each picture with an apt lyric.