Jack Laskus “Of Female Persuasion” 29.03 – 4.05.2008March 29, 2008 10:46 pm
Van 29 maart t/m 4 mei 2008 organiseert fotogalerie WM de tentoonstelling
“Of Female Persuasion” is cinematographer and photographer Jacek Laskus’ (Warsaw 1951) first solo exhibition of digital photographs. In this exhibition Jacek expresses his unlimited passion, admiration and possible fear for the female gender. Still photos with moving emotions and sharp impressions.As a cinematographer Jacek Laskus has been working with directors such as Robert Altman, Tom Donnely, Michael Pressman (“Frankie and Johnny are Married”), George Zaloom (“The Whole Shebang” with Bridget Fonda, Stanley Tucci and Gian Carlo Giannini) and many others. Robert Altman’s film “The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal,” allowed Jacek earn the 1989 American Society of Cinematographers nomination for Outstanding CinematographyDuring the course of his cinematographic career Jacek continued to pursue his love for still photography. In 1999 he had an exhibition of his photographs as part of the series “Still/Moving” at a gallery in Los Angeles, in addition to taking part in a group show of “Photographs by the Members of the A.S.C.” at the Academy of Motion Pictures in October and November of 2006.
Jacek lives in Hollywood Hills. Besides cinematography and photography he loves to travel, ski, sail, and enjoys cooking
De tentoonstelling zal te bezichtigen zijn vanaf 29 maart t/m 4 mei 2008 in de Gallery WM, Elandsgracht 35, Amsterdam. De opening zal plaatsvinden op zaterdag 29 maart van 5 tot 7 uur.
|“Of Female Persuasion” is de eerste solotentoonstelling van digitale fotografie van cinematograaf en fotograaf Jacek Laskus (Warschau, 1951).
In deze tentoonstelling geeft Jacek uitdrukking aan zijn ongebreidelde passie, bewondering en aan mogelijkerwijs ook angst voor het vrouwelijke geslacht. U ziet stille fotografie met ontroerende emoties en scherpe impressies.
Robert Altman’s film “The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal,” gaf Jacek in 1989 een nominatie voor “Outstanding Cinematography” van de American Society of Cinematographers. Gedurende zijn carrière als cinematograaf is Jacek immer doorgegaan in zijn liefde voor de fotografie. In 1999 had hij een fototentoonstelling in Los Angeles als onderdeel van de series “Stills/Moving”. Ook nam hij deel aan een groepstentoonstelling van de “Photographs by the Members of the A.S.C.” in de Academy of Motion Pictures in 2006.
Jacek woont in Hollywood Hills. Naast zijn geliefde vak houdt hij veel van reizen, skieën, zeilen en koken.
The EroticismThe Imaging
Finding the delicate folds
between Eros, Psyche and Porn
in poetic spaceThe Process
A journey between words
meandering the body
Greedy feverish rubbing
Intensely private worlds
|Jacek Laskus, ASC
BiographyJacek was born in Warsaw, Poland in August of 1951. His mother was an architect and his father a mechanical engineer. Early on he was encouraged to draw and paint, and later, given a still camera, he began taking photographs. This early visual training helped him to enter the prestigious Polish National Film Academy in Lodz where he studied cinematography. In addition to this, Jacek continued taking still pictures and learned the history of film, art, and theatre. Immersed in films from all over the world, he was most influenced by two: “Medium Cool” directed by Haskel Wexler, A.S.C and “The Conformist” shot by Vittorio Storaro, A.S.C, A.I.C.After graduating from the Polish National Film Academy, Jacek left for the United States and made his home in New York City. It was 1978. His first films were documentaries, both independent and for various television networks. Jacek worked for BBC TV for 5 years traveling all over the United States in pursuit of fascinating stories. His first full-length documentary as a cinematographer, which also encompassed some dramatic re-staging, was “Far from Poland.” The film was shot over the course of a year and a half and portrayed the birth of Solidarity. This film got him noticed by a young, new director, Bill Sherwood, who was making his first feature film. It also helped that by this time Jacek owned his own 16mm camera as the film’s budget was $300,000. Shot in 8 weeks, “Parting Glances” was the first feature film for both director and cinematographer.
In 1986 the film was shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, which resulted in Jacek’s recognition by the New York City independent film community. The film “Heart” followed and then came Jacek’s first picture out of Hollywood, “Square Dance,” directed by Daniel Petrie Sr., which played the opening night at the 1987 Sundance Film Festival and marked the acting debut of Winona Ryder.
After working with directors such as Jonathan Demme and Zbigniew Rybczynski on various music videos and Saturday Night Live sketches, Jacek moved to Los Angeles and kept shooting, mostly films for television. In 1988 Jacek won an ACE award for the film “Penn & Teller’s Invisible Thread” directed by Bob Balaban, that he shot for Showtime Network. By the end of that year he was asked by director Robert Altman to be the cinematographer on his film “The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal,” for CBS/Hallmark. This film earned Jacek the 1989 American Society of Cinematographers nomination for Outstanding Cinematography.
In 1996, after lensing several more independent features, TV films, documentaries, and music videos, Jacek was asked to join director/writer Tom Donnelly to collaborate for the second time. The film was “Garden of Redemption.” This WWII drama that was shot in Portugal for Paramount TV/Showtime Network earned Jacek his second A.S.C nomination in 1998. In 1997 going back to his documentary experience Jacek got involved in co-lensing a full-length documentary for Michelle Ohayon, “Colors Straight Up” (the film was primarily shot by his friend Theo Van de Sande, A.S.C), which was nominated for a 1998 Academy Award.
Since then Jacek has traveled a lot around the world shooting films in places like New Zealand (again with Tom Donnelly) and Lithuania (with director Donna Deitch). Additionally, Jacek also shot “The Whole Shebang” in Canada and Italy with Bridget Fonda, Stanley Tucci and Gian Carlo Giannini directed by George Zaloom.
In 2006 Jacek collaborated on the series “Masters of Science Fiction” as the cinematographer for the episode written and directed by Oscar winner Michael Tolkin. He also shot the feature film, “Golda’s Balcony,” directed by Jeremy Kagan. The following year Jacek shot “Multiple Sarcasms,” which was directed by Brooks Branch and brought Jacek back to New York City.
Jacek continues to pursue his love for still photography. In 1999 he had an exhibition of his photographs as part of the series “Still/Moving” at a gallery in Los Angeles, in addition to taking part in a group show of “Photographs by the Members of the A.S.C.” at the Academy of Motion Pictures in October and November of 2006.
Jacek lives in Hollywood Hills. Besides cinematography and photography he loves to travel, ski, sail, and enjoys cooking.
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