Le photographe Eddie Otchere, ancien DA du magazine Lo Down entre autres et responsable de beaucoup de clichés cultes, expose un tirage limité à 4 exemplaires de sa photo culte de Notorious BIG, celle reprise par Obey, dans 4 villes du monde : Los Angeles, New York, Londres et Paris.
Chaque tirage ne sera exposé que le samedi 21 mai, jour de la naissance de Biggie. Pour Paris, il se trouve chez Starcow, au 62 rue St Honoré 75001. Ce tirage doré a été réalisé grâce à un modèle unique à Londres de photograveur datant du 19e siècle.
See you there ! #Biggieday
To mark Biggies 44th birthday, Eddie Otchere has produced 4 signature Dark Edition prints of the Notorious B.I.G. The Dark Editions embody fine art print values akin to museum grade photographs but are made sing the pre-photographic technique of photogravure etching.
In spring 1995 Otchere and the Powermoves crew woke Biggie in his hotel room and twenty minutes later -dressed in Coogi, Versace and Kangol – he was captured in a car park against a West London skyline. The portrait of Biggie was originally shot on colour negative. Otchere took nine shots of Biggie on that day, framed by urban London; rail tracks in the distance and the March sun directly behind him. The image reconfigured in the Dark Edition was frame six of that nine, the iconic picture that was sampled by Shepherd Fairey/Obey in his rendition of Biggie.
The Notorious B.I.G. Dark Edition is printed as a photogravure etching on a Rochat 26” press built in 1883, sandwiched between a two-layer screenprint. The first layer of the print is Rich Pale Gold, pulled through an open screen. This acts as a pre-flash, bringing out iridescent detail in the highlights of the image. The portrait of Biggie is an etching made from lithographic film, exposed from the original negative and rendered in Bone Black & Warm Red inks to create a warm tone black akin to the tonal qualities of 19th century photography. Finally, a stencilled screen in Carbon Black & Vermillion frames the print.
The Notorious B.I.G.Dark Edition is printed on Somerset Tub Size Satin 310gsm in White and presented with torn or deckled edges, 17’' x 25'’ (40.5cm x 54.5cm).
This quintessential image of the Notorious B.I.G. will be shown in Paris, Los Angeles and Brixton as part of the biggieday celebrations Saturday May the 21st 2016.