London, United Kingdom
The son of a prominent Belgian photographer, Valéry Lippens was “born with a camera in his crib.” photographing his way through a law degree, a political science BA, and a post graduate certificate in professional photography, Valéry creates work that elegantly surprises, magnifying the unique and subtle qualities of his subjects.
Throughout the years, Valéry has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of shows demonstrating his singular talent for understanding his subjects: ranging from his collection of “ephemeral” photographs to his images for a documentary about Vietnam Veterans, from his collages for Handicap International, to his last series: “haecceity”, “panopticon”, and “realpolitik” and "Project 365" where he challenges the tradition of individual picture-making by exploring the potential of multiple frames and collage, and poetically critiques our perceptions of bustling city life.
Challenging the idea of a single static viewpoint, Valéry found a way to more accurately reflect our perception of the world – one that is often formed by incessantly scanning people and places around us.
Project 365 Photography (2006-2016), a picture a day during 10 years is Valéry last series. In this contemporary society stimulated by capitalism, consumerism, high tech innovation, social media, performance, alienation... we are submerged by images... images of product advertisements, of celebrity cults, of everyday consumption practices.
As a photographer, he has always been fascinated by the variety, complexity, beauty, seduction, attempted-control, or perversion of consumerism. Valéry has found himself fascinated by the mental process of understanding the different readings, the different textures of such bombardment of images or peace of images...
By shooting, selecting, mixing and arranging images from his everyday life, he has tried to understand a collective consciousness of existing imagery and its implications.