LONDON.- Cyrus Mahboubian
announced his second one-man show in London, to be held at the iconic venue The Troubadour on 5th and 6th September.
In the artist's own words, PHOTOWORKS is "a celebration of the magic of analogue photography" with every work in the exhibition made on classic photographic film.
The title PHOTOWORKS is a reference to the artist's belief that analogue photographs are true works of art, requiring technical know-how in order to balance light correctly and an eye for composition that doesn't rely on digital post-production.
A key component of the exhibition is Polaroid. What LIFE magazine described in 1972 as a "magic camera" was developed and improved constantly in the decades that followed and at the peak of its popularity in the 1990s an estimated 120 million packs of film were being produced annually.
Mahboubian calls Polaroid film, which was discontinued in 2008, "the antidote to the digital age of photography", claiming that the singularity of the pictures make them inherently special.
PHOTOWORKS will also include key examples of one-off Polaroid enlargements that Mahboubian makes using digital technology. According to the artist, embracing digital techniques was a way to continue working with his beloved images after the film disappeared from shelves.
Born in 1986 in London, Cyrus Mahboubian has been focused on photography since 2006 when he began experimenting with 35mm film and a vintage Nikon as a student at the University of Bristol.
Cyruss creativity is driven by a constant awareness of how quickly time passes. Always on the lookout for beauty, in daily journeys and chance encounters, his photography has evolved to become a diaristic record of his lifea way to preserve memories of fleeting moments.