Letizia Le Fur

Photography

Letizia Le Fur graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France in 1998 and first trained as a painter. With the encouragement of artist and teacher Valérie Belin, she soon turned her aesthetic quest to photography.

Her work centers on the depiction of beauty and the representation of a fantasized otherworld. Letizia Le Fur’s attention to color is very particular; like a painter, she mixes colors on her palette, isolates and transforms, corrects, adds, exalts the tones, amplifies them to transcend reality and creates this sensation of unreal world.

 Nominated for the Niepce Prize (2022), winner of the Leica/Alpine Prize (2018), the BNF's Grande Commande Photographique (2022) as well as the “Fenêtres Ouvertes Prize” organized by the MEP (2020), she was also resident for the Planches Contact festival in Deauville (2020), and the InCadaques festival (2021).

 In parallel to her artistic work, Letizia Le Fur collaborates with advertising, press (AD, New York Times, Milk …)

She published Mythologies - Chap. I & II  in 2021 and Mythologies - Chap. III in 2022 with Editions Rue du Bouquet. 

 She is also a Leica ambassador since 2019 and is currently preparing her next solo exhibition in the French Institute in Madrid.

Mythologies - Chap. III

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Mythologies - Chap. I & II

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..."Nourrie depuis toujours de textes issus de littérature ancienne grecque et latine, Letizia Le Fur sait le pouvoir de l’imaginaire pour prendre conscience du réel. Elle s’empare d’un thème éminemment contemporain pour le tirer vers la mythologie.  Nous tendant un miroir, elle nous renvoie la vision quasi insupportable de ce que nous avons perdu en cours de route. Et s’il fallait toujours affirmer que la photographie est document, dans cette œuvre-ci, il serait tout simplement, humblement, un document sur la vie. Aujourd’hui, on crie, on gesticule comme de pauvres pantins manipulés, en butte à la destruction de notre planète. Contrairement à nombre de ses contemporains adeptes des deux pieds bien sanglés, ancrés dans le constat, en une pirouette fictionnelle, Letizia Le Fur nous rappelle par touches légères, élégantes et brossées que tout récit mythologique nous ramène à l’histoire de l’humanité… Tel Quetzalcóatl qui se mordrait la queue : du contemporain à la mythologie, de la mythologie au contemporain…"

 … " Long a reader of the Classics, Letizia Le Fur knows how imagination can make us more aware of reality. She takes a prominent contemporary theme and links it to mythology. Holding a mirror up to us, she shows us the almost unbearable image of all that we have lost along the way. And while we must always affirm that photography is a means of documentation, in this instance it simply and humbly documents life. Nowadays, facing the destruction of our planet, we shout and flail our arms like string puppets. Unlike many of her contemporaries who are almost obsessional about facts, through a single fictional pirouette Letizia Le Fur reminds us with light and elegant brushstrokes that every myth brings us back to humanity’s history. And so, like Quetzalcoatl biting his own tail, the present leads us back to mythology and mythology leads us back to the present. "

Gilou Le Gruiec

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