Serge Najjar: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
We are very fortunate to be launching our new season with a talk by Serge Najjar, a Lebanese photographer who spends his time between his native Beirut and France. He holds a PhD in financial law but his passion is photography, for which he has an infectious enthusiasm. His work has been exhibited internationally.
Serge seeks out the extraordinary in the ordinary. Working in colour and monochrome, his photography focuses on the architecture of the Lebanon. As a child in Beirut he would read art books in the underground during air raids. He cites as influences works by painters such as Kandinsky (Russian Avant Garde), Rothko and Agnes Martin (Abstract Expressionism), Poliakoff (French Modernist), as well as others from Cubist and Fauvist movements. Serge’s use of a bold colour palette and simple shapes reflect this. He composes his photographs like a painter but with the ability to ‘make instant art using detail, geometry, colour, textures, shadows and light’. People often feature in his work as a small detail, giving a sense of scale to images that would otherwise be enigmatic abstracts.
We hope that you will join us for what promises to be an inspiring and memorable evening. Non-members are welcome (£5), and if you would like to attend, please contact Julia, our Secretary, who will be happy to provide more information.