William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2007, Printed 2013
47 x 36 Inches

Signed, dated and numbered 6/8 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2008, printed 2013
24 x 18 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 8/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Russia
William Ropp
Untitled - Russia
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2009, printed 2013
24 x 18 1/4 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 9/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2007, printed 2013
47 1/2 x 36 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 6/8 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Senegal
William Ropp
Untitled - Senegal
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2010, printed 2013
20 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 9/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Lucille
William Ropp
Untitled - Lucille
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Hahnemuhle Paper
2012, printed 2013
47 1/2 x 36 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 7/8 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Germany
William Ropp
Untitled - Germany
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Hahnemuhle Paper
2011, printed 2013
24 x 18 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 9/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Gypsies
William Ropp
Untitled - Gypsies
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Hahnemuhle Paper
2010, printed 2013
20 x 21 3/4 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 10/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Germany
William Ropp
Untitled - Germany
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Hahnemuhle Paper
2011, printed 2013
24 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 10/10 in pencil on verso.

Untitled - Claire
William Ropp
Untitled - Claire
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
1992, printed 2013
47 1/2 x 36 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 4/8 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2009, printed 2013
24 x 19 1/4 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 7/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2009, printed 2013
17 x 24 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 10/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled - Senegal
William Ropp
Untitled - Senegal
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2010, printed 2013
20 x 19 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 9/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Mali
William Ropp
Untitled - Mali
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
2008, printed 2013
24 x 16 3/4 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 9/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Didier
William Ropp
Untitled - Didier
Signed, dated and numbered 5/8 in pencil on verso.
1993, printed 2013
47 x 36 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 5/8 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp - Untitled, Didier
William Ropp
Untitled - Didier
Archival Pigment Photograph Printed on Ilford Fiber Base Paper
1991, printed 2013
24 x 17 inches

Signed, dated and numbered 5/10 in pencil on verso.

William Ropp, often known as “the shadow sculptor,” has a unique style of portraiture. Ropp often places his subjects in complete darkness taking photographs by using long exposures for up to ten minutes. He uses a 50-year-old Czech flashlight for dramatic illumination effects. Ropp will start “painting” using “the dance of light” in his photos working either in a studio or on site in locations like Mali or Mexico. He uses simple equipment and elicits the “soul” of his sitters while making his psychological portraits. Two of the photographer’s outstanding series entitled, Children and Dreamt Memories from Africa are haunting, emotional, and humanistic portraits. They depict children gazing directly at the viewer appearing thoughtful and fully aware of the world. Ropp shows children as the true subjects of the photographs and avoids the hackneyed and obvious. They are beginning their journey of life with all of its imperfections and difficulties becoming potentialities as they navigate life’s horizons.

William Ropp never directs his subjects. What ultimately emerges is an enigmatic vulnerability that expresses hopes and doubts rarely captured in people, yet alone images of children. As the photographer himself says, “Clearly a portrait isn’t just the picture of the face; it must also be a picture of the mind and heart.” Ropp is sensitive to these moments exposing his subjects’ innermost feelings capturing the essence of their existence. Recently, in 2012, the Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, Belgium and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris jointly organized two successful exhibitions. His work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museet for Fotokunst Odense, Denmark, and The New York Public Library (The Spencer Collection). Today, Ropp lives and works in Nancy, France where he continues to produce and develop his own richly toned, black and white and colored portraitures.

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