Widely published in magazines and books, photographer Simon Chaput has produced many narrative stories on Buddhism and ancient cultures that require quiet appreciation and visual perception of mood and timing. His personal work includes a suite of images of the Stone Observatories of Jai Singh in Jaipur, India and a suite of modernist views of Manhattan’s architecture. Both bodies are representative of the artist’s interest in abstraction and negative space. Their dynamic compositions exude an energy and awe of these timeless structures. In his study of the nude, Chaput’s distinctive vision of the female form takes an exploratory direction within the age-old tradition of depicting the nude, reducing the human profile to lines and shadows. Similarly, his series of waterfalls are distilled to their most essential movement. As with all his work, for these series he anchors the composition by giving as much importance to the negative space as he does the positive space.
In 2000, Chaput was a recipient of a photography grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has also worked with award-winning directors and producers on documentary films. He is a close associate of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude working with them on many of their projects and exhibitions over twenty-five years. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented by Howard Greenberg’s Gallery 292, New York, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, and Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp. His photographs have also been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Photographers Gallery in London, and Ausstellungshalle Kraft in Basel and are shown regularly at Paris Photo.