France , 1974
Nicolas Baghir Maslowski was born in France in 1974. Baghir, the photographer’s artist name, was the first name of his grandfather, who died in his native Russia during the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. His father, in exile, emigrated to France as a child and eventually became a writer, giving a small camera to his own son Nicholas Baghir when he was 8 years old. As an introverted child captivated by images, Baghir took his camera everywhere, photographing everything that came into sight to create a personal photographic universe.
His secondary passion was music. In the early 2000s he spent time in Jamaica, meeting several musicians who were more or less forgotten and created the label imprint Makasound/Inna de Yard with a friend. They produced and reedited a number of buried masterpieces, eventually popularizing the Jamaican artist Winston McAnuff in France. Many of visuals for the label’s albums were photographed and composed by Baghir. The label took off and eventually became a division of a major company, but in 2013 Baghir took a chance and made the decision to leave his successful career in the music business, return to photography, and fully pursue his artistic vision.
The artist realized his vision with his current series Digital perturbations after four years of research and 15,000 photos. His images, quite contemporary, refer to the pictorialist movement in their painterly quality. He works with film and prints on silver gelatin paper, using the traditional process. Named only by number, the blurred photographs retain a sense of mystery in the eyes of the spectator, who often travels far in space and time to a place where freedom from the need for interpretation leads back to the image’s irreducible beauty. The images are above all a study of pictorial beauty, an homage to painting and black & white and color photography that explore the terra incognita of the photographer’s oneiric world.
Artist in residence, Institut Français de Berlin, Germany
Visions III, Alliance française, Los Angeles
Art ELysées, Paris
Photo Shanghai, Shanghai
Visions III, Artist's Corner, Los Angeles
Les rencontres d'Arles, Galerie Huit, Arles
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
PhotoLA, Los Angeles
The REEF, Los Angeles
Visions, Photo12 Galerie, Paris
Swiss Art Space, Lausanne
Fat Galerie / Sitor Senghor, Paris