Just as Miroslav Tichy’s work was met with appreciation by the art world thanks to Harald Szeemann’s exhibitions and, more recently, a retrospective at the Pompidou Center, the work of Albert Moser, a creator as lacking in learning as he is guarded, is a major discovery.
Now that his work is revealed, the eternal question arises again of how such work, designed and stored in secret, should be received. Next, Moser’s creations forcefully pose questions about the problem of photography in outsider art, perhaps even, as André Rouillé writes, “giving the lie to its supposedly manual essential nature.” But over and above the questions concerning criteria and classifications, the work, according to Christian Caujolle, is “comparable to the materialization of a projection of mental images on the world” or even to “a cathartic exercise,” as Phillip March Jones suggests. Besides the poetic audacity, what is striking is the deliberate desire to re-invent, even distort the reality captured in the lens. Moser cuts his photos and then sticks them together with scotch tape to produce work that breaks with flatness, where the landscape closes in on itself and on the spectator in a sort of optical vertigo that contrasts with the amplitude of the deployment inherent to the wide-angle lens.
Born in 1928 in Trenton, NJ, the autistic son of Russian Jewish immigrants lived with his parents until the age of 60, leaving them only from 1946 to 1948 for the duration of his army service in the US occupying forces in Japan. After that, his life was taken up with a succession of casual jobs and dominated by the idea that he would become a photographer.
Now 84, Moser, who lives in a special home, tirelessly makes hundreds of mandala-like drawings characterized by the scansion of geometric motifs. This ensemble may be the second aspect to his personal cosmology, and its elements, when placed end-to-end, would make up another perfectly imperfect panorama, in the image of life.
- Albert Moser : life as a panoramc à la galerie christian berst authors in actuphoto, May 21 2012.
- Life as a panoramic authors Bérénice Clair in toutelaculture.com, May 30 2012.
- Albert Moser Life as a panoramic à la galerie Christian Berst authors in Le Courrier de l'Architecte, May 31 2012.
- Les panoramas américains d'Albert Moser authors Bernard Perrine in La lettre de la photographie.com, June 11 2012.
- Albert Moser - the outsider authors Susan Owensby in RFI english, June 10 2012.
- Les villes secrètes d'Albert Moser authors Guillaume Morel in Connaissance des arts photos, June 2012.
- Albert Moser Paris authors in Réponses Photo, July 2012.
- Photographie panoramique et art brut : Albert Moser authors lunettes rouges in amateur d'art par , June 23 2012.
- Albert Moser authors in art actu.com, June 22 2012.
- Albert Moser Life as a panoramic authors Philippe Godin in paris-art.com, June 29 2012.
- Les panoramiques polyphoniques authors Florence Valérie ALONZO in lacritique.org, June 30 2012.
- Albert Moser authors Colin Cyvoct in L'Oeil, Summer 2012.
- Albert Moser en panorama authors in Photo, Summer 2012.
- L'espace d'une vie à travers une ville authors Patrick Le Fur in AMC, June July 2012.
- Coney island, baby authors Frédéric Chapuis in Télérama sortir, July 11 2012.
- Albert Moser tombe dans le pano authors Dominique Poiret in Libération, July 14 2012.