About the Artist
Anat Givon, born in Israel, came to Hong Kong as a press photographer to cover the 1997 Handover. Having also reported from conflict zones and documenting anything from violent conflicts through politics and economics, to sports, in the Middle East and throughout South East Asia; many of Anat’s pictures have told the world of some harrowing stories. After years of witnessing and portraying violence, death and destruction as well as growth and development through her camera lens; Anat now uses her talent and passion to create innovative pieces of art that are subjective and can be enjoyed as personal interpretations rather than “objective” journalistic accounts. Combining and manipulating images through digital art Anat introduces, a somewhat surrealistic twist to her distinctive work whilst still relying on basic photographic aesthetics of proportions within a set frame, play of light and shadow, saturated colours or monochromes, to transform images into unique art.
Legendary American photographer Ansel Adams said it best: “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
The countries I have visited, lived and worked in, my upbringing, art, photography studies and many years of experience as a press photographer, the people that have taken those voyages with me and those who still are, are all part of every picture I make. From photojournalism I learnt the discipline of capturing an event in one frame taken at the exact, decisive moment when as many of the story’s elements are assembled in the viewfinder. The split second that allows one to make a picture that tells the story while aesthetically pleasing. But then I wanted to do more, I wanted to take the captured image further, I wanted it to convey to the viewer what I felt at the moment of taking the picture. That’s where I depart from the objectivity of photojournalism and the use of digital tools enters the picture.
In my work I attempt to bring the dynamics of lines and shapes or the vibrancy of colour & introduces an aspect of fun to what we look at all around us and often don’t really pay much attention to since it has become so familiar. The intention is to bring out a certain feel or mood that I sense from the views around me, mostly I am hoping to make images that will lift the viewer’s spirits. -Anat GIVON