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Sherif's Portfolio and Bio
Sherif Elhage was born on the 25th of March 1980 in Leningrad and raised between
Lebanon and Russia by his Russian-Estonian mother and Lebanese father, he now lives in France.
This autodidactic photographer employs no corrective methods to his photography.
His formal training is in communications, his professional experience ranging from fashion to advertising.
His influences include Nicolas de Staël, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan.
Sherif seeks to play with the human eye rather than address traditional methods of iconography;
his photographs break scenographic conjunctions through optical trickery and a combination of inventive minimalism.
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There are many reasons why Sherif's photographs makes one stop and wonder what it might be. Is it a simple collage or a manipulated photograph? But it’s neither. Sherif actually finds theses tricky composition occurring naturally. For example in some cases he uses these occurrences to divide some of his compositions into what looks like diptychs, but they are not. It’s a flagpole that separates these spaces. In other cases he captures a perfect balance between geometry and the positive and negative space which is his way of playing with our eyes and minds, evoking curiosity. He finds these visual deceptions where most of us would overlook them and he brings his visions of his world to us. The world through his eyes must be a strangely intriguing place.