About the artwork
Peter Lippmann has accepted the inevitable and show us the beauty of the destruction
of decay, sometimes slowly and sometimes fiery. Lippmann focusses with
his ‘Noble Rot’ series on the rotting process of grapes. With his use of light he lets
us realize the finiteness of life and wants us to no longer to avoid but bear it with
Peter Lippmann’s work gives beauty to one of our greatest and most purposefully
unacknowledged fears….decay. We toss it away, bury it, conceal it, turn our backs
on it and render it as other…render it useless. One doesn’t like to think of their
own interminable journey towards the inevitable decay of the body. Whether it
happens slowly over time or quickly in sudden death, humans scramble, hysterically
at times, to preserve. We even go as far as to use make up on the dead to
give them that “live” look for the supposed civilized world’s open casket ceremonies.
Yet we continue to preserve, sterilize, shrink wrap, implant, photoshop, purchase
and sell youth….all to maintain the extremely obvious avoidance of decay/
death. And by doing so, we altogether miss the flawed, graceful and noble state
of decay. Peter Lippmann’s work reveals this noble state and reminds us of a very
important fact. Death is real. It comes to everyone. These images ask us not to
avoid it, but instead look at it and see its beauty.
These are not just images of rotting fruit, but a thoughtful, graceful and intimate
symbolic display of the human condition.they also depict something we can not
see – the past, the insubstantial and intangible, where the life and sentiment of the
person photographed are woven together with our perception and experience of
the moment. In the end, our pictures are the stories’ beautiful remains.
Peter Lippmann is born in New York City and works and lives in Paris. He is well known in the advertising world and is represented in France, Italy and in the USA. He spealizes in still life photography but works also as portrait and landscape photographer.
He works worldwide with luxury brands, such as; Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Audemars Piquet and so on. Published his work in Vogue, NewYorkTimes magazine and le Figaro.
Lippmann’s work gives beauty to one of our greatest and most purposefully unacknowledged fears…decay. We toss it away, bury it, conceal it, turn our backs on it and render it as other… render it useless.