His works have been published in New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times, and National Geographic and earned him the Prix International de Photographie in 2013. The author of a number of photographic series dedicated to urban architecture, Franck Bohbot roams the five continents to present us with unique and captivating spaces. Each of his photographs bears witness to an enigmatic atmosphere and their timeless character evokes a cosy, dreamlike, and almost unfathomable space. Find his works in numbered limited edition in our galleries and on YellowKorner.com.
ADMIRATION, PASSION, AND ARCHITECTURAL VISION
The choice of locations depends on aesthetic, historical, and social criteria but is also based on lived experience and emotion. Franck Bohbot's great admiration for libraries and theatres comes from his childhood in the suburbs, where he had long remained far-removed from these “temples” of culture.
His photographs pay tribute to these sites and give them greater visibility: a sincere way of sharing with those who appreciate these sites or who have never had the opportunity to visit them.
Adding to his series immortalising various libraries in France comes the majestic portrait of the Salle Labrouste, a magnificent architectural jewel from 1860 that was reopened to the public in 2017, in which the library of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art is now installed in Paris.
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A NOSTALGIC WORLD
Based in New York since 2013, Franck Bohbot focuses his photographic creation on the relationship between the individual and architecture. He draws up an inventory of emblematic sites such as the city of New York and, in his new series, Los Angeles, using frontal and centred views that evoke the documentary approach of photographer couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. The sober image saturations depict a unique, captivating, and nostalgic atmosphere, on the historical, sociological, and aesthetic levels.
“Architecture is everywhere, in every city, from megalopolises to the tiniest of villages, I photograph architecture because I am passionate about the act of documenting buildings, interiors, and the soul of a neighbourhood with my eyes.”
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ALSO SHOWCASED – INTERVIEW WITH BERNHARD HARTMANN
Similar to Franck Bohbot’s artistic approach, the world of Bernhard Hartmann attests to the power of the lens to classify and capture heritage. In his disparate series of New York, Cuban, or European architecture, the photographer transcends the paradigm of documentary precision in order to bring a critical touch tinged with poetry to these sites.
What is the most beautiful place you have visited?
“It was an abandoned site overlooking a lake. It is a place that remained secret in order to preserve its mystical charm. It’s the place where I shot my Forgotten Garden series. “