Stripping Back the City
Entering the world of urban photography means making forays into the city like an explorer discovering a new desert or tropical jungle. At first we only glimpse a familiar, noisy world, then the vision is refined, our acuity intensifies and we allow ourselves to be struck by what was once invisible.
Our photographers, including Laurent Dequick, Bernard Hartmann, Julien Talbot, or Franck Bohbot detect individuality in anonymity. Through the crowds, they discern silence and share their sensibility in their photographs, available in your local gallery and on YellowKorner.com in numbered limited editions.
LAURENT DEQUICK - URBAN FRENZY
Photographer and architect Laurent Dequick examines the contemporary city and the proliferation of modern urban space.
To convey in images this “congestion” of urban life, Laurent Dequick does not hesitate to juxtapose, superimpose, or imbricate his shots. He fits together photographs representing architectural complexes, highways, and people, all with the same intensity. He condenses images like the city condenses the sum of the lives of all of its inhabitants. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of Cubism in its rendering that verges on abstraction and its representation of constant motion.
"As you walk down the street, the lights, noises, traffic, hustle and bustle, and mix of smells are so striking that no single shot could capture all of it. So do we have to make choices? I don't think so, I don't want to..."
BERNHARD HARTMANN: “Representing places devoid of human presence has a greater impact on the viewer.”
Bernhard Hartmann nourishes his fascination for architectural and decorative arrangements, whose solemnity and silence he promotes through the use of depth of field and the absence of any human presence. He also questions himself, on his travels, about the meaning and heritage value applied to old abandoned buildings such as his series on Havana produced in 2014. Yet the artist also suggests the resonance of past events in a ghostly manner.
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JULIEN TALBOT - URBAN DESERT
The preferred themes of French photographer Julien Talbot are mainly related to urban landscapes. Although he has been interested in images since his youngest age, his “photographic journey” as he likes to call it, only truly began in 2011 with the acquisition of his first digital reflex camera. He does not seek to retranscribe the intrinsic reality of the scenes he photographs, but instead to restore them as he sees them. The use of contrasting and old-fashioned colours confers a deliberately cinematographic character to his shots.
In the photograph Swimming Pool #5, he captures the Pontoise swimming pool, strangely devoid of any human presence, by adopting a frontal point of view that emphasises the quasi-perfect symmetry of the architecture. Julien Talbot adopts a frontal perspective and highlights the quasi perfect symmetry of the architecture. The enigmatic atmosphere and the highly graphic rendering of the shot evoke the melancholy of the scene, accentuated by the contemplative pause of a woman dressed in red and by the very soft blue tones.
FRANCK BOHBOT - CHIMERIC ARCHITECTURE
Born in the suburb of Paris in 1980, Franck Bohbot set down his suitcases in 2013 in the borough of Brooklyn in New York. His creation revolves around the relationship between individuals and architecture. Like the photographs of Robert Frank, particularly those of Detroit and New York, Franck Bohbot succeeds in revealing another side to America, through urban scenes and portraits of Americans taken in the course of their daily life. His various scenes taken by night in the central neighbourhood of Manhattan have a deliberately cinematic character that testifies to the photographer’s fascination for architecture and its importance in film. Each of his photographs bear witness to an enigmatic atmosphere and their timeless character evokes a cosy, dreamlike, and almost unfathomable space. 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.