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After graduating from the Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse and the École des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, Michel Gantner chose to apply his artistic knowledge to the photographic medium. Working as an artistic director for a major advertising agency, he decided to leave in 1998 and devote himself exclusively to photography. He then developed a personal artistic practice based on the theme of plant life, with the aim of producing stylised creations, rather than purely figurative photography. His photos are regularly published in the press and have garnered international success, particularly in Japan. A book entitled “Végétal” [Plant], entirely dedicated to Michel Gantner's work on flora was published in 2010 by Flammarion. Many brands now appeal to his sensibility and taste for natural forms in order to illustrate their advertising campaigns. Some prestigious examples can be cited, such as Nina Ricci, Kenzo, Cartier, Hermès, Darphin, Viktor & Rolf, Annayaké, Air France, and many others.  ... See more See less

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Michel Gantner reappropriates plant forms and colours, removing them from their initial environment in order to obtain a new subjectivity. He thus succeeds in conferring a surprisingly sensual quality to the flowers that he photographs. In order to be able to work in a simple and systematic way and compose his images without having to worry about his lens or how his subject is lit, the photographer limits his field of action to a ?light box? without any other form of frontal exposure. The plants are sufficiently translucent for the light to infiltrate their contours.<cr/><cr/>?My references are the black and white photographs of Karl Blossfeldt and their botanical rarity, coupled with great precision, the abundant bouquets of Edward Steichen, the modernity of Edward Weston's close-ups, the still lifes and panoramic landscapes of Josef Sudek, and the aesthetic quest of Robert Mapplethorpe.? M. G.<cr/>

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05 May 2015

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