FRANCK BOHBOT STUDIO

LOS MUCHACHOS BARBERSHOP HARLEM

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The artist

Franck Bohbot is a french photographer and visual artist best know for his use of color photography. He focuses his artistic research on public spaces, urban landscapes and environmental portraits. Rooted in his fascination with cinematographic iconography, his thematics study the relationship between the individual and architecture. He has drawn artistic inspiration from figures as diverse as Luigi Ghirri, Walker Evans, Edward Hopper, or William Eggleston. While manipulating color with great precision, he highlights the soft subtleties of this relationship by playing with both fluorescent and melancholic light and chromatics. Each one of Bohbot’s works features these photographic intentions — through their enigmatic atmosphere, documentary-style approach, and timeless feel, we are transported to a dreamy, velvety, and nearly infinite visual paradise. His unique style enabled him to work with prestigious magazines, institutions and designers such as the New York Times, The New York Magazine, National Geographic, The Louvre Museum, Sotheby’s, Paul Smith and Christian Dior. He works and lives in New York City.  ... See more See less

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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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About the artwork

This photograph comes from the series Cuts created in 2014, in which Franck Bohbot paints the portrait of hairdressers in their New York salons. Like Los Muchachos Barbershop located in Spanish Harlem, they represent the eclectic diversity of the city, with neighbourhoods, cultures, and communities banding together to ply the same trade. Like the photographs of Robert Frank, particularly those of Detroit and New York, Franck Bohbot succeeds in revealing a different side to America. His various views, each taken with a long exposure time, give a highly contrasted and dynamic effect to the compositions, highlighting the various kinds of architecture he encounters. They also confer a deliberately cinematographic character to his shots, bearing witness to the photographer?s fascination for architecture and its importance in films. He readily cites Nan Goldin, calling her photographs the ?remains of non-existent films?.

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10 August 2018

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