FRANCK BOHBOT STUDIO

Opéra de Versailles #1

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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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For these new works, the artist is presenting photographs taken in Paris, Versailles and Barcelona. It as though there were a spatial dimension to these images of architecture. The work of Franck Bohbot is characterised by both objectivity and hyperrealism: he reveals all the power of the very essence of these sites. The artist plunges the spectator into contemplation of the architecture. The vision that the artist renders is that of his eye hidden behind the lens, focusing purely on the site, in a world devoid of any human presence. In the manner of Becher, whether it be through his typology or his documentary style, with these new works the artist once again demonstrates the rich diversity of his photographs. The choice of locations is never left to chance and includes theatres, train stations or libraries. He appropriates sites that symbolise travel and culture, in colours inherent to the artist's style, which gives his photographs both a cinematographic and documentary feel. Mystery and paradox emanates from these powerful and beautiful images, no doubt owing to the 'absence of presence', the framing and lighting that the artist has chosen to immortalise each site.

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10 April 2013

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