LAURENT DEQUICK

PARIS BEAUBOURG 40 ANS APRES

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This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically aboutthe proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s purpose is to accurately convey an impression of frenzy which results from a density of population and activity in urban areas: « Along the streets, the lights, the noise, the traffic, the swarms of pedestrians, the blend of smells, are so fascinating that no single shot can entirely capture it. Do choices have to be made? I don’t think so: I don’t want to… »To translate this urban life congestion into an image, the photographer does not shy away from the juxtaposition, superposition or inlaying of shots. With the same intensity he overlaps photographs representing architectural complexes, main traffic routes and people. He condenses the images like the city condenses the sum of its inhabitants’ lives. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of cubism in its execution close to abstraction andin his representation of permanent movement.  ... See more See less

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I am an unconditional lover of Venice. It is a city rooted in the past; it has changed very little in three centuries, owing to its very structure.

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Laurent Dequick moves away from the traditional representation that we have of the landscapes around us, presenting a highly poetic vision that borrows from the Cubist movement. Inspired by the contemporary city, he is aware of its slightest fluctuations and it is on his numerous escapades around the world that he captures many of the sites that have been the undisputed witnesses of history and of the radiating influence of the countries he travels through. He has always been passionate about combining techniques and his work is the fruit of an inseparable encounter between photography and painting. This nocturnal photograph is taken from his series about the beauty of Parisian landscapes. Laurent Dequick captures the Pompidou Center, affectionately known as ?Beaubourg? and created by the famous architects Renzo Piano, Gianfranco Franchin, and Richard Rogers. Although it was widely criticised at its inauguration in 1977, 40 years later, it is now considered one of the most emblematic monuments of the French capital.

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03 April 2018

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