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FRANCIS MESLET

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Francis Meslet has an obsession: restoring life to abandoned places. Far from being sad or silent, his photos transcend these places and lead the spectators to imagine the laughter of children inside or the religious chants from a church. Francis Meslet has made poet Paul Valery?s words his motto: ?It depends on those who pass / Whether I am a tomb or treasure / Whether I speak or am silent / The choice is yours alone / Friend, do not enter without desire! ?

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A graduate in Design from the École des Beaux-Arts de Nancy in 1986, early in his career Francis Meslet was a designer, but soon turned to advertising when he joined several advertising agencies as an artistic director. After 30 years spent questioning the creative concept and studying images in all his compositions, he is now a creative director. Francis Meslet wears several hats; he is notably a renowned photographer who does not hesitate to roam the world in his spare time, searching for abandoned sites, sanctuaries where time seems to have stopped after humans have evacuated them. He thus brings back captivating and melancholic images of his travels to the other side of the world, which were recently exhibited at the Urban Exploration Photography Days in La Bresse, in the Vosges, as well as in La Douëra de Malzéville, near Nancy.  ... See more See less

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“I am particular sensitive to architecture. The talent and engineering deployed by people in service to a cause fascinates me. Pushing back the limits of balance and aesthetics, taming light and space.”

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