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FRANÇOIS FONTAINE

Temple d'Or d'Amritsar

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François Fontaine was born in 1968. He lives and works in Paris. As a history of art student at the Sorbonne, he developed a passion for photography. As theson of a naval officer this practice was closely linked to travel. Thereby he ent toSouth-East Asia, Spain, Brazil, China, Japan and India. Each of these destinations was an opportunity to continue his artistic research from an iconographic point ofview as well as stylistic. These series were awarded and François Fontaine wasa finalist in the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique in 1997, the Prix CCF in2005 and the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize in 2006.  ... See more See less

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The town of Amritsar and the Harmandir Sâhib are situated in North-West India in Pendjab Province. Also known as the Golden Temple, this building dates from 1601. It is the most sacred building for the Sikhs. Covered with fine gold, it has pride of place in the middle of a sacred square lake 150 meters wide. Access to this lake is by four entrances which symbolise its openness to all people and all beliefs.

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24 May 2013

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