Franck Bohbot

Paramount Theater II

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Frank Bohbot went to Oakland, California, to photograph the famous Paramount theatre, one of the biggest Art Deco cinemas still preserved in the United States. The cinema can hold over 3000 spectators, and was built in 1931 on the initiative of Paramount Pictures, by Timothy L. Pflueger, an architect renowned for his many constructions in San Francisco Bay. The auditorium is entirely decorated in an Art Deco style that was very in vogue in the twenties and thirties. Its richly decorated and gilded ceiling features geometric designs that dominate the space, dotted with sculpted bas-reliefs representing biblical and mythological scenes. By installing his lens in the middle of the stage, the photographer highlights the symmetrical order of the theatre, which gains in monumentality and mystery once devoid of spectators.

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The Artist
Franck Bohbot

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.

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