Franck Bohbot

The Castro Theatre II

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rank Bohbot travelled to San Francisco to photograph the famous Castro Theatre. It was built in 1922 by Timothy L. Pflueger, an architect renowned for his many constructions in San Francisco Bay. Entirely decorated in a baroque Spanish colonial style, it has been a listed historical monument of the city since 1976. The photographer showcases the luxurious design of its interior by installing his lens at the highest point of the auditorium, opposite the stage. Its imposing ceiling, decorated with concave and convex spirals, dominates the space, featuring frescoes of Ancient Greek and Roman inspiration. The composition is arranged according to a central perspective that directs the spectator?s gaze towards the front of the stage where the famous ?Mighty Wurlitzer? is located, an organ that is becoming rare nowadays, capable of imitating a full orchestra, which served to accompany the first silent movies.

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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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