Franck Bohbot


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In 2011 Franck Bohbot photographed the Théâtre du Châtelet. Situated in Paris, at the Place (square) with the same name, and built at the request of Baron Haussmann, this auditorium was opened in 1862. Bohbot chose to photograph the stage from the balcony at a low angle with a wide shot. The stage, raised in relation to the room, is slightly tilted. The stage set is in place and all the lines converge towards the stage and vanishing point. The stage curtain was painted in 1989 by the artist Gérard Garouste. The tones used by the painter are in harmony with the gilding of the inside panelling. There is no audience. It is unknown whether the show has just ended or if the artists will, to the contrary, go on stage soon.

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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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