11-14 Nov 2021
Join us from November 11 to 14 at the Grand Palais Éphémère on booth C32 with a selection of works by FLORE, James Barnor, Martin Parr, Guillaume Zuili, Adrien Boyer, Marco Barbon and Mikiya Takimoto.
Born in 1963, FLORE is a French-Spanish photographer artist currently living in Paris. After working for ten years in the national press, she now devotes herself exclusively to her personal work. Winner of the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Photography Prize in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts in 2018, she produces her work over long timespans, usually through voyages. Her works have been acquired and exhibited in various prestigious institutions such as the Musée du Petit Palais, the BnF, the MMP+ in Marrakech or the Mémorial de Rivesaltes.
Through refined technical interventions in the darkroom, like an alchemist herself, FLORE shapes as much as she restores the world that unfolds before her eyes to make unique images that move away from conventional photography, creating a fusion between content and form.
She questions the photographic medium by switching with ease from the oldest techniques such as platinum-palladium or cyanotype, to the most modern, sometimes mixing them and physically intervening on the prints with wax, gold or pigments.
FLORE is totally committed to the quest for memory and makes “non-sensational” images that attempt to recreate truth in place of a reality that is gradually fading away.
She defines her poetic and atemporal universe as a political act, which is her way of positioning herself in front of the “beam of darkness that comes from her time”, as G. Agamben says. Far from nostalgia, her work tinged with melancholy questions the status of the image in our contemporary societies and tries to propose an alternative to the torments of the world by inviting the spectator to enter her poetic world.
Because in revolt is offered hope, because memories are opposed to life, because the ephemeral of the anecdote is opposed to thought, because feeling is opposed to the experience of the visible, the work of FLORE stands out in its singularity.
Born in Ghana in 1929, James Barnor opened his renowned Ever Young studio in Accra, where he immortalized a nation at the moment of its independence. He was one of the first photojournalists to collaborate with The Daily Graphic, a newspaper published in Ghana by London’s Daily Mirror Group. In 1959, two years after Ghana’s independence, Barnor moved to London to deepen his technical knowledge of the medium. He discovered colour photography at the Medway College of Art and his pictures were published on the front page of Drum, an important magazine founded in South Africa in 1951 and symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. He eloquently captured the spirit of Swinging London and the experiences of the African diaspora in the British capital.
In the late 1960s, he was recruited by Agfa-Gevaert and returned to Ghana to set up the country’s first colour laboratory. He stayed there for the next twenty years, working in his new Studio X23 as a freelance photographer and for state agencies in Accra. Today, Barnor lives in the United Kingdom and devotes most of his time to his work, in a spirit of transmission.
Barnor’s work has in recent years inspired a new generation of artists and given rise to numerous exhibitions and publications, including an important retrospective, James Barnor: Accra/London. This exhibition, curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist, Lizzie Carey-Thomas and Awa Konaté, was recently presented at the Serpentine North Gallery (May-October 2021). It is set to travel to the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland in 2022 and to the Detroit Institute of Art, MI, USA in 2023.
Martin Parr (b. 1952) is one of the most recognized documentary photographers of his generation. As a key figure in the art world, he is known for his photographic work as much as for his curatorial projects. In 2017, he established the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, which aims to promote British documentary photography. A member of the Magnum agency since 1994, he was its President from 2013 to 2017, and he has published over a hundred books. His work has been collected by many major museums and was the subject of a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery of London in 2019. Martin Parr is represented by kamel mennour, Paris/London.
Born in France in 1965, Guillaume Zuili lives and works in Los Angeles. As a photographer with VU’ Agency, he worked in India between 1986 and 1995 and in 2003 released his first book, Pondichéry, Chandernagor, Mahé, Karibal et Yanaon with the publishing house Éditions du Chêne. From 1996, his photographic œuvre evolved and began to question the complexity of European cities throughout history. Focusing on the technique of double exposure, he documented Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Prague and Lisbon in a style already departing from realism. With his continuing use of singular analog techniques, he has documented his obsession with the American myth. With LA Chromos, he built a series with American icons such as the Ford 58, Elvis, the Coca-Cola sign… Each print has gone through a Chromoskedasic process, making it unique. At the same time, he refined his photographic style, moving towards the abstraction of grain in the series Smoke and Mirrors and San Pedro. More recently, with Urban Jungle, and later during his residency in the Perche or in Corbeil-Essonnes, he combined the use of the photographic chamber with the legendary Lith developer to create aesthetically timeless images. In 2021, he won the Collection Florence & Damien Bachelot Print Prize, organized by the Collège International de Photographie, a prize which has rewarded his dedication to his darkroom practice. On this occasion, a portfolio tracing his creative process entered the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
French artist born in 1979, Adrien Boyer finds his inspiration among different authors, from painting to literature, through philosophy. Camus, Chirico, Ghirri are some of the influences that can be found without question in his photographic writing.
A self-taught photographer, his work was exhibited for the first time in 2009. In 2015, his series on Paris titled L’esprit des lieux was the subject of a first book published by Terrebleue, with a preface by Gabriel Bauret. In 2016, his series on Abidjan was nominated for the HSBC Prize for Photography (artistic advisor Diane Dufour) and the magazine Camera devoted a portfolio to him. 2017 saw the publication of his second book, Consonances, with a preface by Michel Poivert, on the occasion of his exhibition of the same name at the Clémentine de la Féronnière gallery in Paris. The association Ardi-Photographies, supported by the DRAC Normandie, commissioned a photographic portrait of the city of Caen over one year. In 2019, his second exhibition at the gallery Clémentine de la Féronnière, Présences, gave rise to the publication of a book accompanied by a text by Michel Poivert. The Edmond de Rothschild Group gave him a carte blanche commission. In July 2020, he was invited by the CHABRAM2 art center in the village of Touzac in Charente, where he inaugurated his new project titled Campagnes singulières, which he continued in 2021 as part of a three-month residency at the Champ des Impossibles in the Perche region, under the artistic direction of Christine Ollier.
His work is included in several major collections such as that of Florence and Damien Bachelot and that of Hermès Fondation d’entreprise.
Since 2005, Marco Barbon has been working with photography and video to explore the temporality of images, as well as the border zone between reality and dreams, document and fiction, all of which the photographic image is particularly apt to render.
After studying Philosophy and completing a doctoral thesis in Aesthetics of Photography at the EHESS in Paris, Marco Barbon began a personal artistic research which interrogates, from different angles, certain dimensions of the photographic medium and its relationship to the moving image. Author of the books Asmara Dream (Filigranes, 2009), Cronotopie (Trans Photographic Press, 2010), Casablanca (Filigranes, 2011), Les pas perdus (Poursuite, 2014), Asmara (Maison CF & Filigranes, 2016), El Bahr (Filigranes, 2016) and The Interzone (Maison CF, 2017), his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in France and abroad, and is included in several private collections.
A Japanese photographer and cinematographer, born in Aichi in 1974, Mikiya Takimoto started taking photos at the age of 16. He worked at various studios, including that of Tamotsu Fujii, and went independent in 1998.
Alongside his photographic work, he films with the director Hirokazu Kore-Eda, collaborating on films such Soshite Chichi ni Naru (“Like Father, Like Son”), winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and Sandome no Satsujin (“The Third Murder “), which competed in 2017.
The photographic work of Mikiya Takimoto is rooted in time, produced over the seven continents, often in extreme conditions under complex protocols.
It requires a long drawn out photographic process to achieve these unique images, each one of which carries within it the symbolism of a global momentum. His work has been the subject of a dozen books and exhibitions.