Galerie des Glaces by Franck Bohbot
Galerie des Glaces by Franck Bohbot

Galerie des Glaces by Franck Bohbot

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Galerie des Glaces, 2014. 

30” x 40” C-Type Print in an Edition of 5.

This brilliant show of decadence and opulence contrasts so boldly with the complete absence of any human presence. The symmetrical composition that props up this image only starts to fall apart when you look closer and pick out the artworks and antiques that litter this grand, old hallway. 

About the artist:

Franck Bohbot is an artist specializing in photography and film. Born in the southernmost suburbs of Paris, France, Franck Bohbot moved to New York City in 2013 and is currently based in Los Angeles since 2019. He is a documentarian with an eye for the theatrical who found his way to photography by way of cinema, and although he turned his focus fully to photography in 2008, the formal and aesthetic influences of the cinematographic form continue to underlie his present work.

Bohbot’s work inhabits a space between reality and fantasy, documenting and storytelling, every frame – to borrow a phrase from Nan Goldin – like a still from a nonexistent film. He has drawn artistic inspiration from figures as diverse as Jeff Wall, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Hopper, Luigi Ghirri, and Martin Scorsese. Bohbot frequently takes a formal, typological approach to craft visual narratives, highlighting the surreal symmetries of our constructed worlds and capturing the poetry of everyday places with a unique attentiveness to the interplay of light and color.

He employs the latter two elements as tools of nostalgia, exploring loss and obsolescence by crafting images that are as much about what is invisible or lacking as what is there within the frame. Rendering public spaces, street scenes, and architectural sites of interest in his distinctive muted palette, he documents inanimate structures with all the sensitivity of a human portrait, as though constructing an imaginary archive of social spaces for a post-apocalyptic time capsule.