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Edition 2015

 

Yann Laubscher, Winner

“My photographs aim to create a narrative that conveys the journey of a group of people from a both banal and hostile territory, such as is described in Chekhov’s short stories (3). This story takes place somewhere, without chronological and geographic references. With the idea of evoking the atmosphere of the film Stalker by Andreï Tarkovski, through the seeking of a climate, tension, and poetic friction connected to a certain sensitivity to reciprocal effects and interactions between man and nature, I associate portraits and landscapes revealing this collective experience of which I am simultaneously the protagonist and the observer. More than a documentary on wild spaces, these images are the trace of an expedition, at the same time the culmination of an idea that rejects the society of consumption, and the fruit of a solitary investigation of this inhospitable yet menaced environment.
I document the traces of precarious life, experienced during these expeditions, but I also attempt to assess, without concession, this endangered wild nature. I need Russian territory to do it, even if it’s not a project on Russia.  One finds oneself in a sort of isolation, that of a savage world or forgotten region; one perceives from that moment as if a communion with nature is possible”.

Born in 1886 in Switzerland, Yann Laubscher lives and works in Lausanne.  After a Master in Natural Sciences, he studied photography at the École supérieure d’arts appliqués de Vevey (CEPV).  He wrote his dissertation on the connection beween exploration and photography.  His documentary approach principally treats the complex relationships that humains maintain with nature.

(1) Vladimir Arséniev, La Taïga de l’Oussouri - Mes expéditions avec le chasseur gold Derzou, Payot, Paris, 1939
(2) Sylvain Tesson, Dans les forêts de Sibérie, Gallimard, Paris, 2011
(3) Anton Chekhov, The Steppe, The Northern Messenger, Saint-Pétersbourg, 1888


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© Yann laubscher.
“Untitled” from the series “L’Appel”,
courtesy of the artist

© Yann laubscher.
“Untitled” from the series “L’Appel”,
courtesy of the artist

© Yann laubscher.
“Untitled” from the series “L’Appel”,
courtesy of the artist