Prix de la photo Camera Clara

Edition 2017


Patrick Tournebœuf, finalist

Born in 1966 in Paris

Patrick Tourneboeuf portrays men by photographing the traces they leave behind them, the places they bring to life and, sometimes, abandon. Using a large-format camera, his method, resolutely artistic, systematic, recounts times past and present. The absence of an image reveals a human presence.
He started by working on the monumental aspect of the Paris “périphérique”, with a series that is both nocturnal and contemplative, as opposed to the more classic photographs of the well known circular belt.
In the year 2000, his next series entitled “Huis-clos” (Behind Closed Doors) was based on the everyday life of new recruits into the French Navy, at the Naval Instruction Centre of Querqueville. The same year, Patrick explored sea side resorts when completely out of season. This became the starting point of a series entitled “Nulle part” (Nowhere).
Next came “Cicatrice” (Scar), a documentary on the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and “À la mémoire du jour J” (In Memory of D-Day), depicts the beaches in Normandy where the Allies landed. Two facets of an art project that feeds a memory which tends to forget, also taking into account the alterring effect of time.
Since 1999, he has been working on a photographic research project for the French Ministry of Culture, on several historic monuments: the Grand Palais, the Chateau de Versailles and the Nationale Archives.

In the age of globalization, is there a global thought for a mass utopian urbanism that would respond to the "universal" problems of housing? Could it be the reflection of a leveling by the center, banishing ancestral principles and forgetting the transmission of a traditional patrimony.

The observation of similar and contemporary situations in different geographical, historical, social and cultural contexts makes it possible to ask the question.

We are on the outskirts of two megacities of nearly 4,000 km, Beijing and New Delhi. Yet these views of shipyards are disturbing by the similarity of the forms of these vessels coming from no part laid in concrete deserts, by similar perspectives that respond to the same codes. These future spaces of life resemble each other and respond to each other. Are these places in the future the realization of the dream of the ideal, symbol of future, of success?

This photographic work is the result of a meticulous observation of agitated landscapes, in mutation. It is realized in the photographic chamber, far from being merely documentary, in an author's approach. This positioning makes it possible to take the time to frame with meticulousness, mastering the economics of the images to give the meaning, and to bring it an aesthetic flavor and a technical rendering completed.

Next City invites us to a reflection of the action of men beyond the borders. Habitat as a marker of cultural identity? Not really.

Patrick Tournebœuf

Parutions presse :
24 01 2018 - Phototrend




© Patrick Tournebœuf,
courtesy of the artist

© Patrick Tournebœuf,
courtesy of the artist

© Patrick Tournebœuf,
courtesy of the artist