Frozen landscapes in an endless winter, void of all human presence. A silhouette wandering in the streets of a city, as if it had just left the stage of a theater… Loaded with the weight of absence, evoking the silent crash of a world in fragments, and the poetry of disenchantment, in color or in black and white, Stéphane Duroy’s photographs impose themselves on the viewer.
For more than forty years, Stéphane Duroy has traveled throughout Europe and the United States in search of the tragedies that shaped the 20th century and their influence on individuals. Initially working as a photojournalist, he gradually detached himself from documentary to focus on the production of a challenging work, published in a dozen books. One of them, entitled Unknown, published in 2007, has become in recent years the basis for new explorations, straddling photography, collage and drawing.
“Photography, And Then…” offers a rereading of this unusual journey, through a selection of photographs from his different series, made in Berlin, Great Britain or Montana, mixed with unique copies of his book Unknown #2, as well as recent acrylic paintings. The collection outlines the features of a work that is constantly being questioned and reinterpreted.
“I don’t respect photography, I desecrate it completely and use it as a brush, paint, a stencil, a letter or a word”. Stéphane Duroy