Nicolas Dhervillers, 1981, France, is a photographer that keeps fooling it's viewers. What appears as reality is actually a fabricated reality. In his series Tourist he has taken night pictures of remote places in which he relights certain parts creating "non-places". He then went on the internet searching for the most banal holiday snap possible. He combines the two images letting the people be tourists in his images. In the series Préfiguration, Nicolas photographed visitors in the Pompidou Centre in Paris and put them into spaces of the building site of the future Pompidou Centre in Metz. The following images come from the series: MY SENTIMENTAL ARCHIVES.
«For a Swiss, I am a Japanese and for a Japanese I am a Swiss or rather a gaijin.»
My name is David «Takashi» Favrod. I was born on the 2nd of July 1982 in Kobe, Japan, of a Japanese mother and a Swiss father. When I was 6 months old, my parents decided to come and live in Switzerland, more precisely in Vionnaz, a little village in lower Valais. As my father had to travel for his work a lot, I was mainly brought up by my mother who taught me her principles and her culture.
When I was 18, I asked for double nationality at the Japanese embassy, but they refused, because it is only given to Japanese women who wish to obtain their husband’s nationality.
It is from this feeling of rejection and also from a desire to prove that I am as Japanese as I am Swiss that this work was created. “Gaijin” is a fictional narrative, a tool for my quest for identity, where self-portraits imply an intimate and solitary relationship that I have with myself. The mirror image is frozen in a figurative alter ego that serves as an anchor point.
The aim of this work is to create “my own Japan”, in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents war narratives.
Sabina Hannila is a Swedish photographer who currently lives and study at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. After the University she wants to be a photojournalist exploring people and their personal stories.
Photographic project explain:
In the 1500s, a man called Nostradamus was born in France. He predicated that in the year of 2012 the earth and the life would be destroyed by a comet. This was backed up by the Maya peolpe and their Long Count Calendar, wich ends in the year 2012. It was never started, however, in their calendar that the world is going to end completely, but that world as we know it now will come to an end and a new beginning shall take form. Peolpe have interpreted this in many ways, and the most popular one is that of the Apocalypse; this has also been backed up by scientists that claim that a magnetic pole shift is about to happen around this time this year., wich will cause massive earthquake and tsunamis all over the world. People around the world are preparing for the Apocalypse by building bunkers and stocking up food as well as collecting survival gear. There is one group of people, however, that has taken these predictions in a slightly different manner. The Lightwalkers are a universal group of people who believe that 2012 is the year for positive change in humanity:”we will be enlightened rather than extinguished”. They believe that they were chosen, before birth, to save humanity from all its fears by, during the time of sleep, let their spirits leave their earthly bodies and travel up to our universe and together send positive thoughts through space. By doing so they hope to create positive energy rather than negative, and therefore awaken people’s spiritual self.
“We are the family of the new Earth”
For the past three years Katy Grannan has roamed the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco, photographing strangers. Her subjects are most often people whom others pass by without notice, anonymous individuals who have now been transformed by photography’s peculiar magic.
Grannan photographs her subjects in front of the type of white stucco walls that can be found anywhere. She works midday when the strong noon light, in tandem with the white walls, transforms her city streets into outdoor studios. The light is precise and indiscriminate, delineating in high-pitched detail Grannan’s hustlers, strutters, addicts and beauty queens. The timeless characters who populate Grannan’s Boulevards are a compendium of street types rendered with mesmerizing intensity, separated from their counterparts of past centuries by little more than costume or hairstyle.
Katy Grannan lives and works in Berkeley. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
Boulevard is accompanied by an illustrated catalog published by Fraenkel Gallery and Salon 94, New York. This is Katy Grannan’s third solo exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery.