French photographer Denis Darzacq’s suspended animation photography with subjects floating weightless, trapped in time, disconnected from their environment, yet fully immersed within it, juxtaposed against familiar objects and locations, causes one to pause and reflect. The subjects themselves become obscure and it is their flow, their gesture of movement within their space, that becomes the focal point.
Denis Darzacq was born in 1961 in Paris where he presently lives. Having graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in 1986, Darzacq began his career by following France’s rock scene and became a set photographer for many feature films (Satyajit Ray, Jacques Rivette, Chantal Ackerman). Since 1989 he has heavily contributed to national press publications such as Libération. By 1994, he began to exhibit his work and in 1999 received a grant from the Ministry of Culture for a project on France’s youth.
His projects and work are exhibited in France and abroad. His photographs are now a part of collections in the National Modern Art Museum (Centre Georges Pompidou), in the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum’s National Contemporary Collection in Chalon-sur-Saône, France; as well as at the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris, Gallery Chateau d’eau, Toulouse, the Caldic collection in Holland, the Regional Contemporary Art Collection of Haute Normandy, the Altadis Foundation.
You can see these photography works, which are currently on show, at the Kopeiking Gallery through October 23, 2010.