Raymond Depardon focuses on the consequences of urban development in the second half of the 20th century: factories for sale on the periphery of cities surrounded by dozens of car parks, peri-urban areas that swallow up small cities and villages, overexploitation of coastal and high mountain areas...
« I visited very different places, with very different stories. I’ve made it a rule to keep a distance from the subject which allowed me to consider regionalistic specificities and try to tell our common story of everyday life. »
The main features of Depardon’s full of empathy former works were the contrast effects of black and white photographs and the use of a dynamic depth of field. This time, he preferred frontality and the use of the photographic chamber, colour, and a soft, neutral and unique light. The photographer sometimes preferred landscapes to human beings; however, it is a way « to focus on human influence which modified landscapes throughout history. »
Size: 31 x 27.4 x 4.4 cm
Publisher: Seuil (2010)