Produced between 2016 and 2019, the black and white photographs that make up Mortemart’s Quest project depict humans overwhelmed by daily routine, lost in the anonymity of big cities, facing uncertainty and looking for themselves. In search of existential answers, they wander in a rapidly changing world, animated by a feeling of loneliness and anxiety. In an era increasingly characterized by uncertainty and social divide, the men and women depicted in Quest question their identity in a world that is sometimes difficult to grasp.
A passionate photographer since the age of 14, Alexandre de Mortemart (born in 1961) started out in France as a photojournalist. He then obtained his first official mission to Japan, during a long stay in the 1980s, for national weeklies. Back in France, he began collaborations with Le Figaro, Liberation, Le Monde, but also magazines such as Vogue, Elle, or the Egoist. It was in the mid-1990s that he decided to venture into the cinema, and devote himself to directing short films and documentaries. His work has been exhibited in France, Japan and the United States in renowned galleries such as the Aperture Gallery in New York and the Galerie Agathe Gaillard in Paris. He recently won the Lensculture Black and White award and now lives between London, Calcutta and Paris. Alexandre de Mortemart’s work has been greatly influenced by that of André Kertész, Bill Brandt and Aaron Siskind.
The book will be signed in the presence of the author at La Nouvelle Chambre Claire bookstore (3 Rue d’Arras, 75005 Paris) on Saturday 7 March from 4 p.m.
Alexandre de Mortemart : Quest
Préface d’Agathe Gaillard
Publié par Damiani
Parution : février 2020 160 pages
133 illustrations en noir et blanc Relié, 22 x 30 cm