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Galerie Camera Obscura : Patrick Taberna : Our shared lives


Galerie Camera Obscura presents until December 24 an exhibition by Patrick Taberna entitled: Nos vies partagées (Our shared lives). Didier Brousse, the director of the gallery tells us about it as follows:

Patrick Taberna has been keeping an intimate photographic diary for a quarter of a century.

His companion Sylvie and himself were first the protagonists of these series of images brought back from voyages to the North Sea, Italy, Greece… Travels guided by literary and photographic loves (Nicolas Bouvier, Bernard Plossu, Robert Frank… ).

The birth of the children, Clément and Héloïse, considerably broadened the perspective and the subject of these photographic travel diaries. They have been enriched by the adventure of childhood, with the sensory discovery of the world, the ephemeral reign of toys, the appearance of time, the hands that caress the flowers and the earth.

Then adolescence, like a cleaver, while Patrick and Sylvie advance towards the prime of life.

The unfolding of these shared lives is written little by little in the photographs accumulated over the years. A musical suite, poetic more than documentary.

These images have the subtle power, in what they capture or stage, to evoke the desires and fears of childhood, epiphanies like the melancholy of travel.

The enigma sometimes surfaces, the images arise like words on a past that cannot be said, an elusive present… but very often it is the simple evidence of the beauty that they offer us.

In recent photographs, childhood has moved away and we go from the square, that of a simple and closed world, to the landscape format, bathed in a light of autumn with the soft gravity. The wind at our back pushes us towards another journey…

Didier Brousse

The book “Our shared lives” is published by Contrejour.


Patrick Taberna: Our Shared Lives
until December 24, 2022
Galerie Camera Obscura
268 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris, France

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