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Le Château d’Eau : Léo Delafontaine : Deconstructing Photography (extraits)


In parallel with Catherine Balet’s exhibition “Looking for the Masters in Ricardo’s Golden Shoes”, Galerie Le Château d’Eau presents the works of Léo Delafontaine from February 24 to April 11, 2021 in Espace 2.

Exhibited for the first time, they echo, with different modalities, this current need to revisit the history of photography, to appropriate it and to go beyond it.

Extracted from a larger set, entitled Deconstructing photography, Léo Delafontaine also seeks to pay tribute to the classics of photography while roughing them up in one way or another.



Nine photographic masterpieces from another era colorized by children of the 21st century.


Mashups are very popular in music, why not in photography? Two famous photographs combine to become a single, disturbing image.


Or the summary in a single image of mythical photo books that have always accompanied the photographer (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Images à la Sauvette, Verve, 1952, Robert Frank, Les Américains, Delpire, 1958, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Forty years, The Museum of Modern Art, 2014, Diane Arbus, An Aperture Monograph), Aperture, 2011, Nan Goldin, The Ballad Of Sexual Dependency, Aperture, 2012, Anders Petersen, Café Lehmitz, Schirmer / Mosel, 2012, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diary Sentimental Journey, Shinchosha, 1991, Martin Parr, Small World 2nd Edition, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2007, Chris Killip, In Flagrante Two, Steidl, 2015).


Léo Delafontaine was born in 1984 in Rouen (Seine Maritime 76). He graduated in photography and French literature. In 2011, he carried out a project for the Photaumnales festival on the three monotheisms in the Beauvais region. This project was published by Diaphane editions with texts by Christian Caujolle and Isy Morgensztern.

His second book on Micronations was published in September 2013, also by Diaphane editions with texts by Bruno Fuligni and Isabelle Hanne. He also published a book on a Russian mining enclave in the Arctic (Arktikugol) in 2015 and the result of a creative residency at the Niepce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône (Cutting Paper with Thomas Cecchelani) at Editions 77.

He is part of the France(s) Territoire Liquide collective.


Léo Delafontaine : Deconstructing Photography (extraits)

En raison du COVID-19, la Galerie est en attente de réouverture … et par conséquent de l’inauguration des expositions…

Le Château d’Eau 

Espace 2

1 Place Laganne

31300 Toulouse, France’eau?_k=ila1g3



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