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Little Big Gallery : Claude Pavelek : Disappeared Cinemas & Freeze Frame


Claude Pavelek started out as a set photographer for cinema and theatre. He also became a cameraman, and regularly collaborates with the main television channels for magazines and documentaries.
For several years he has also collaborated with the Little Big Galerie, in Paris and Arles.
He works mainly in analog photography, drawing his inspiration from the world of  novels, paintings or drawings.
His photographic practice is based on the poetry of reality, he chooses an affective and sensitive approach. Then comes the time to tell these stories in a more structured way.
From abandoned movie theaters to the seaside, passing through portraits or even nudes, his photographs are like a travel diary, an uninterrupted visual narrative.
He has devoted himself for several years to the shore and to the links that men have with it.

About Disappeared Cinemas:
Since the mid-1980s, hundreds of movie theaters have quietly closed, in neighborhoods by district, and villages village. At the bend of a square, an off-center alley, some are still standing, silent.
If some reopen almost miraculously. More often than not, there are no more brightly colored posters, signs or neon. The facade is discreet, as if to escape the appetite of promoters and the blows of diggers. The doors securely closed, time has passed quietly, and the movie theatres that survived blend into the urban landscape. Inside, thousands of stories are locked up, and not just movie stories.


Claude Pavelek : Cinémas disparus & Arrêt sur image
May 23 – June 18, 2023
Little Big Galerie
45 rue Lepic
75018 Paris

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