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Mois de la Photo OFF 2014 : “Temples” by Thomas Jorion, at Galerie Insula


The Galerie Insula will be exhibiting new and rare work by Thomas Jorion for its Mois de la Photo Off. These pictures were made into the 2013 book Silencio (La Martinière).

Born in 1976, Thomas Jorion began visiting abandoned buildings as a young man. “These are marginal spaces,” he says. “Silent spaces that make us lose our bearings.” In the mid-1990s, he started studying law and acquired his first camera. “Starting with my second roll of film, I photographed abandoned places.

Jorion worked as a lawyer, setting aside spare time for what slowly became an art project. He began traveling outside of France in search of abandoned buildings, and he began using a view camera. “The view camera is a tool for people who are in no hurry,” he says. When Jorion received the 200 Prix Voies Off Arles, he left his law firm and devoted himself to his passion. Since then, his work has been exhibited in Arles, Paris, Lille, Berlin, Tokyo and Rome.

Jorion approaches the ruins he photographs like temples, sacred spaces that mustn’t be profaned if he is going to capture their spirit. This is how he manages better than anyone to record the mystery of these ghostly ships, silent witnesses to a human endeavor, the stigmata of economic and historic upheavals of our time.


Temples, by Thomas Jorion
In part of Mois de la Photo OFF
November 6th-29th 2014
Galerie INSULA (hors les murs)
19 rue Guénégaud
75006 Paris
Tel.: 01 71 97 69 57
From Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 1pm / 2:30pm – 7pm
Sunday 3pm – 7pm

Book Signing on Friday 28th November from 6pm to 8pm  « Silencio »

Photographs by Thomas Jorion
216 pages
156 photographs
Editions La Martinière (2013)
Prix : 69€

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