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Pascal Bonneau, the alchemist photographer


I do not know Pascal Bonneau personally. As a client, I had already deserted Pictorial, the temple of photographic laboratories at the time, when he joined in the mid-1980s, an exceptional team. The character seems very pleasant and his various relationships are very friendly.

But as always, I don’t care who the character is, what concerns us are his works, his work and his creativity. On the creativity side, nothing is missing because for the slightest subject, from a leek to a praying mantis, from a narcissus to a withered apple, from odontitis to a plucked guinea fowl, the object becomes a star in a work as grandiose as it is unexpected. From the beginning the subject is very uncluttered to show a quintessence that can be seen as soon as the reader’s gaze rests on it. Each photograph exudes a total and unrestrained sensuality.

Without being bombastic, the technique is masterful and amplifies the perfectionism imposed by the author on each of his photographs. The know-how employed, apart from any fashion phenomenon, is spread with mastery, from palladium printing to printing on albumen paper, including prints on fine paper marouflages on 24 carat gold leaf. A sweet blend of technical research and high-flying skills in the laboratory.

These little photographic gems are often seen, especially in Provence, if a poster catches your attention, do not shy away from your pleasure by pushing the door for a few long minutes of contemplation.

Thierry Maindrault



from October 15 until November 20, 2021

from 10h00 to 19h00, except Sunday.

Librairie Galerie Maupetit

142 La Cannebière


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