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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Denis Darzacq


He is one of the best-known photographers of his generation and has exhibited all around the world. His series “La chute” (“The Fall”) made him an artist recognized by the public, after other professionals and collectors had appreciated his talent. In love with color and movement, he always carefully organizes his striking images in order to produce meaning and encourage thougths. This year, two of his series will be spectacularly displayed on the outside wall of the French Embassy. The series “Hyper” depicts young men and girls, dancers and athletes, floating in front of his lens in the colorful departments of the new temples of consumer society. Suspended in air, to the point where this would seem impossible without manipulation, these floating figures confront accumulations of products such as rolls of carpet. In addition, a radical series of “portraits” against a neutral background of young people in motorbike helmets, the new knights of the roadway, whose identity is hidden behind their armor, plays humorously with the well-known reticence of drivers of two-wheelers in Phnom Penh to adopt this indispensable protective gear.

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