Emmanuel Biard is first of all an architect. He discovered photography during his architectural studies. He finds in both of these practices the same pleasure of construction; from the structuring of the blueprints in architecture, to the framework in photography. His first series bear the evocative title Empty States, and falls in with the tradition of American colorists. Despite being at first attached to the depiction of disembodied landscapes, whether natural or urban, he then turns to his inner circle of close friends and family, establishing certain narrative devices that will progressively include these familiar figures within the frame, allowing them to evolve. The series presented at the Galerie Arenthon bears witness to a more recent practice (digital, black & white, and with flash) and evokes a vegetal, venomous and nocturnal tale.
As a part of PhotoSaintGermain, Galerie Arenthon, which specializes in modern prints, invites a photographer to put in sight both prints and photographs. This year Emmanuel Biard has chosen to set up his images in dialogue with engravings by Hans Bellmer and Stanley William Hayter.
While specializing in modern engravings, lithographs and rare books, Galerie Arenthon highlights photography of the twentieth and twenty-first century for its participation in PhotoSaintGermain. In this way, the gallery demonstrates the link between photography and the multiples and other works on paper.