With this new series, Denis Darzacq continues his reflections initiated with Re-composition and Contreformes on the distancing of the photographic signifier. He creates abstract images that represent nothing but themselves, highlighting the absence of information other than plastics. From prints of elements of the two previous series, he folds, creases, cuts, tears and re-arranges these photographic prints in compositions with strong colors and precise and contrasting light. This chaotic assemblage brings together in the same context forms that come from painting as much as sculpture or mobiles, these plastic forms that innervate and influence its creation. He creates photographs of ephemeral composition objects by changing the scale of their representation.
French photographer Denis Darzacq was born and raised in Paris, a city in which he still lives and works today. He graduated from the ENSAD (French National School for Decorative Arts) in 1986 and started his photographic career following the French rock scene.
In 1994 he began his first work titled “Only Heaven”, which he exhibited at various photo festivals. In 1999 the French Ministry of Culture commissioned him a body of work on French youth. The interaction between man and urban space and, more precisely, the suburbs have been a driving force in his recent work.
Darzacq won the 2007 World Press Photo prize in the category “Arts & Entertainment” for his series “La chute” and the prestigeous french prize “”Niepce”” in 2012.
He has published a number of books including“Act” (2012), “”Hyper” (2009),“La Chute” (2007), “Bobigny centre ville” (2006, co-author Marie Desplechin), “Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête” (2004), “Ensembles 1997/2000” (2001).
Exhibited extensively throughout France and internationally, his work is also held in both public and private collections including the Pompidou Center, Fred and Laura Bidwell Art Collection, the FNAC (French National Contemporary Art Fund), the Nicéphore Niépce Museum andThe Caldic Collection in Netherland.