Edition 2015

Artist presented by Claire Jacquet

Delphine Chanet

At the Penninghen Ecole Supérieure
 of design, graphics, and interior architecture, Delphine Chanet’s three years as a student of Franck Horvat, fashion photographer, would be decisive for her interest in the history of photography and her desire to become a photographer herself. Although her degree supervisor was the Polish poster artist Roman Cieslewicz,
 she found that photography was her true form of expression and began 
her professional career as an art director at advertising agencies. Going behind the camera as a photographer and director, she soon made her mark in children’s fashion, becoming one of Milk magazine’s signature photographers. Inspired by photographers whose approach takes them into the heart of daily intimacy, such as Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Luigi Ghirri, and Sarah Moon (for her fictionalized, sublimated approach to reality), Delphine Chanet also draws from literature (Lewis Carroll above all) or the cinema of Godard (his unconventional framing, his light, his colours), embracing the playfulness of childhood and 
the moody sensitivity of adolescence. She photographs within her circle 
of intimates and beyond as well:
 her daughter often, her friends,
 and, most frequently, strangers met by chance. Delphine Chanet seeks out and captures the intensity of their personalities, each subject’s uniqueness which cannot be reduced to a printed image—and there lies
 the challenge! Within her strictly composed images, whether studio 
or location shots, she reveals a sense of narrative that sets the various protagonists in relationship to themselves and others; a desire 
to capture the tableau vivant
 of the human comedy in its most vivid fragments. Colours, light, simplicity, and radicality are her structuring elements.
Claire Jacquet

Prints by Atelier Surexposes, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture