A formal background in architecture informs Parisian photographer Jérôme Bryon’s (b. 1974) muted urban landscapes. Currently based in Montpellier, France, Bryon’s latest series, Grand Sud, navigates the commercial district of the southern French city as though exploring undiscovered, alien terrain. In abstract detail, the buildings acquire a constructed universality but the focus on particular textures and patterns also captures their individual essence. Initially, the sequence appears to follow the objective stance of the documentary photographer. However, the subtle intrusion of nature adds a decorative aspect – there is an element of Japonisme in the delicate branches and artistically cropped boughs of protruding trees, whilst the deft manipulation of negative space and geometric planes appears to reference Russian constructivism. Grand Sud is currently on show at Galerie Marie Hélène de La Forest Divonne, Paris. www.jeromebryon.com.
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Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Ben Brown Fine Arts
Bernd and Hilla Becher are best known for their heavy-contrast photographs featuring formalist architecture beneath overcast skies, having championed the German ‘New Objectivity’ style.