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Revoir Paris

Revoir Paris, Thierry Clech

This series brings together images taken in Paris, where I reside. I got used for some time past, never go out without my camera. So, this is a kind of photographic notebook. Gradually, month after month, new photos will complete.

Q&A with Thierry Clech

Photography is…
Melancholy (but not nostalgia, I’m not nostalgic).
Melancholy is perhaps the essence of photography : the love of the present which constantly disappears before our eyes.

Photography and writing…
This is my life, since I split my time between the two (I’m also a scriptwriter).

Who left the biggest impression on you?
A horse !… with a front leg torn. It was in India, Haridwar, in the north. The animal did not move. The blood continued to flow. Yet he was stoic. It was a really strange vision, as a nightmare. And as I did not take a picture of the scene, I sometimes wonder (as often in India) if I did not dream…
Besides, more generally, when making photos, the eye in the viewfinder, we often wonder if we do not dream…

Tell us a little about yourself
I always have trouble saying I’m a photographer. Because that sounds like a profession, with all that it implies. And photography is certainly not a profession for me (even though – it’s probably a paradox – I do this very professionally).
I do keep all my liberty, without giving room to constraints, other than those I choose myself. For example, I shoot exclusively in black & white, and I still use films (I can not imagine take pictures with a digital camera). A few years ago, I accepted a commissioned work for a small book. I enjoyed doing it, but the condition, of course, was that I could take the pictures I wanted with my tools, and in the way I wanted.
Actually, I feel more like an « amateur ». I love this word in the French language, but in its prior sense, which means someone who loves something. And I love photography too much to make it a profession, thing which would require me to make concessions, to abide by requests, to adopt a style that is not necessarily mine, and to finally turn all these into bad habits…

autoportraitThierry Clech (www.thierryclech.com) is a French photographer based in Paris. He works exclusively in black and white film. He photographs in locations worldwide, ranging from India, Hong Kong, Istanbul, to Tokyo. He also photographs in his native Paris, particularly the business district of La Defense. He has published two books in collaboration with French novelists Philippe Jaenada and Bernard Chambaz and his work has been exhibited widely in France and abroad.
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