STÉPHANE COUTURIER

Stéphane Couturier was born in France in 1957 and began his career in his native Paris in the early 1990s. Whether its construction sites in Berlin, demolished buildings in Havana, or an automobile assembly plant in Valenciennes, Couturier’s images are always about transformation, a subject he explores with a strong sense of design, composition, and color. The resulting images, according to the Telegraph, “are characterized by a vast array of visual information and an extraordinary clarity that separates him from his contemporary German counterparts.”
 
The unique energy and vitality of the images in Urban Archeology, which was photographed in Berlin, Paris, Seoul, Moscow, Havana, and other cities, accentuate the temporal turbulence of metropolitan areas of the world. Emphasizing the cycles of construction and demolition endemic to modern industrialized life, the photographs possess dynamic vertical and horizontal lines, elegant curves, and brilliant effects of light and indigenous color.
 
Melting Point builds on these investigations. Using a large-format camera, Couturier creates crisply detailed prints that expand the viewer’s awareness of how a photograph can look and how urban occurrences can be conceptualized. Each picture is printed from a sandwiching of two moments in time, creating highly abstract yet precisely detailed images. People, machines, car parts, wires and more all compete for the viewer’s attention—images of industry simultaneously out of control and in perfect harmony.
 
Couturier’s photographs are in major museum collections, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Grand-Duc Jean Museum, Luxembourg, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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