The Walker of Paris

Christophe Olivier. (Photographer and Author)

55.00

  • Text in french
  • 244 x 288 mm - 192 pages
ISBN: 978-2-87868-275-5

Christophe Ollivier’s gaze is that of a wanderer in search of the soul of Paris, “panÂme.” Through his lens, the city appears as a chaos filled with harmony, much like our lives. More of an artist than a photographer, the black and white “sketch-like” photos give the feeling of a drawing. The elegance of the photo collages allows one to convey much with very little. The Polaroid variations of the Eiffel Tower, “as many moods as there are Parisians,” resemble painting. From one chapter to the next, anecdotes add an impressionistic touch to these Parisian strolls.

“The walker of Paris” is a collection of walks for both one-day visitors to Paris and lifelong Parisians. You can put it down while still dreaming or use it as an invitation to travel further.

Christophe Olivier.

Christophe Ollivier, a visual artist, lives and works in Paris. Since 2004, he has been developing a project dedicated to Paris, where he composes inverted perspectives that make the viewer feel like a part of the image. For this, he has developed a style known as ‘photo au trait,’ a digital black and white photography achieved without any retouching during shooting. ‘Artscratch’ is the term that defines his work in color. He ‘scratches’ Polaroid films during their emulsion, thus sculpting the chemistry of photography as it develops. The intervention time is very short, and it must be done blindly because once the image is revealed, it’s too late.

‘Le Promeneur de Paris’ is a part of this artistic journey. Following ‘Les Portraits Kanji’ about his travels in Japan, where he communicated with the Japanese through their calligraphed Polaroid portraits, despite not speaking the language, this book marks his second work.

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