During France’s presidential election in 2012, Pascal Fellonneau began photographing election posters obsessively. ”I had occasionally photographed them before, but when I saw posters everywhere in the run-up for the last election, I decided to start a new body of work” says Fellonneau, who divides his time between Paris and Bordeaux. ”I took daily walks looking for bills posted around Paris. It was both an exercise in portrait photography and a way of documenting French politics.” Rather than deliberately making the politicians into parody by using a wide-angle lens distortion, Fellonneau comes in close, framing their face tightly. Despite this, they look like caricatures due to the way they have been displayed or intervened upon. The posters are often ripped, crinkled or defaced; eyes are occasionally blacked or scratched out, and some of the posters have been covered in paint or have been drawn on. ”There is a tradition in France of drawing glasses, mustaches, beards or penises on posters of politicians’ faces. I think it’s a symptom of the mistrust people have of politics. People sometimes ask me if I’ve altered the posters, but they looked like this when I found them.”
in British Journal Of Photography
This work has been published as a book by Milan-based independent publisher BOLO Paper and were featured in various photography magazines such as Blow magazine, Hector magazine, 1814 magazine or British Journal of Photography.