Candidates

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.”

Gemma Padley
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.

Pascal Fellonneau

Pascal Fellonneau is a French photographer exploring the landscapes of Europe from Iceland to Spain, from his hometown Bordeaux to Paris where he now lives. An important part of his work questions the urban scene as we inhabit it. His pictures depict strange yet familiar landscapes often devoid of humanity. After living in Iceland for a few years, he was beneficiary of a grant from French ministry of Culture in 2005, and began exhibiting in several countries across Europe (France, Greece, Germany, Sweden).

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

Permanent Vacation, Bordeaux, France

2011

NORD[S] Regards Croisés within the context of Transphotographiques festival in Lille, France
Cold Cold Ground (within the context of Fotografi i Fokus, The South Sweden Photography Biennial) Final Galleri, Malmö, Sweden
Brave New World, Athens Photo Festival / Hellenic Center for Photography. Greece

2010

The Farm, Museum of Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France

2008

Island, Résonance festival
(OFF of the Biennial of Contemporary Arts), Lyon, France

2007

Urbane landschaften Islands, VHS fotogalerie, Stuttgart, Germany

2006

Stuffed, Ilka Bree gallery, Bordeaux, France

PUBLICATIONS

British Journal Of Photography
Elle
1814 Magazine
Blow Magazine
Hector Magazine
Libération
Telerama
The Guardian
TGV magazine
Allianz
Total
Australian Wine Selectors
Le Figaro Magazine
O.K. Periodicals
Hector Magazine
Standard Magazine
Mouvement
Le Festin.

LINKS

Website
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