Born in Bordeaux, Laurent Delhourmehas lived in Paris for over 25 years. After studying audiovisual, he became a professional portrait photographer from 1997. In addition to his numerous advertising campaigns, his portraits are published in various French and foreign magazines. Fascinated by the image, Laurent Delhourme moved from 2001 to the camera as a complement to his photographic work. Director and chief operator, he has since made numerous documentary and advertising films. Among its latest series, a commission from the Grand Palais, on the occasion of the next closure of the monument for works.
At the same time, for several years, he has walked the streets of Paris, Leica in hand. He photographs people and looks at them with no bias or judgment. It seeks to capture the invisible in the everyday lives of the people it meets. Each of his photos is connected to a story, a story, a singular moment. As part of the filiation of humanist photography,Laurent is inspired by the work of Elliott Erwitt, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Far from a journalistic approach, he wants to document his time. Macadam Paname, the book he presents here, his first, is the culmination of many years of capturing the strangeness of reality in the streets of the capital.
Laurent Delhourme deliver in Macadam Paname a new approach to street photography.
The look, in black and white, is not peeping, it is amused. It is that of a curious child who marvels at the unusual and discovers for us, in the streets of Paris, burlesque situations or incongruities with poetic impulses. The graphic staging by diptychs reveals while sublimating the daily life of a city that often escapes the Parisians too much in a hurry or tourists in a rush.
With Macadam Paname, we walk in a new open city, through the imagination of the photographer and his acuity to grasp moments of grace. Prévert is not far away: Paris is a party for those who know how to watch it. This is the case of Laurent Delhourme, who, with this first book, is part of the great tradition of humanist photographers.
This book project is presented as a preview during the Rencontres d’Arles 2019 as part of the Voies Off, on the occasion of the collective exhibition organized by Hemeria.
The production of the book benefits from the printing processes developed by Printmodel® that allow Hemeria to offer photographers that it defends a level of excellence in the realization of their works. Macadam Paname is no exception