Walk

Purpose Personal artistic project
Type Photography + Graphic Design + Editorial Design + Bookmaking + Exhibition
Status Finished
Year 2009-2013
Collaborators Arielle Assouline-Lichten from Harvard GSD (foreword)
Anouk Peytremann (English translation)
Louise Comte (Portraits)

Walk is a personal street photography project taking place in 15 cities around the world. The making of this book (including the trips abroad) took four years and it was released during an exhibition in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town in October 2013.

The city is a stage for the scenes of life. We walk through it ceaselessly, to get from one place to another, to wander through it, to admire it, or to run from it. An ephemeral combination of parameters defines each action, each setting, each moment. Impossible to recreate, each image the city produces is perfectly singular. The urban resident’s main activity is to move, and the streets become the set for each relocation. Between thousands of other pedestrians, I too choose to walk. It is that movement in the city that animates it and brings it to life. Once an observer of the “constructed” city, I transformed myself into a surveyor of the “living” city. My lens is fed by moments stolen from oblivion, capturing snapshots that will never exist again. Turning the pages of this book is to discover the unknown people who each shape their cities for a split second. Hidden by the masses, lost among the crowd, the individual falls into an immensity in which this book tries, albeit modestly, to give him back a place of his own.

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