Contemporary French photographer Stéphane Couturier specialises in large-scale images of urban spaces and deserted landscapes. His images of construction sites, streets, façades, bridges, or temporary architecture yield structures that recal abstract painting. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson capturing people at the right moment Couturier seeks the moment and the point of view that will offer him the world as colour, form and composition.
One of the trademarks of Couturier's practice is the creation of realities which are at once recognizable and yet distorted, achieved through his technique of overlapping and time-lapsing images. His works deal with a world designed by architects: Modern architecture in the form of buildings designed by Le Corbusier, high-tech interiors and exteriors resulting from industrial production, the ruins of modernity, and the fascinating construction sites in towns and cities. Deriving their force and vivacity precisely from the collision of the constructed ideal with lived reality, playfully working around the boundaries of the photographic image.
Stéphane Couturier (*1957) is represented in many prominent collections with numerous works, among others in the Centre Pompidou, the Musée du Petit Palais, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA in the US.
He had solo shows at the Maison Européennne de la Photographie in Paris in 2015, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône(France) in 2016/17, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi (Belgium) in 2018, and the Musée Fernand Léger in Biot (France) in 2019.