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The Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland California - Limited Edition of 5


The Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland California - Limited Edition of 5 Photograph

Franck Bohbot

United States

Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 60 W x 48 H x 0.1 D in

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Presenting "House Of Books" the original collection of Franck Bohbot, large format photography, libraries around the world. “Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library,” wrote Isaac Asimov in a letter sent to celebrate the 1971 opening of Troy, Missouri’s new library. “It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you---and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” Affirming the sentiments of these words, House of Books brings together a visual compendium of these literary portals, each space selected for its distinct grandeur, reflective of the fantastic, complex beauty contained within its shelves. In the rhythmic reiteration of minute multi-colored volumes that recede into an unknowable vanishing point, the architecture of knowledge takes its shape; the dizzying vastness of the interiors even come to resemble, in many instances, the control room of a space shuttle, perfect testaments to Asimov’s vivid metaphor. As we move towards becoming an increasingly digitized society, this testament to the home of the printed word is a reminder of the once-precious physical object of the book, and the serene majesty of these institutions that first made such transformative objects accessible. The grandiosity of the chosen structures comes to symbolize the significance of the library itself—a vital, democratic space of refuge, education, remembrance, and possibility.

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Photography Print:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:60 W x 48 H x 0.1 D in

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Fine Art Photographer, born in France, lives and work between New York and Los Angeles. Born in 1980 in France, photographer Franck Bohbot moved to New York City in 2013, and is currently based out of Los Angeles. He is a documentarian with an eye for the theatrical who found his way to photography by way of cinema. Although he turned his focus fully to photography in 2008, beginning his career as a unit still photographer on short film sets, the formal and aesthetic influences of the cinematographic form unsurprisingly continue to underlie his present work. Bohbot’s photographic work inhabits a space between reality and fantasy, documenting and storytelling, every frame—to borrow a phrase from Nan Goldin—like a still from a nonexistent film. He has drawn artistic inspiration from figures as diverse as Jeff Wall, Luigi Ghirri, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Hopper, William Eggleston, and Martin Scorsese. Bohbot frequently takes a formal, typological approach to crafting visual narratives, highlighting the surreal symmetries of our constructed worlds and capturing the poetry of everyday places with a unique attentiveness to the interplay of light and color. He employs the latter two elements as tools of nostalgia, exploring loss and obsolescence by crafting images that are as much about what is invisible or lacking as what is there within the frame. Rendering public spaces, street scenes, and architectural sites of interest in his distinctive painterly palette, he documents inanimate structures with all the sensitivity of a human portrait, as though constructing an imaginary archive of social spaces for a post-apocalyptic time capsule. His works have been critically acclaimed and published by The New York Times, National Geographic, New York Mag, El Pais, Vogue, Time, Bloomberg, The Guardian, L'Obs, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest among others.

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