EMMANUEL MONZON, PHOTOGRAPHER
Works and lives in Seattle, WA, USA
Emmanuel Monzon steals in-between moments
by Beatrice Chassepot
I want to photograph the in-between state found in the American landscape. So I capture places of transition, borders, passages from one world to another: am I leaving a city or entering a new environment, says French-American photographer Emmanuel Monzon
Photography is a question of angle -from which angle will I choose to show what I see- and photography is a also a question of purpose -which visual argument will I choose for what I want to say?- For those two categories some photographers act as a witness of the scene they shoot like William Eggleston, some others like Gregory Crewdson re-create a fiction, some others create a narrative through a series, some others shift the scene they shoot into an abstract vision and so on…
And there is Emmanuel Monzon, who catches those “in-between moments”, the moment in a city or in the suburbs when the crowd left the scene, or before people invade the scene again like every ordinary days. It is that specific moment when the scene is at rest rejuvenating itself, and breathing at its own rhythm, independently from the humanity who created it.
The result is awesome: a special mood due to the minimalist aesthetic, the square format, the quality and variety of greys and blacks.
In addition to the technique, that specific in-between moment the photographer has chosen to shoot brings the feeling that each photograph is a steal for which the viewer is transformed in a voyeur of a place where he shouldn’t be.
We are proud to include Emmanuel Monzon in our Ultimate Artist Category
Beatrice Chassepot, Los Angeles, February 23d, 2017
Graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, with honors.
Degree in Visual Arts-Paris, France
AWARDS (selected on a total of 16)
2017: USA-RAYKO PHOTO CENTER-SF: AWARD- TOP PRIZE-POST PRESENCE
2017: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –HONORABLE MENTION 2017: USA-LIFE FRAMER: BEST NINE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2016 LIFE FRAMER
2016: ARSLANT AWARDS: 9TH 2016 ARTSLANT PRIZE SHOWCASE WINNER-NY
2016: 9TH EDITION OF THE POLLUX AWARDS-FINALIST-JURY: EDITOR BERLIN PHOTO BIENNALE-UK
2016: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 2015/2016-SILVER AWARD-OPEN THEME-LONDON
2015 USA-MY ART MY VISION-2015-JUROR: CRISTA DIX –DIRECTOR WALL SPACE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY- CA
2015: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014/2015-INTERNATIONAL CONTEST- HONORABLE MENTION- LONDON
2015: ART FORWARD INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS-PHOTOGRAPHY- BRONZE AWARD 2015- JUROR: JENNIFER SCHLESINGER, VERGE GALLERY. CA- USA
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (for 2017)
2017: USA-THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY– FORT COLLINS –CO- C4FAP-SELECTION PORTFOLIO-Curator: Hannah Friezer Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW).
2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: Annual Berlin Exhibition
2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: featured in The Independent Photographer 2017 Talent of the Year photobook.
2017: HONK-KONG- CHARBON ART-SPACE–ENTERTHEVOID– SOLO SHOW
2017: SELECTION: LENSCULTURE EXPOSURE AWARDS 2017:-top-rated entries.
2017: ITALY- VOGUE MAGAZINE-PHOTOVOGUE-PORTFOLIO-Italy
2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: SELECTION FINALISTS-OPEN CALL-JUROR: Loulou D’Aki.
2017: USA-BLACK BOX GALLERY: SELECTION/EXHIBITION-BLACK AND WHITE 2017-PR
2017: USA-RAYKO PHOTO CENTER: SELECTION/EXHIBITION: POST-PRESENCE: AWARD-TOP PRIZE: JUROR: PHROOM MAGAZINE/NOICE MAGAZINE-SF
2017: USA-FLOAT MAGAZINE: SELECTION/EXHIBITION: SPACE-NY