French photographer Frédéric Delangle (b. 1965) grew up in Paris, where his passion for documenting the suburbs and the landscape was born. Casting a raw, unbound depiction of the urban climate, the various series demonstrate an intimate understanding of every environment he inhabits. Nyctalope tracks the artist through a forest cloaked by nightfall: he immerses himself into nature, completely alone. Thus, the collection is based upon a willingness to be colonised by fear and to capture this real yet relatable emotion. Delangle presents a segment of his surroundings by bathing them in artificial light. The rest he leaves as a periphery of black: a place of possibility perhaps more foreboding than had it been left undisturbed. In doing so, he comments on the surreal thought that darkness, however natural, translates the home of harmless flora into a place of unknown and electrifying apprehension. www.fredericdelangle.com.
Twelve names have been selected for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the photography and sustainability this year themed around Hope.
Photography & the Pervasive Influence
CONTACT, the world’s largest festival of photography, opened in 2010 in Toronto. 2010’s theme explores how photography is stimulating the unprecedented change in the way we communicate.