Les Artistes

"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1959 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Philippe Chancel’s photographs explore the various degrees where art, documentary and journalism meet. Focusing on the status of images confronted with reality, he investigates the fascination of the image in the contemporary world in order to better understand the reasons for this attraction/repulsion process. Over the past twenty years Chancel has shown a particular interest for authoritarian societies and communist dictatorships. Traveling to the Emirates and North Korea, he noticed similarities to both country: the cult of personality, the concentration of power, the control over individuals and most of all, the denial of the human being. His interest lays in the way those society stage their power.

 

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