Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre are two young French photographers, united in their shared passion for contemporary ruins since 2002. “During our visits to ruins, we always try to focus on remarkable buildings, whose architecture embodies the psychology of an age and system; through them we observe the metamorphosis of the process of decay”.
When they started, each self-taught member of this duo carried their own 8x10 camera. By 2006, they had developed a shared vision and began using only one camera. our booth showcases the artists’ 3 primary series: The Ruins of Detroit (2005- 2009), Theaters (ongoing), and Industry (ongoing), which spans their entire practice.
Over the past twelve years, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre have systematized their approach. They always follow the same technique, using a large-format camera to shoot their surroundings with a cold objectivity. Yet, they are able to transcend the apparent idleness of the sites they choose to photograph. Beginning each time with the theaters’ or industrial compounds’ interiors, such as productions halls, machine rooms and control rooms, they work their way to the administrative and social spaces, of ces and halls, before nally heading outside.
Inspired by the Dusseldorf school, this young duo has proved its ability to investigate abandoned places. Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre deliver a superb document of the evolution of our economies and societies. Their images, scenes steeped in a tender yet unsettling apocalyptic atmosphere, reveal the aws of our modern society.
Internationally recognized, their work was recently exhibited in the Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt am Main and in Gent, in 2015.