Paris 1860 - 2015
Eighteen 29.5 x 23" diptychs (hand printed fiber based gelatin silver prints and archival injects)
"We often repeat: Style, makes the man, but could we not say with similar accuracy : The choice of a subject, makes the man." Charles Baudelaire.
"This series tracks the Paris sites of Méryon’s mysterious 19th century prints, paralleling the dissolution of that artist’s sanity with urban transformation." Adrian Dannatt
Taking Charles Méryon's etchings Eaux-Fortes Sur Paris as its point of departure, this series draws a parallel between the rapid transformation of Paris under the rule of Napoleon III and Baron de Haussmann, and Paris as it was in 2015. This was shortly after the terrorist attacks (when the photographs were taken) and when the city was transitioning into the Greater Paris under François Hollande.