Christopher Rihet (Arles-2017)

“Speed and acceleration are at the heart of the modernization process sweeping us up in a race involving every facet of daily life. Modern life is based on constant risk. Accidents are its essence. Crashes bring grief and misery, but can no longer be interpreted only as brutally tearing the victims from life, like ancient natural cataclysms that arbitrarily struck and devastated populations. It is a part of existence from the moment life begins. Sometimes accidental death seems like a natural culmination of modern life, making the celebrities in this album the tragic heroes of our times. Their lives were the flower but their deaths may have been the fruit. Christophe Rihet found the places where they died. He photographed their invisible graves, and by the frame offered to the revealed image, here he transforms their brief false move into a move into eternity. He shows us the road in a different guise, as an open-air mausoleum.”
Camille Riquier

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Straight photographs of places where well known people died in road accidents with brief factual descriptions of what happened. The photographs are made in the twilight hours which gives appropriate atmosphere to the locations.

A simple strategy on behalf of the photographer but it works. The series is compelling even at the end of a long day of viewing 4 other exhibitions I find myself looking closely at every photograph and reading the extended captions.

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