Christophe Dolhem is a Designer and art director, born in Paris and living in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied art history, graphic design and illustration in Sweden and his international career has brought him to many cities in the world, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Seoul and even Rio.
As a Child, Christophe was given a camera and photography has been a lifelong companion. The photographs give expression to a fascination for photography with a spiritual affinity to Henri-Cartier Bresson, Edouard Boubat, Walker Evans and Lee Friedlander. The ideas have been formed by their works. In Christophe’s case the choice of motif seems to be governed both by curiosity and a distinct sense for beauty The photographs have been taken in London, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Aeolian Islands and other places in the world.
Although these areas differ in many respects – not least geographically – the photographs align themselves through a common feature, which can be attributed to their style and aesthetic expression. The pictures contain a keynote characterized by the searching melancholic experience of life, which means that the strong sense of being present in place and time simultaneously involves a vein of loss. As if the subject, even at the moment it has been captured for posterity, has also been encircled by the past and only become accessible as memories.
The fragments formed by the pictures become both keys to what has been and mediators of a loss that shapes perception of life as a whole. This duality is reflected and reinforced by the empathic contrast between light and dark in the Photographs: an aspect that leads to wondering how these pictures where produced.
With analogue photography, a physical transformation takes place in the light – sensitive silver halide crystals, and between the subject and the developed picture there is an actual connection: often described in terms of traces or impressions.
The technique also creates a delay between the exposure and the visible end result, and for some photographer – Christophe Dolhem is one – this gap is a procedure in which the yet to be realized picture matures in a certain sense. In addition to this deep fascination for photography as a process and material, the pictures are characterized by a striking visual sensibility. There is a synthetizing volition to collect pictorial elements into larger shapes and planes something that contributes to the clarity of expressions in the photographs.
Viewed in succession, the pictures possess the nature of a diary, only the focus rests on sensory impressions rather than incidents. Making an additional comparison with literary genre, the references come from the precision of address in lyrical poetry and not the epic narrative of the novel
Amatören. Stockholm 2009
Traveling in Black and White. London 2014
No light without Shadow Stockholm. 2019
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All pictures are printed on silver gelatin. Available in large and small format (70 x 100 cm or 24 x 36 cm).