Marine Lepetit
Photographer

After the end of my photography studies in Gobelins school in Paris in 2011, I came back to Bordeaux where I grew up. Since then I have been reporting on building sites for an engineer magazine and illustrations for tourist guides. I am also a wedding and birthday photographer, I love to catch important events in people’s lives and to think that maybe their great-grandchildren will see those pictures in many years… I define my personal work as documentary, trying to shoot raw reality without spending so much time in post-production. The photo story presented here is a project I made all around China between April and June. When I heard about the outrageous quantity of concrete this country used in only a few years, creating a real estate bubble to encourage growth, I wanted to see what the landscape had turned into. I went there on my own with my camera and my darkroom for two months, from Shanghaï to Kunming, to capture all those entirely new districts of concrete, glass and steel buildings with modern architecture that replace traditional houses and cultivated lands.

I’m now planning my next photo report in Mali, thinking about a more social subject that will correspond with my never ending story of french rural life in Creuse, entitled CP23460.

Marine Lepetit
Photographer

After the end of my photography studies in Gobelins school in Paris in 2011, I came back to Bordeaux where I grew up. Since then I have been reporting on building sites for an engineer magazine and illustrations for tourist guides. I am also a wedding and birthday photographer, I love to catch important events in people’s lives and to think that maybe their great-grandchildren will see those pictures in many years… I define my personal work as documentary, trying to shoot raw reality without spending so much time in post-production. The photo story presented here is a project I made all around China between April and June. When I heard about the outrageous quantity of concrete this country used in only a few years, creating a real estate bubble to encourage growth, I wanted to see what the landscape had turned into. I went there on my own with my camera and my darkroom for two months, from Shanghaï to Kunming, to capture all those entirely new districts of concrete, glass and steel buildings with modern architecture that replace traditional houses and cultivated lands.

I’m now planning my next photo report in Mali, thinking about a more social subject that will correspond with my never ending story of french rural life in Creuse, entitled CP23460.

  • Grey Crawford. Chroma, 1978–85, Vol 1
    Publication
    Beam Editions
    International
    In 1978 Grey Crawford created a body of colour photographic work that was so radical in its aesthetic and technique that few people to this day understand how it was made. Chroma documents late 70s Los Angeles in a period of radical urban transformation. Scenes of vernacular architecture, demolition sites and everyday places are contrasted with graphic forms that float on the surface and sit within the image. (more…)
  • Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul
    Publication
    siglio
    International
    Convening polyphonous voices from past and present, I Will Keep My Soul is an orchestral layering of photography, historical documents, poetry and interviews, all rooted in the social history, geography and community of New Orleans. In this prismatic artist’s book, UK-based artist Helen Cammock traverses the city, rendering her observations and encounters into reverberant texts and percipient photographic images that tender the city’s invisible histories. (more…)
  • Adraint Khadafhi Bereal: The Black Yearbook
    Publication
    4 Color Books / Penguin Random House
    International
    When photographer Adraint Bereal graduated from the University of Texas, he self-published an impressive volume of portraits, personal statements, and interviews that explored UT’s campus culture and offered an intimate look at the lives of Black students matriculating within a majority white space. Bereal’s work was inspired by his first photo exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, entitled 1.7, that unearthed the experiences of the 925 Black men that made up just 1.7% of UT’s total 52,000 student body. (more…)