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Pierre Descamps - Monuments

Pierre Descamps - Monuments

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Publisher: Jb. Institute, Editor: R. Leydier, ISBN: 9783000694776, Hardback, 210 x 300mm, 144pp

Because he started skateboarding in the late 1980s, Pierre Descamps cannot help seeing the city and its forms as an infinite playground. He started taking photographs of architectural spaces that skaters could use in 2006, and soon realised that his pictures recall specific codes of skateboarding photography: their focus, lighting, and perspective are arranged to magnify the space where the action is taking place. Although the figure itself (people, cars, etc.) does not make an appearance in his images, the shadow of its presence lingers. ‘Monuments’ reflects a well-defined, geometric focus; a portrait that emphasises the formalism of urban constructions and objects the city.