CHRISTOPHE CAUDROY | PARIS, FRANCE
Christophe Caudroy is based in Paris and works wherever his eye drives him. When he does not teaches his passion to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière, he explores the stakes of urban development on the landscape, his influence on man. This approach is reflected in its orders and personal projects in Europe and Asia.
The appropriation and use of places, often at the margin, are found in all his works, in Lebanon, where he explores a hotel abandoned by the Syrian army in Jerusalem and his bunkerized life in Hong Kong and Tokyo The extreme density forces us to rethink its relationship with the city.
What is your work about?
The City and its Overflows is the result of several years of work in and about Asian cities. After working quite a bit in Europe and the Middle East, I felt the desire to confront myself with something different, something completely unknown to me: Far East Asia. This project has taken its current shape only recently, when I’ve decided to create images that would be more intimate rather than simply document the urban space.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
I work with a Arca-Swiss 4×5 inch camera. It is a very qualitative but very heavy material with all accessories. I work on tripods and I take 10 holders every day. I can only shoot 20 pictures per day. So you must be sure of your choices… which is impossible but it forces you to think about what you want to show.
To make my pictures I walk a lot in town and with this material it is praise of slowness.