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19 August 2009

Olivier Metzger – Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2009

Presented by Christian Milovanoff. Photographer and lecturer at the National School of Photography in Arles since 1983.


Through nocturnal tracking shots whose attention fluctuates, Nightshot delivers several unlinked shots, fixed in the darkness like photograms from the print of a feature-length movie. In a casting of roles that are captured in the often subdued reality of suburban wanderings, bodies and settings are confronted with an incongruity that arises in often unexpected ways. These apparitions—frictions between reality and its doubles—initiate in their contexts a narrative that the viewer is free to extend: scenes left hanging, fragmentary compositions, ambiguous dramas

Through the grain, one senses a perspective pitched somewhere between modernity and obsolescence: in-between spaces and the discreet or ostensible presence of nature. These mute representations, part-fiction and part-reality, could well tell us something about the world in flux around us, and to which they subscribe.

Olivier Metzger


Olivier Metzger is represented by Bertrand Grimont Gallery, Paris.

All photogrpahs come from Nightshot series.

Prints by PICTO Méditerrannée.


Exhibition venue: Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2009.