Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French photographer born in Gap in 1976. He graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France and from the photography at the Photography School of Vevey, Switzerland. His work uses landscape, architecture and datas building blocks for a constantly renewed poetic language. For him, photography is a tool to create strange realities, to give birth to possible worlds. His digital approach allows him to stage data as well as the tangible world.
He received several prizes including Fondation HSBC for photography 2003, Rencontres d’Arles, 2005, Paris Photo, 2006, Arcimboldo 2009, Fondation Irène Reymond (2016), and published two books to date: Vous Êtes Ici (2003, Actes-Sud) and TV (2008, Hatje Cantz). His images can be found in numerous public and private collections like Musée Nicéphore Niépce and Musée de l’Elysée or Fonds National pour l’Art Contemporain, France. He is a member of the European collective Piece of Cake.
Monuments / A series photo
To create these Black and White photographs, I use financial charts and statistics as basic shapes to produce photographic representations of global economic and ecological concerns. The charts have been modeled using a 3D software and integrated in landscapes I photographed. By turning these curves and sculptural shapes into massive constructions close to memorials or monumental sculptures, I intend to reach something beyond data. My purpose is to underline their fondamental link to landscape and thus, to human and natural history. I have been working on this project since 2005.