Gallery 22 Contemporary

Alain Schwarzstein

photographic artist

I have been shooting TV movies for 25 years and photography for 40 years.

I have always been fascinated by faces and bodies. And nothing else. Child or old man or woman, woman or man, in tags or in the flesh, I repeat the same image, in multiple incarnations, without ever going around it. Happy in the studio, lost outdoors, I think I capture in the gaze offered – or masked – an emotion whose nature I do not know and do not understand the reason. Sometimes the picture is good, I know that “it passes”.

“Ghost in street art” series

A ruined building was in the countryside, an old nightclub. It was a gigantic thing, mixing neo-Gothic and ancient Egypt, in a hazardous pastiche. The building was covered with tags, which as the weeks went by disappeared under other tags. I often walked around this building photographing these ephemeral paintings. It was deserted, impressive, the cardboard paste and the walls of guingois evoking to me the silence of the end of the shooting, when the team left, and that the decorations break down even before they were dismantled. I have written other famous shadows in these shadows.

works for sale by Alain Schwarzstein