Born in France (1980), photographer Franck Bohbot moved to New York City in 2013. He is a documentarian with an eye for the theatrical who found his way to photography by way of cinema, and although he turned his focus fully to photography in 2008, the formal and aesthetic influences of the cinematographic form continue to underlie his present work. Bohbot’s work inhabits a space between reality and fantasy, documenting and storytelling, every frame – to borrow a phrase from Nan Goldin – like a still from a nonexistent film.
Bohbot frequently takes a formal, typological approach to crafting visual narratives, highlighting the surreal symmetries of our constructed worlds and capturing the poetry of everyday places with a unique attentiveness to the interplay of light and color. His work is highly distinctive, he employs the latter two elements as tools of nostalgia, exploring loss and obsolescence by crafting images that are as much about what is invisible or lacking as what is there within the frame. Rendering public spaces, street scenes, and architectural sites of interest in his distinctive muted palette, he documents inanimate structures with all the sensitivity of a human portrait, as though constructing an imaginary archive of social spaces for a post-apocalyptic time capsule.
His work has received widespread critical acclaim, and has appeared in major international publications including The New York Times Magazine, Wired, New York Magazine, The Financial Times, The Independent, Corriere Della Sera and has collaborated with The Louvre Museum, Designer Paul Smith and Nike. Awards include the 2013 International Photography Award for ‘Swimming Pool’ and the 2014 Archifoto Prize for ‘Chinatown'.