After studying cinema at the Sorbonne and training for three years in a still life photography studio, Benjamin Travade started working as a freelance photographer. He soon carried out his first assignments, while cultivating a personal aesthetic focused on nature and his contemplative connection to it.
His delicate and intimate creations are an invitation to journey and meditation.
Recalling frail, hanging moments where time stands still, these photographs act as memories which give permanency to the ongoing scene.
Benjamin Travade uses traditional silver gelatin printing, before toning his images with black tea. The warm shades of the Baryta paper and the depth of these black and white photos give them a sensual and nostalgic quality.
This exhibition is an opportunity to create a dialogue between photography and the Galerie Arenthon's collection. During a month, pages of books written and illustrated by major artists of the 20th century (Pablo Picasso, István Hajdu, Joan Miro, Eugene Guillevic and more) are taken out of context and posted up on the walls.
Creative hangings and associations make these excerpts resonate with Benjamin Travade's photographs, mirroring one another’s light and becoming part of the stories the spectators are suggested to write here and now.
As a mark of its revival, the Galerie Arenthon inaugurates a series of photographs and contemporary arts exhibitions.
Dedicated to engravings, lithographs and modern illustrated books, the gallery alternately gives various artists and curators the chance of exploring their collections to find echoes in other present works.
For the first dialogue, Julie Chazelle, publishing graphic designer and curator, invites photographer Benjamin Travade. Together, they explored the Arenthon resources and selected pieces of work reflecting the images of the photographer through text or composition.