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Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French photographer, born in Gap in 1976, currently living in Switzerland. He graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France (FR) and from the photography at the Photography School of Vevey, (CH). Switzerland. His work uses landscapes, architecture and datas building blocks for a constantly renewed poetic language. For him, photography is a tool to create strange realities and to give birth to possible new worlds. His digital approach allows him to stage data as well as the tangible world. He finds his inspiration in the landscapes surrounding him as well as in the digital environments he likes to explore.
In spring 2017 Mathieu shot photographs at Hager Group locations in Blieskastel and Obernai. Some of these photos became part of his Transform series and digitally transformed during his workflow. The key visual for this year’s New Year’s card is part of this series.
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond: “Transform is created from images of architectural structures and sites related to production in a large broad sense. My photographs are going through several stages of mutations from documentary images to restructured compositions and finally abstract views. In this last stage of their evolution, the photographic origins of the images remains undoubtedly visible, but their true nature also reflects other practices.
My industrial views are thus transformed into troubling poetic compositions embedded with figurative remains of the original photograph. Exhibitions of this works usually challenge the space as a custom- made installation bringing together these various stages in the form of superimposed layers of images.”
Mathieu has received several prizes (Fondation HSBC for photography 2003, Rencontres d’Arles 2005, Paris-Photo 2006, Arcimboldo 2009, Fondation Irène Raymond 2016), and has 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 (FR), Musée de l’Elysée or Fonds National pour l’Art Contemporain (FR). He is a member of the European collective Piece of Cake and teaches photography at the Iinfographics Aatelier in Vvevey.