Franck Bohbot is a visual artist, Self-Taught french photographer and filmmaker based in New York City.
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.
He has drawn artistic inspiration from figures as diverse as Jeff Wall, Stanley Kubrick, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Hopper, Luigi Ghirri, William Eggleston, and Martin Scorsese.
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. 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.
He works mostly between New York, Paris and Los angeles.
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Apr 30, 2017
D LA REPUBBLICA
March 24 2017 - Dialoguo sulla bellezza
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST August 19, 2016 - See the Eerie Beauty of New York City at Night, written by Lindsey Mather.
L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Little Odessa, June 22, 2016
Bons Baisers de Little Odessa La Petite Russie de James Gray, April 02, 2016, Written by Laurent Rigoulet
8 sept. 2016, I Am An Actor.
VICE / CREATOR PROJECT
18 mars 2016. Comediens à temps partiel. Text by Marie Fantozzi
ASTON MARTIN MAGAZINE Shelf Life, December, 2015
I Am An Actor, Nov 28, 2015
New York Magazine: How to Spend Time Alone in New York, Jul 29, 2015
The New York Times Magazine: Power in Numbers, July, 16, 2015
D La Repubblica: I Am An Actor, November, 2015
The New York Times: A Shave and a Haircut, Cuts Series written by Mosi Secret , October, 31, 2014
Design Boom: Franck bohbot's cinematic photos of new york form a sentimental study of storefronts march 31, 2016
Phaidon: A still-image celebration of golden-age cinemas
National Geographic: A Night at the Cinema: Reviving the Glamour of Old Hollywood, June 29, 2015
CNN: The Lights of New York City nights, June 15, 2015
Ideat : Swimming Pool, August, 2015
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Cinema, Foto Talbeau, September, 2015
Sotheby's Magazine: New York, The Next Level, October 08, 2015
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Franck Bohbot's 'Light On' in Neue Zurcher Zeitung, June 2015
Hypebeast: Franck Bohbot's House of Books, Janvier, 2015
New York Magazine: Photography for the annual year-end “Reasons To Love New York” issue December, 2014
Wired: Eerie Film Noir Scenes Captured on the Street of NYC’s Chinatown written by Doug Bierend, July, 21, 2014
Gizmodo: The many play areas nestled into New Yorks metropolis written by Michael Hession, January, 2015
The San Francisco Globe: House of Books series in the SF Globe January, 20, 2015
Aesthetica Magazine: Light in the shadows Issu 61, 6 pages, August, 2014
Cnn International: Franck Bohbot's new series take us back to cinema's golden age, written by Milena Veselinovic July, 20, 2014
The New York Daily News: Stunning photos of old movies theaters February, 25, 2014
Fast Company: Back To The Golden Age of Cinema, Written Carey Dunne, February, 21, 2014
Fast Company: Photographer captures the ghostly architecture of paris's swimming pools written by Sami Medina August 27, 2013
The Huffington Post: Franck Bohbot transforms the Brooklyn landmark into a mysterious and isolated dreamland December, 05, 2013
Vogue: Photography for Vogue.com (Piscine Pontoise) written by Julie Bramowitz, September 25, 2013
The Huffington Post Art & Culture: The Hypnotic Architecture Of Empty Swimming Pools August, 20, 2013
The Huffington Post Art & Culture: Franck Bohbot's 'Jour De Fete' collection captures whimsy of parisian fair June, 22, 2012
The Independent: Introducing Franck Bohbot's House of Books project written by Jess Denham January, 05, 2015
The BBC: French photographer elevates the spaces to become palaces of knowledge written by Fiona Macdonald January, 07, 2015
The Financial Times: Pyramid selling, House & Home written by Abigail Fielding Smith, August, 23, 2014
The Daily Mail: Inside Americas gloriously ornate Cinema written Sara Malm, February, 06, 2014
Business Insider: New Photo Series Captures Barbers In Their Shops, December, 2014
Premiere: (Fluctuat) Franck Bohbot rend hommage aux temples du savoir par Adrian De San Isidoro, January 13, 2015
Konbini: Franck Bohbot Photographs The Decline Of The ‘Boardwalk Empire’ In Atlantic City, January, 2015
Télérama: Télérama parle du projet "House of Books" en court de production, January 12, 2015
Fubiz: New-York Light On Franck Bohbot nous plonge dans un univers nocturne et singular, December, 2014
Les Inrocks: "Barbershop from New York City" + Interview par Mathilde Samama, November 19, 2014
Les Inrocks: Chinatown comme vous ne l'avez jamais vu + Interview par Caroline Debray, May 23, 2014
Les Inrocks: Terrains de basket de New-York transformés en nature morte + Interview par David Doucet, November 17, 2013
Metro News: Redécouvrez la beauté des piscines parisiennes, September, 09, 2013
Les Inrocks: Le photographe Franck Bohbot réhabilite les piscines parisiennes + Interview par David Doucet, August, 23, 2013
Vice, The Creator Project: 6 photographers who feature gravity defying subjects , Jul, 12, 2012, written by Kevin Holmes
La Repubblica: NYC i barbieri nel loro regno: i saloni a cura di Eleonora Giovinazzo November, 29, 2014
Domus: Respect The Architect Series by Franck Bohbot November, 26, 2014
Corriere della Sera: Il giro di New York nei suoi campi da basket January 24, 2014
Marie Claire: This Game We Play di Franck Bohbot, January, 2014
Konbini: Cinema Series, February, 2014
Konbini: Capturing The World’s Oldest And Grandest Libraries With Franck Bohbot, December, 2014
Le Musée Du Louvre
New York Magazine
The New York Times
D La Repubblicca
El corriere della sera
2017 Behance Pop-Up Gallery, June 8, 2017 at Red Bull Arts New York
2016 C40 Mayors Summit, Lucie Fondation, Mexico City
2015 Exhibition Winners of the IAAP at Centre d'art contemporain André-Malraux, Colmar, France, October 10 to November 08
2015 Exhibition Winners of the IAAP at La Nef, Wissembourg, France, September 09 to october 10.
2015 New York Stories, Cuts, United Photo Industries, East River Ferry, July 27 to September 15
2015 Exhibition "The Net" German Museum of Technology, Berlin, Germany
2015 Exhibition “Swimming Pool, Paul Smith Space Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 Exhibition “The colours of Architecture”, La Chambre, Strasbourg, France.
2014 "ASMP Exhibition" American Institute of Architects (AIA), Chicago June.
2014 “PROOF’s Aunction & Exhibition”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA.
2014 “Affordable Art Fair on Hamstead Heath”, Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery, London, UK.
2013 " MOPLA, Month Of Photography Los Angeles", May 2013, One Shot Space, at the Loft at Liz's
2014 “International Photography Annual”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, USA.
2012 “Urban Photo” Paris City Hall XII ème arrondissement, Paris, France.
2012 “Récit de gare” Maison de l’Architecture, Paris, France.
2012 “Rendez-vous image” Le Palais des congrès, Strasbourg France.
2014 1st Place Archifoto International Awards of architectural photography (Chinatown)
2014 2nd Place Moscou Photo Awards (Cinema)
2014 2 Honorable mention International Photo Awards, Los Angeles (Chinatown & Cinema)
2014 Winner Third Prize PX3 Paris Photography Prize (This game we play)
2013 Winner 1st place International Photo Awards, Los Angeles (Swimming Pool)