Franck Bohbot was Born in 1980 in Longjumeau, south Paris, France. Self taught photographer he 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. Although he turned his focus fully to photography in 2008, beginning his career as a unit still photographer on short film sets, the formal and aesthetic influences of the cinematographic form unsurprisingly continue to underlie hispresent work. Bohbot’s photographic 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 fromfigures as diverse as Jeff Wall, Luigi Ghirri, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Hopper, 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 aswhat is there within the frame. Rendering public spaces, street scenes, and architectural sites of interest in his distinctive painterly 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 timecapsule.
His work has received widespread critical acclaim, and has appeared in a range of international publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Wired, or Vogue. Awards include the 2013 International Photography Award for Swimming Pool and the 2014 Archifoto Prize for Chinatown. In 2013, Bohbot was commissioned by the Musée du Louvre to photograph their gallery interiors, later in the same year, he began his nocturnal exploration of New York, Light On.
Begins the Cinema series, his photographic homage to the movies in 2014. The natural place to begin was Hollywood, which by the 1910s had become the center of the burgeoning global film industry. The same year his series ‘Cuts’ Portraits of NYC Barbershops were published in the Sunday Edition of the New York Times in print on November, 2014.
His Chinatown series was exhibited in the group show ‘Les Couleurs de l’Architecture’ (‘The Colours of Architecture’) at La Chambre gallery in Strasbourg, France in 2014, and in 2015 as part of a collaboration with the British designer Paul Smith, he received a solo show of his series Swimming Pool at the Paul Smith Space Gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo. In the same year, he began two new series, one on the streets of Tokyo and another entitled I Am An Actor, about the divide between struggling actors’ professional passion and daily reality. In 2016 his Monograph, Light On was published by teNeues publishing. Franck lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his beautiful wife Katia and daughter Clara.
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2017 Behance Pop-Up Gallery at Red Bull Arts New York.
2016 C40 Mayors Summit, Lucie Fondation, Mexico City.
2015 Centre d'art contemporain André-Malraux, Colmar.
2015 La Nef, Wissembourg, France.
2015 New York Stories, United Photo Industries, Manhattan.
2015 "The Net" German Museum of Technology, Berlin, Germany.
2015 “Swimming Pool" at Paul Smith Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 “The colours of Architecture”, La Chambre, Strasbourg.
2014 "ASMP at American Institute of Architects (AIA), Chicago.
2014 “PROOF’s Aunction & Exhibition”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NYC.
2014 “Affordable Art Fair on Hamstead Heath”, Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery, London.
2013 Winner IPA, during MOPLA at the Loft at Liz's, Los Angeles.
2014 “International Photography Annual”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati.
2012 “Urban Photo Winners” Paris City Hall XII ème arrondissement.
2012 “Récit de gare” Maison de l’Architecture, Paris.
2012 “Rendez-vous image” Le Palais des congrès, Strasbourg.
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)
Vogue: Apr 30, 2017 - A Look Inside Midsummer Night’s Anime Decor
D La Republicca: 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
Telerama: Bons Baisers de Little Odessa La Petite Russie de James Gray, April 02, 2016, Written by Laurent Rigoulet
Konbini: 8 sept. 2016, I Am An Actor.
Vice: 18 mars 2016. Comediens à temps partiel. Text by Marie Fantozzi
Aston Martin Magazine: Shelf Life, December, 2015
L'Obs: 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
LIGHT ON NEW YORK CITY
By Franck Bohbot Published by teNeues, 2016. ISBN ISBN 978-3-8327-3443-5.
NEW YORK ON & OFF
By Franck Bohbot Published by YellowKorner éditions, 2014. ISBN 978-2-919469-45-1
LAST STOP CONEY ISLAND
By Franck Bohbot Published by Franck Bohbot Studios 2014. ISBN 978-1320230506
L'ART DU CINEMA
By Jean-Michel Frodon Published by Citadelles et Mazenod 2014. ISBN 978-2850885938