Franck Bohbot's Portfolio

SWIMMING POOL, Paris, 2013-2016

"I am facinated by water, the way it interacts with people and their built environment - FB "

Swimming pool series serves as a typological map of the photographer’s hometown of Paris, tracing the aesthetic contours of the public swimming pool from one end of the city to the other, from turn of the century futurist stylings to minimalist modern designs. A sociological and artistic exploration of this democratic space of leisure, the series celebrates the presence of these aquatic oases in a land-locked metropolis and asks what a place of play becomes once its players leave. In each brightly lit space encompassing a unique convergence of air and water, the absence of human activity assumes a distinct presence; the stillness reverberates, the silence echoes. The interiors are at once familiar and unfamiliar, their ordinary and utilitarian qualities transformed after hours into something far more dreamily cinematic, abound in hypnotic symmetries, and chlorinated blues of every shade.

Text by Elizabeth Breiner.

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