Bruno Palisson

Bruno Palisson

Photographer

It was with a 'Goldy' Box camera, a gift from his father, that Bruno Palisson took his first photographs at the age of 10. Throughout his adolescence, he asserted himself through this medium, setting up a freelance practice at the age of 17. Three years later he began a professional career as an architectural photographer, working for agencies and magazines. At the same time, he was studying for a degree in architecture and in 1994, with his colleague Jean-Luc Calligaro, he founded the architecture agency Atelier PO & PO in Paris. In 1997 he represented the company Polaroïd in France for the brand's 50th anniversary and in 1999, he co-directed an artistic campaign for the candy brand Cachous Lajaunie as part of a collective.
Bruno Palisson, photographer and architect, has exhibited at a variety of prestigious art fairs. In 2019 he exhibited at the Voies Off des Rencontres Internationales d'Arles and was published in specialised magazines such as L'Œil de la Photographie, Fisheye and Chroniques d'Architecture. In 2020 the artist participated in the Festival les Focales du Pays d’Auge in Honfleur, in a collective exhibition at the gallery La Fabrique Contemporaine in Paris and was selected by the magazine Openeye for a virtual exhibition in collaboration with the Laboratoire Picto.

In Our Intimate Moments
In this series, my objective was to freeze time in order to capture its emotional dimension. Indeed, our relationship with time, the wounds of our past, the illusions of our future, the fears that each situation can resurrect have made me want to share the hope that these photographs represent.
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Peripheral Visions
Moving from reality to fiction, the series Peripheral Visions is the continuity of my Landscapes of Highways series, which laid the ground for a certain, enigmatic darkness. A ring of tension without human care, filled with pollution, a product of our existence… And yet, this giant merry-go-round unravels before our eyes into a cinematographic urban scene, in its fascinating, perpetual movement.
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From the Earth to the Moon
The series From the Earth to the Moon is a visual translation of the contemplation on the meaning of life. It is composed of fragments of landscapes, photographed in my most pensive moments, in order to capture the strength and beauty that nature represents. These images epitomise the search for a state of consciousness and the fusion of a timeless moment with the present moment: a shift towards the absence of thinking and instead, simply being. I walk from the earth to the moon, carried by the wings of the beauty of life, out of reach of the wounds of the past and concerns of the future.
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The Way of the Salt Worker
The series The Way of the Salt Worker is a tribute to the salt marsh worker, a profession linking man to the earth and the sea. Artists have documented the labour of the salt workers, with the same gestures, since the 14th century. It was the Benedictine monks who first worked the salt marshes in the 7th century.
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Train of Life
One day I took the train of life ...
I was between 8 and 10 years old and I had just received a circuit 24 as a Christmas present. The next day, after leaving my uncle and my grandmother, I returned from Lille by compartment train with my parents. It was from this train that my escapes started through the windows where I flew above these kinetic landscapes, as fast as the train since I had just received a racing circuit.
It is also the memory of our 8mm vacation films with my cousins ​​which irremediably emerge superimposed on these landscapes, a bit like a perfume that you smell again, and which brings you back to a specific person, a place or a memory, even a 40-year-old one. These jerky images with their distinctive colors were already a work of art in themselves.
These landscapes of passing trains captivate and transport me, like an endless film through which my memories unfold and are linked with the sensation that an instant lasts five minutes and that a few years pass in a minute. This ends up making me fall half asleep where I wander in dreams to which at one point I wake up, once again, to these threaded landscapes that pass by. 
 
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Délit de Fuite
“Pursued by the Thought Police, he took the ring road - not entirely deserted - so quickly that the flashlights could not reach him. His visions haunted him, he couldn't get rid of them. His thoughts banged dully in his head. He had broken all the rules.” -- Translated from the short story "Délit de Fuite" by Bruno Palisson 
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