Chéhère Laurent

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ABOUT

Laurent Chehere was born in 1972 in Paris into a creative family: his father was engaged in video making, mother — in painting. The area of interest and social circle of the parents helped Scheer to plunge into the cultural environment from childhood. At a young age, he became a famous advertising photographer. When the stage of commercial photography was passed, Chehere began to develop in a different direction and devoted himself to high photography. The photographer now lives in Menilmontant, a famous international district of the French capital. This area serves as a source of inspiration for him: it was there that he discovered his passion for travel, people and stories from all over the world.

It was in and around Paris that the «Flying houses» series was born, reflecting the poetic vision of the city. The floating houses, taken from the slender and austere ensemble of Parisian streets, have been transformed into independent artistic images, each of which carries particular cultural signs as starting points for a spiritual journey. Photos are elaborate photomontages, the result of thoughtful and meticulous work. The author selects various elements and details, photographed many times at the same angle and at a particular hour, to then combine them into one structure. The features of the building — an antenna, windows, a sign with the name of the street or the house itself, graffiti on the walls — under the virtuoso control of the photographer, begin to talk about Paris, who is now or lost, which is so close to the author himself. Deprived of «obligations», houses open their doors to the viewer and invite them to take a journey through space and time.

Laurent Chehere’s works are known all over the world and are actively involved in international fairs and exhibitions. Kehrer Editions has published a book of photographs by the author as part of the Paris Photo 2018 fair.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Emoi Photographique Festival, Musée d’Angoulême, Angouleme, France

2016
Nordic Tales, Kirkkopopuisto Photo annual, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland

2015
«Flying Houses of Laurent Chehere», The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow