Emmanuel Monzon is a talented French photographer, visual and plastic artist, who currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. Emmanuel received his degree from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. He shoots a lot of minimalist, landscapes, urban and industrial photography. Through his work, Monzon explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. Emmanuel has exhibited his works mainly in France (Paris), Singapore, USA (Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Portland), China (Hong Kong), and has also participated in several arts fairs and collective exhibitions. “I’ve always been fascinated by images, be they from photography, cinema, advertising, TV shows,” he says. “However, I am above all a plastic/visual artist (beaux-arts, Paris France). I started with painting (specializing in drawings and pastel colors).”
When a banal landscape presents itself, I try to photography it like a romantic painting: zero effects, no amplitude, nothing huge.
My work focuses primarily on the idea of urban sprawling and the urban expansion of its periphery. I photographs urban banality as though it were a romantic painting, trying only to be “stronger than this big nothing” in controlling the space by framing the subject. My aesthetic of the banal obeys its own rules: a ban on living objects, a precise geometrical organization, and the revelation of a specific physical and mental landscape blurring the lines between city and suburb, between suburb and countryside, a process that results in an independent identity. This aesthetic of the emptiness in my photographic work attempts to understand our current environment.
Emmanuel Monzon does not uses photography software, no Photoshop, no Lightroom, just the basics of balance and colors.