EMMANUEL MONZON

Biography

Short Bio

Emmanuel Monzon is a photographer and visual artist based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France with honors. His work has been featured throughout the US, Europe and Asia (through exhibitions, selections and various awards). Through his work, he explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. His photographic process is being influenced by his background as a plastic artist. Through my urban sprawl series, I want to photograph the in-between state found in the American landscape. So I capture places of transition, borders, passages from one world to another: am I leaving a city or entering a new environment?

STATEMENT PRESS:

"There are several common threads woven throughout Emmanuel’s photography. First, he only uses square frames to create a strong focus on the subject, and second, his photos always contain manmade structures or objects, but never any actual people. These two elements combine to cause viewers to perceive a deep void in the photos; an almost post-apocalyptic sense of isolation. By displaying structures humans built to serve their own needs, but in a rare state of absolute idleness, Emmanuel creates an eerily disconcerting environment. Looking at the photos, you can almost hear the chilly silence that’d accompany them." .Press.

In my artwork there is no judgment, no denunciation, only the picture itself. If I could sum up the common theme of my photos, it would be about emptiness, about silence. My pictures try to extract from the mundane urban landscape a form of estheticism. Where most people only pass through, I stop and look for some form of poetic beauty. I like repetition, I like series, and I like driving around.

https://www.lensculture.com/emmanuel-monzon Fine Art

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REVIEWS (SELECTION):

FEATURE SHOOT MAGAZINE

French photographer Emmanuel Monzon thinks living in the United States is like living inside a painting. In his meticulously crafted American scenes, all humans have vacated the premises, leaving behind only the background they once inhabited.

The Urban Sprawl photographs picture what the artist calls the “in-between” places on the outskirts of cities, mostly in the West. These sites are comparable to what the French anthropologist Marc Augé dubbed “non-places.” This isn’t a point on the map so much as it is the ambiguous gap separating point A from point B.

Monzon isn’t affected by the same sense of nostalgia that seems to drive so many photographers; he isn’t precious about his work, but he is painstaking and precise. His process is methodical, involving hours upon hours of driving, framing, shooting, and starting over from the beginning until everything is exactly right.

Patrick di Nola, when judging a contest for Life Farmer, wrote the following of Monzon’s images: “The blandness becomes vivid.” It’s true; in these square frames, the mundane glitters.

Monzon is serious about not projecting his emotions onto these manmade landscapes— “In my artwork there is no judgment,” he writes— but the great paradox of his work lies in the fact that the pictures are somehow filled with feeling.

The photographer says the theme that binds his images is their “emptiness.” What is absent matters just as much as what’s present, but that doesn’t mean the pictures are lonely, though they have often been described as such. No, for those who dare to find it, there’s genuine surprise and delight to be found in the void, and that’s what makes Urban Sprawl so special.

LIFE FRAMER

what Patrick di Nola (Head of Reportage at Getty Images and Co-Founder and Director of Verbatim Agency) and the Life Framer team:

Emmanuel shows a mastery in framing – each element of the image is perfectly weighted to produce a balanced, assured composition. Paired with muted tones it makes for an aesthetically rich image. The blandness becomes vivid. There’s also something in its subject matter – it conjures thoughts of our need to tame the harshest of environments; to build walls and contain nature into neat pockets. It’s bleak in its emptiness. A suburban scene, sculpted by man, but completely uninhabitable.

SON OF A GUN MAGAZINE:

“What I love about Emmanuel Monzon’s photography is his ability to capture a sense of absolute emptiness in an environment that was built for heavy use. Signs of life but not a soul in sight. I challenge you not to stare deeper in to each image, desperate to find a human being – it’s like eating a sugar-coated donut without licking your lips – it is impossible not to. We are featuring images from Emmanuel’s ongoing Urban Sprawl series including new images from Los Cabos and Ellensburg. The series seeks to explore those transitional spaces where cities become suburbs and suburbs become open country all the while finding beauty in the emptiness. Enjoy…”

GUP MAGAZINE

by Katherine Oktober Matthews - Chief Editor

Here’s what the team had to say about your image: “This is a tightly composed image – the photographer spotting the tonal harmony and clean, organised geometry of this urban highway scene. It’s another great example of the beauty in the banal that photographers such as Sinziana Velicescu and Guillaume Tomasi are building a name creating. Why it works so well though is that there is more than just an aesthetic pull. The photographer presents us with nothing that isn’t man-made, and strips the scene completely of the human life it has been built for (even the advertising billboard is blank). The result is, in our view, a comment on the futility of our existence, and elevates above simply a pretty image into something much more interesting”.

WOBNEB MAGAZINE

Monzon’s images are often shot at a low perspective right off the ground. This approach gives the viewer a fresh take on how we observe the world around us; buildings, cars, even the sidewalk that is flatly underfoot takes on depth and scale not seen otherwise. This is one of the strengths in Monzon’s work that gives a new perspective at what we often overlook.

SHUTTERS IN THE NIGHT MAGAZINE

There are several common threads woven throughout Emmanuel’s photography. First, he only uses square frames to create a strong focus on the subject, and second, his photos always contain manmade structures or objects, but never any actual people. These two elements combine to cause viewers to perceive a deep void in the photos; an almost post-apocalyptic sense of isolation. By displaying structures humans built to serve their own needs, but in a rare state of absolute idleness, Emmanuel creates an eerily disconcerting environment. Looking at the photos, you can almost hear the chilly silence that’d accompany them.

PUBLICATIONS:

2017: PUBLICATION: FEATURE SHOOT MAGAZINE-HAUNTING VISIONS OF THE SPRAWLING AMERICAN WEST

2017: PUBLICATION: DODHO MAGAZINE: EMPTINESS-SPAIN

2017: PUBLICATION: VOGUE MAGAZINE: PHOTOVOGUE-PORTFOLIO-ITALY

2017: PUBLICATION: SHUTTERS IN THE NIGHT MAGAZINE-EXPLORING URBAN SPRAWL

2017: PUBLICATION: NEW LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY-NY

2016: PUBLICATION: PHOTOGRIST PHOTO MAGAZINE-MINIMALISTE LANDSCAPE

2016: PHOTO ART MAGAZINE:URBAN SPRAWL

2016: PUBLICATION: PHROOM MAGAZINE

2016: PUBLICATION: SON OF A GUN MAGAZINE-EDITORIAL: URBAN SPRAWL BY EMMANUEL MONZON-AUSTRALIA

2016: PUBLICATION: MAJESTIGAL MAGAZINE-EMPTINESS-LONDON

2016: PUBLICATION: KEEN ON MAGAZINE-ISSUE ATTENTION- EMPTINESS SERIE AND ABOUT THE NIGHT

2016: PUBLICATION: DION YS US MAGAZINE- EMPTINESS

2016: PUBLICATION: POOL RESOURCES MAGAZINE-URBAN SPRAWL SERIES II

2016: PUBLICATION: WOBNEB MAGAZINE-An online magazine featuring contemporary photography- BY CARY BENBOW:THE UNCOMMONLY COMMON PHOTOS OF EMMANUEL MONZON

2016: PUBLICATION: FLOAT PHOTO MAGAZINE

2016: PUBLICATION: PEACH ESTATE

2016: PUBLICATION: FLOAT PHOTO MAGAZINE

2016:PUBLICATION: OPEN DOORS

2016: PUBLICATION: FISHEYE MAGAZINE- CATEGORY: COUP DE CŒUR-FRANCE

2016: POOL RESOURCES MAGAZINE ABOUT EMPTINESS SERIE

2016: PUBLICATION: MUSEE MAGAZINE NEW YORK- ABOUT EXHIBITION AT VIRIDIAN GALLERY –NY

FEATURED 2017: FEATURE SHOOT MAGAZINE-AINT BAND MAGAZINE–DODHO MAGAZINE-LEKKER MAGAZINE-VOGUE MAGAZINE: PHOTOVOGUE-BOY HILL- LIBERATION: mentioned by Vincent Delerm-BOY-HILL-RENTAL MAGAZINE– 2016: : NOICE MAGAZINE-PARADISE MAGAZINE- FEATURE SHOOT MAGAZINE-SOUNDVISION MAGAZINE-BROAD MAGAZINE-VERY BUSY MAGAZINE (SIDNEY)-DARK ROOM SEVILLA-FAX MAGAZINE-PAMPLE-MOUSSE MAGAZINE- OUR MAGAZINE-PAPER MEMORY MAGAZINE-LOV LAB PLATFORM-ASYMMETRIC MAGAZINE-POOL RESOURCES-HUMBLE ARTS FOUNDATION-FLOAT PHOTO MAGAZINE-PEACH ESTATE-TAKE MAGAZINE-VOGUE MAGAZINE: PHOTOVOGUE-BOY HILL- LIBERATION: mentioned by Vincent Delerm-BOY-HILL-RENTAL MAGAZINE- NOICE MAGAZINE-LIVE FRAMER-PHROOMMAGAZINE-PARADISE -CURATOR IG: VALERIE TIMMERMANS.

AWARDS:

2017: USA-RAYKO PHOTO CENTER-SF: AWARD- TOP PRIZE-POST PRESENCE

2017: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –HONORABLE MENTION-PROFESSIONAL-FINE ART-OPEN THEME

2017: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –HONORABLE MENTION 2017: USA-LIFE FRAMER: BEST NINE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2016 LIFE FRAMER

2016: NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS-CATEGORY PROFESSIONAL-FINE ART: OPEN THEME- 2ND –SILVER STAR AWARD

JURORS: F-STOP MAGAZINE- DODHO MAGAZINE- SUSAN SPIRITUS GALLERY-TOKYO ARTS GALLERY-FEATURE SHOOT MAGAZINE-ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY MAG

2016: ARSLANT AWARDS: 9TH 2016 ARTSLANT PRIZE SHOWCASE WINNER-NY

2016: NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS-FINE ART: HONORABLE MENTION

2016: 9TH EDITION OF THE POLLUX AWARDS-FINALIST-JURY: EDITOR BERLIN PHOTO BIENNALE-UK

2016: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 2015/2016-SILVER AWARD-OPEN THEME-LONDON

2016: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –SILVER AWARD-OPEN THEME 2015-LONDON

2016: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –HONORABLE MENTION- CITYSCAPES 2015-LONDON

2015: ART FORWARD INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS-PHOTOGRAPHY- BRONZE AWARD

2015 USA-MY ART MY VISION-2015-JUROR: CRISTA DIX –DIRECTOR WALL SPACE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY- CA

2015: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014/2015-INTERNATIONAL CONTEST- HONORABLE MENTION- LONDON

2015: ART FORWARD INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS-PHOTOGRAPHY- BRONZE AWARD 2015- JUROR: JENNIFER SCHLESINGER, VERGE GALLERY. CA- USA

EXHIBITIONS//SELECTIONS:

SCHEDULED:

2017: ITALIE- TORINO- PRIVATEVIEW GALLERY

2017: USA-THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY- FORT COLLINS –CO- C4FAP-SELECTION PORTFOLIO-Curator: Hannah Friezer Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW).

2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: Annual Berlin Exhibition

2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: featured in The Independent Photographer 2017 Talent of the Year photobook.

2017: HONK-KONG- CHARBON ART-SPACE-ENTERTHEVOID- SOLO SHOW

2017: USA-BLACK BOX GALLERY: SELECTION/EXHIBITION-BLACK AND WHITE 2017-PR

2017: SELECTION: LENSCULTURE EXPOSURE AWARDS 2017:–top-rated entries.

2017: ITALY- VOGUE MAGAZINE-PHOTOVOGUE-PORTFOLIO-Italy

2017: THE INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER: SELECTION FINALISTS-OPEN CALL-JUROR: Loulou D’Aki.

2017: USA-RAYKO PHOTO CENTER: SELECTION//EXHIBITION- POST-PRESENCE: JUROR: PHROOM MAGAZINE/NOICE MAGAZINE-SF

2016: USA-LIFE FRAMER: BEST NINE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2016 LIFE FRAMER

2016: USA-LACDA SALON ELECTRON-LA

2016: USA-SELECTION: LIFE FRAMER “SIX CONTINENTS”- Judged by Patrick di Nola, Head of Reportage at Getty Images and Co-Founder and Director of Verbatim Agency

2016: USA- TAKEOVER BY PHROOMMAGAZINE: URBAN SPRAWL

2016: USA-SELECTION: LENSCULTURE EXPOSURE AWARDS 2017-OFFICIAL ENTRY

2016: USA-SELECTION-FEATURESHOOT MAGAZINE: 2nd PRINT SWAP 2016-founder Alison Zavos / Ken Allen Studio.

2016: USA- VIRIDIAN GALLERY-FROM VIRTUAL TO ACTUAL 5- NY

2016: USA- PHOTOPLACE GALLERY-A SENSE OF PLACE-JUROR: JANE FULTON-VT

2016: USA- MULTIPLE EXPOSURES GALLERY: PHOTO`16- JUROR: SAM ABELL-DC

2016: USA- TAKEOVER BY POOL RESOURCES MAGAZINE: URBAN SPRAWL II

2016: USA- LACDA-ELECTRON SALON-GUN CONTROL –LOS ANGELES- CA

2016: USA- PHOTOPLACE GALLERY-MAN IN LANDSCAPE-JUROR: BRETT ERICKSON-VT

2016: USA-SELECTION: LENSCULTURE EXPOSURE AWARDS 2017-OFFICIAL ENTRY

2016: USA-SELECTION-FEATURESHOOT MAGAZINE: 2nd PRINT SWAP 2016-founder Alison Zavos / Ken Allen Studio.

2016: USA- VIRIDIAN GALLERY-FROM VIRTUAL TO ACTUAL 5- NY

2016: USA- PHOTOPLACE GALLERY-A SENSE OF PLACE-JUROR: JANE FULTON-VT

2016: USA- MULTIPLE EXPOSURES GALLERY: PHOTO`16- JUROR: SAM ABELL-DC

2016: USA- TAKEOVER BY POOL RESOURCES MAGAZINE: URBAN SPRAWL II

2016: USA- LACDA-ELECTRON SALON –LOS ANGELES- CA

2016: USA- PHOTOPLACE GALLERY-MAN IN LANDSCAPE-JUROR: BRETT ERICKSON-VT

2016: PORTFOLIO LENSCULTURE-top-rated entries in the Magnum Photography Awards 2016

2016: USA- BLACK BOX GALLERY-COLOR BURST EXHIBITION-OR

2016: LIFE FRAMER SELECTION OPEN CALL HONORARY MENTION-JUROR:by Katherine Oktober Matthews -the Chief Editor for GUP Magazine

2016: USA- PHOTOPLACE GALLERY: BLACK AND WHITE 2016

2016: LACDA- LOS ANGELES

2016: USA- DAVE BOWN PROJECT-12th Semiannual Competition

2016: LENSCULTURE & MAGNUM AWARDS 2016: EDITOR`CHOICE-MAGNUM

2016: USA-THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY- FORT COLLINS –CO- C4FAP- OPEN THEME- CURATOR: ALINE SMITHSON-PHOTOGRAPHER AND FOUNDER OF, LENSCRATCH-

2016: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –SILVER AWARD-OPEN THEME 2015-LONDON

2016: USA- BLACK BOX GALLERY-LANDSCAPE-OR

2016 : USA- LACDA-ELECTRON SALON –LOS ANGELES- CA

2016: USA- VIRIDIAN GALLERY-NEW YORK -2 7TH INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION-CURATOR: TUMELO MOSAKA-SELECTED BY CURATOR AND DIRECTOR CHOICE

2016: ENGLAND-TAKEOVER BY OPEN DOORS MAGAZINE-LONDON

2016: USA- JULES MAEGHT GALLERY-SAN FRANCISCO-PHOTO.COM AWARDS 2016-CA

2016: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR –HONORABLE MENTION- CITYSCAPES 2015-LONDON

2016: USA- SOUTHEAST CENTER PHOTOGRAPHY-ON THE ROAD-CURATOR: DOUG BEASLEY

2016: USA- BLACK BOX GALLERY – PORTLAND-OR - TAKING PICTURES-

2016: USA- VIRIDIAN GALLERY- NY -Internal Politics: Great Expectations”

2016: USA-LACDA – LA-CA -RAW-

2016: USA- THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY—CO -C4FAP-Night-Curator: Sean Corcoran

2016: USA- BLACK BOX GALLERY- Portland-OR - Black and White 2016-Curator: John Johnson –

2016 USA-LACDA- Los Angeles -CA- Center Digital Art-INT-SALON ELECTRON

2015 USA-GALLERY 110- Seattle-WA -`Small Works-

2015 USA: Center Digital Art- Los Angeles ca - INT-SALON ELECTRON

2015 USA: DAVE BOWN PROJECTS PHOTO 2015 - New York - curated by Brian Paul Clamp, Director, Gallery ClampArt; Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago.

2015 USA: LACDA-Los Angeles -CA- Center Digital Art-INT-SALON ELECTRON

2015 FRANCE: THE FIFTH ANNUAL EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD-INTERNATIONAL CONTEST- PARIS-- CANDID COLLECTION BOOK-LE LOUVRE-

2015 USA: A SMITH GALLERY- -TX- “STILL”-PHOTOGRAPHY- JURIED BY KATE BREAKEY

2015 USA: LACDA-Los Angeles -CA - Center Digital Art-INT-SALON ELECTRON

2015 USA: VIRIDIAN ARTISTS GALLERY- NEW YORK-NY: “DIRECTOR’ CHOICE”

2015 USA: GALLERY RYAN JAMES- SEATTLE-WA - SOLO SHOW “URBAN SPRAWL”

2015 USA: 4TH ANNUEL J.H PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION-EXPERIMENTAL/ABSTRACT- -WY- INT JUROR: RAMAK FAZEL, KAROLINA KARLIC (Guggenheim Fellowship)

2015 USA: A SMITH GALLERY - TX “H20”- JURIED BY S GAYLE STEVENS

2015 USA: NVAL INTERNATIONAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW- -SEATTLE-WA- JURIED BY: THOM SEMPERE (SF.MOMA)

2015 USA:GALLERY 110 –“OUTSIDE LOOKING IN”

2015 USA: PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER OF CAPE COD- - MA- “FLUENT IN PHOTOGRAPHY”-JURIED BY: CALEB COLE

2015 CHINA: GALLERY TUYING – HONG KONG - PHOTOGRAPHY-

2015 USA: GALLERY BLACK BOX – PORTLAND – OR- “BLACK AND WHITE”- PHOTOGRAPHY - JURIED BY: CHRIS BENNETT

2015 USA: GALLERY 110 - SEATTLE-WA- “POLICE AT WORK” –PHOTOGRAPHY

2014 USA: GALLERY 110 - “TOY” 2014 USA: GALLERY 110 –SOLO SHOW “A YEARNING FOR THE EMPTINESS”- PHOTOGRAPHY 2014 USA: GALLERY 110 - “REFLECTIONS”- PHOTOGRAPHY 2014 USA: GALLERY 110- “WHITE” 2013 USA: GALLERY 110- “DESCRIPTIONS” 2013 USA: GALLERY 110- “PAPER TRAILS”-SEATTLE 2013 USA: GALLERY 110 “THE OTHER GUN SHOW”-SEATTLE 2013 USA: GALLERY RYAN JAMES -SEATTLE 2012 USA: GALLERY 110- “BOXISM” 2012 USA: GALLERY 110 -“NEW BLOOD”

2011 SINGAPORE: GALLERY ARTATTACK “IPOD” 2011 SINGAPORE: OPERA GALLERY-ION “IPOD” 2010 SINGAPORE: OPERA GALLERY-ION 2009 SINGAPORE: OPERA GALLERY-ION “12 PIECES IPOD “ 2008 SINGAPORE: FORTH GALLERY-SOLO SHOW “REMIX”

2005 FRANCE: GALLERY LA BLANCHISSERIE “BEST OF “-PARIS 2002 FRANCE : GALLERY RDV-AUVERS SUR OISE 2000 FRANCE : GALLERY RDV-AUVERS SUR OISE 1998 FRANCE : GALLERY RDV-AUVERS SUR OISE 1998 FRANCE : GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA- PARIS - SOLO SHOW- « MANIPULATION » 1998 FRANCE : GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA-PARIS - OLO SHOW 1996 FRANCE : CENTRE CULTUREL SAINT-MANDE- « MYTHOLOGIE PERSONNELLE » 1995 FRANCE : GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA--PARIS - «LA GRANDE BOUFFE » 1994 FRANCE : ART FAIR-PARIS - « JEUNE PEINTURE » 1994 FRANCE : GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA--PARIS - « AUTOPSIE D’UN GALERISTE » 1994 FRANCE : GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA--PARIS - « EN FRANÇAIS DANS LE TEXTE » 1993 FRANCE: GALLERY ATTIA BOUSBAA--PARIS - “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”-PARIS 1993 FRANCE: ART FAIR- -MONTROUGE - 38TH SALON ART CONTEMPORARY OF MONTROUGE 1993 FRANCE: CENTRE CULTUREL CLAVEL-PARIS 1992 FRANCE: GALLERY FARIS-SOLO SHOW-PARIS

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