Leon, Elvis festival, Porthcawl Wales
Leon, Elvis festival, Porthcawl Wales, 2013
C-print, 50 x 50 cm
Edition 4/5 + 2 AP
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Clémentine Schneidermann (b. 1991 FR) portrays common people trying to escape their, usually trivial, daily life. She conveys their poetical and intimate moments in the photographs, insisting on that there is luring small and flaky stories under the surface of every subject. It appears in the melancholic expressions of the extravagantly dressed Elvis fans from all over the world, that she captures in the project “I called her Lisa-Marie”. Or in the series “Le grand silence”, in which she photographs her brother’s new life in Southern France, where he lives as a shepherd, having left his family and life in Paris behind.
The scenes are mysterious and almost surreal, though just simply portraying common characters, who customarily can seem estranged, but in Schneidermann’s photographs appears incredibly present.
Recently, Schneidermann graduated as master in documentary photography from University of South Wales, New Port. As young as 17 year old, she started her photography career by moving to Switzerland to study at the applied art school of Vevey. She has won numerous awards and has been envisioned as one of our period’s most talented young photographers by New York Times. She has worked on projects in Spain, Greece, Germany, England and USA, and lives and travels currently between Wales and Paris.