ULTIMATE ARTIST: Emmanuel Monzon, photographer

Emmanuel Monzon steals in-between moments

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, says French-American photographer Emmanuel Monzon

Photography is a question of angle -from which angle will I choose to show what I see- and photography is a also a question of purpose -which visual argument will I choose for what I want to say?- For those two categories some photographers act as a witness of the scene they shoot like William Eggleston, some others like Gregory Crewdson re-create a fiction, some others create a narrative through a series, some others shift the scene they shoot into an abstract vision and so on…

And there is Emmanuel Monzon, who catches those “in-between moments”, the moment in a city or in the suburbs when the crowd left the scene, or before people invade the scene again like every ordinary days. It is that specific moment when the scene is at rest rejuvenating itself, and breathing at its own rhythm, independently from the humanity who created it.

The result is awesome: a special mood due to the minimalist aesthetic, the square format, the quality and variety of greys and blacks.

In addition to the technique, that specific in-between moment the photographer has chosen to shoot brings the feeling that each photograph is a steal for which the viewer is transformed in a voyeur of a place where he shouldn’t be.

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Emmanuel Monzon, America se tiñe de gris

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145 Minimal Photos Find Magic In the Mundane: link

For our latest group show, we invited you to submit your minimalist photographs. Curated by Lucy Pike, Head of Photography Partnerships at WeTransfer, in collaboration with Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos, the final collection of images is bound not by their subject matter but by their form. Minimalism is huge these days, especially on Instagram, and this is unsurprisingly our biggest group show to date. Winning images run the gamut from representational to abstract; they find lyricism in the mundane, poetry in the prosaic.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner Lulu Ash. Her photograph of a Swahili fisherman at his traditional sail boat in Kenya will be showcased as a WeTransfer wallpaper, where it will be seen by an estimated audience of 10 million people.