Denis Darzacq  –  Falling & Hyper

Denis Darzacq – Falling & Hyper

“In 2006, Denis Darzacq asked dancers and athletes to perform jumps against backgrounds that he had found and prepared. Wearing ordinary clothes chosen in agreement with the photographer, the performers executed their leaps in these precisely defined settings.

“Everything had been prepared in advance. Everything was ready. The models launched themselves into space. There is nothing false in these scenes . These moments really occurred. There is no fiction, no retouching or special effects. Photographed in the courtyards of buildings or in streets in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in Nanterre and in Biarritz, these young people were just being themselves, simply performing jumps in a modern urban setting. And the photographer shot the images, intervening only to give a few guidelines as to their movements. However, at the moment of the leap, chance and gravity also intervened.”

Documentary film shows French photographer Denis Darzacq working with street dancers in the suburbs of Paris. Together they create images that give the illusion of people flying or falling through space.

Video courtesy of the artist, agencevu and lensculture



6th December 2009


2009     Invitation to Australia for a series of conferences in Sydney and Canberra, exposure toAustralian Centre for Photography, Sydney.

2008    Downfall : Acquisition of the Centre Pompidou. “Pictures of campus – Campus image” Control of the European Inter-University Perpignan.

2007   1st Prize Winner of “Stories of the World Press Photo 2007Category Arts & Entertainment. Public Order “Euroméditérannée”. Photographic project as part of the School of the critical city of Thouars.

2006    “Class Picture” control FRAC Haute Normandie.

2004/2006 “Bobigny city center” purchase of the National Fund for Contemporary Art and exposure to RIP Arles in

2005.   “And you love how are you?” control Parc de la Villette.

1998/2004 Conducts playbills for the City of Music in Paris.

Joined the agency VII. Regularly collaborates with many magazines including Telerama, Express, Les Inrockuptibles, WorldEtc..  Has conducted a public order of the Directorate of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, “Youth in the Year 2000” National Fund for Contemporary Art. Altadis 2000.

1997/2000 Conducts fashion catalogs for agnes b.

1989/1997 Collaborates journal Release.

1985/1989 Still Photographer over 100 music video clips Rita Mitsouko, Etienne Daho, Lio, different groups of French pop … and also from 1987 to 1991, on feature films (Satyajit Ray, Chantal Akerman, Jacques Rivette, among other ).

1985 graduate ofENSAD (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs).

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