Jean-François Rauzier

Born in 1952 in Sainte-Adresse in France. Lives and works in Paris.

 © Jean-François Rauzier, Veduta Brussels, 2018.

© Jean-François Rauzier, Veduta Brussels, 2018.

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Graduated from the Ecole Louis Lumière in Saint-Denis, France.

Among his inspirations are David Hockney’s composite Polaroids from the 1990s.

2002: Jean-François Rauzier invents the concept of the Hyperphoto, a new creative method which consists of assembling thousands of real images taken with a telephoto lens into a mosaic, cropping the subjects (buildings, artistic expressions, humans, animals, plants, etc) to form a digital directory of Mankind’s global heritage.

Exhibitions all over the world: MOMA in Moscow; Annenberg Foundation; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, as well as major contemporary art collections (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Institut Culturel B. Magrez, etc).

Jean-François Rauzier, photographer of mankind’s architectural heritage, is working on his hypercités project, presenting his first series about Brussels.

After lengthy photographic sessions in the city of Brussels (July 2018), Jean-François Rauzier creates a fantastic new landscape, a capricious and baroque mosaic made up of thousands of close-up images. Brussels now boasts its Vedute and its Babel like all the major world cities that the photographer has previously studied: New York, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Detroit, Venice and Amsterdam. In love with the city? To Jean-François Rauzier, the city is always the stuff of dreams.

“Within thirty years or so, over two thirds of all the people on Earth will be living in a mega-city of over ten million inhabitants. Architects and town planners are competing to invent new ‘green’ forms of architecture, even going so far as to plant vegetable plots on roofs and in basements. Technological performances allow us to erect towers a thousand metres high, which swivel and are articulated. Finally, life expectancy for city-dwellers has exceeded that of those living in the countryside, and cities enable all kinds of encounters, with social and ethnic diversity and constant cultural events offering freedom of choice that has rarely been available. Yes indeed, the city of tomorrow is more and more of a dream come true!”

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