As part of artistic exchanges, the IAS-Nantes is presenting the exhibition "Artisans" (craftsmen) by Christophe Delory until June, 27.
"Every day thousands of small-scale tradesmen go about their work, in some cases with great passion.
I’ve been photographing these workers, artisans in particular, since 2016.
Each tradesman’s portrait came about by word of mouth. For the portrait of this large family, I was recommended by the former clients, associations, friends, brothers and sisters of these artisans. They welcomed me into their workplaces, some with apprehension, others with great camaraderie.
I worked with film in black and white using a large camera 4X5-inch, a noble and selective photographic technique. Each take produced 4 to 8 photographs, so each shot required a lot of precision and respect for the photographic process adding to the need for more intense concentration.
Serge was the catalyst for this project, after coming to my house to fix a leaking roof, I could see just by watching him the pride he took in his work.
Photograpers can identify themselves as artists, the most prestigious status and also as craftsmen, the most noble one. For me, they share the same soul and this is what I have tried to convey in these portraits, the mutual respect for a labour of love.
To my fellows-in-arms,"
His work is exhibited at the IAS-Nantes (5, allée Jacques Berques, Nantes (near the Saupin Stadium).Shoud you be interested to visit the exhibition, please contact the IAS-Nantes on 02 40 48 30 30.