Eaux Fortes – Christophe Jacrot

“I like photo books, a simple and above all intimate way to devour photography. With Eaux Fortes, I’m taking up the idea of ​​a large (40×32 cm) landscape-style book, which won’t fit in your library! I want to offer large images all in fullness, without creases, we enter them as we enter a hot bath.

The confinements were at first a real suffering, then a very strange parenthesis. Alone on the roads, in hotels that were still open, I still felt like I was breaking a rule. Quite a stimulating transgression in the end. The best images from this period will be in my new book.

Eaux Fortes will remain faithful to my work, with my always very pictorial approach. It’s once again an immersion in the “bad weather” with material, and narrative images as I like to do them so much. Much more colorful than my previous two books, as much rain as snow, European, I continue this formal search in bad weather. We are all made up of our climate, our weather, I appeal to our soul. Destroy our climate. it is a little to destroy us too.”

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The book: a hymn to the fragile beauty of the world, a quest for the absolute.


Everywhere in the world, bad weather is raging with increasing power. In spite of everything, rain and snow are essential elements of life.

He is a photographer who tracks down these hazards of nature, on the lookout for the most symptomatic episodes of this nature that has been damaged by human activities. Mesmerized by natural forces when they express themselves at their peak, he goes to meet them when all of us are trying to take shelter.

In Hong Kong, Japan, India, Taiwan, the Faroe Islands, Russia, Iceland, Scotland or the Vercors, it is the same impulse that guides him in front of a bad weather that modifies the landscape, empties it of all presence, makes the day plunge into the night, and invites us to contemplate the new nuances of a nature remodeled to the envy of the world, sometimes dramatic in all its fragility – chaos is never far away -, always poetic.

Eaux Fortes is a new dive, at the time when the world was confined, in the heart of a world frozen doubly – by the climate, by the pandemic. It deploys the quintessence of what he has produced over the last two years, always in the four corners of the world.

With this exceptional monograph, Christophe Jacrot gathers a selection of his most intense shots since 2019 (and some older ones): shimmering or immaculate colors of hills and mountains, lonely houses lost in the twirling snow, beings stiffened by the cold and silhouettes vanishing under the rain or snow in large megalopolises, shores almost submerged by the waves… Are the contours of reality fading away at the same time as the world is being swept away in uncertainty?

With Eaux fortes, Christophe Jacrot offers yet another powerful summary of his aesthetic quest, carried by an essentially pictorial and emotional approach, inscribed in the title he has given to his work. To capture the eternal, to seize the immutable in a changing universe, such is the instinctive obsession of a photographer who constantly oscillates between the real and the imaginary.

Eaux fortes is as much his mental and physical cartography as ours. Under his lens, the immensity of the spaces, the vehemence of the elements play with delight with our needs for interiority and appeasement.

Press Extracts


L’Express:
“Christophe Jacrot tracks the cold in the cities of the Northern Hemisphere, because it freezes and sharpens reality. Driven to the north by global warming, the photographer has taken pictures in the land of ice that seem like paintings, so palpable is their grain, and whose strength is increased tenfold by the size of the work.”

Polka Magazine:
“Like an icy cocoon, this superb book in Italian format is composed of a succession of winter paintings, phantasmagorical and hushed walks through snowy Iceland. Here, the photo seems to disappear under a charcoal or watercolor line.

France Culture, La Grande Dispute:
“It’s just beautiful, absolutely sumptuous. One has the impression, because of the quality of the image, to feel the snow which falls, its matter, which sometimes caresses you and sometimes stings you.”

Le Figaro magazine
“An eminently poetic photographer, Christophe Jacrot tracks down snow all over the world for this almost monochrome book of breathtaking beauty. A masterful photo lesson for an invigorating result. ”

GÉO
“Welcome to the island of snowstorms. Photographer Christophe Jacrot fell under the spell of Icelandic landscapes and went deep into the blizzard to capture the ghostly beauty of winter. The snow embellishes everything, even this simple agricultural shed in the middle of a field, near the village of Dalvík, on the north coast. With its clean geometric lines, in black and white, it looks like a land art installation.”

 

 

The photographer


If Christophe Jacrot’s images look like paintings or romantic scenes, it is not really by chance. It is indeed in the direction of short and feature films that he first distinguished himself with brilliance. Most of his documentary films have won awards at numerous international festivals.

For almost 15 years, he has traded the camera for the still camera and the world of cinema for that of photography, thus returning to a teenage practice that has never really left him.
Fascinated by landscapes under the influence of bad weather, he has made his art a tool to sublimate the beauty of the world around him, especially when that world, whether rural or urban, is confronted with changing weather.

Inspired as much by the art of Giacometti and the landscape painters as by the approach to color developed by a Saul Leiter, or the palpable tension of the images of a Todd Hido, he builds a new facet of his work with each new release, in search of more and more subtlety, purity and emotion, waiting for the moment to emerge when the light is perfect, and the composition and the frame, unique.

Exhibited in Paris, New York, Hong-Kong, Brussels, Istanbul, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Christophe Jacrot’s images have been very successful with collectors but also with a large public worldwide, as shown by the circulation of his images on social networks and the undeniable success of his books, all of which have been acclaimed by the critics, since the publication in 2007 of his first book on Paris in the rain.

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104 pages / 40 x 32 cm / 70 images
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1 review for Eaux Fortes – Christophe Jacrot

  1. FrancoisM
    (verified owner):
    5 out of 5

    Hâte de le recevoir !
    S’il vous reste un exemplaire de Météores à vendre, je suis preneur 🙂
    Avez-vous prévu de le rééditer ?

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