Honorable Mention / 2018 / Fine Art / Architecture_FA

URBAN SPRAWL-EMPTINESS

  • Photographer
    Emmanuel Monzon


Artist Statement

Through my urban sprawl series, 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?

"There are several common threads woven throughout Emmanuel’s photography. First, he only
uses square frames to create a strong focus on the subject, and second, his photos always
contain manmade structures or objects, but never any actual people. These two elements
combine to cause viewers to perceive a deep void in the photos; an almost post-apocalyptic
sense of isolation. By displaying structures humans built to serve their own needs, but in
a rare state of absolute idleness, Emmanuel creates an eerily disconcerting environment.
Looking at the photos, you can almost hear the chilly silence that’d accompany them." .Press.

In my artwork there is no judgment, no denunciation, only the picture itself. If I could
sum up the common theme of my photos, it would be about emptiness, about silence. My
pictures try to extract from the mundane urban landscape a form of estheticism. Where most
people only pass through, I stop and look for some form of poetic beauty. I like
repetition, I like series, and I like driving around.

Emmanuel Monzon is a French photographer and visual artist based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France with honors. His work has been featured throughout the US, Europe and Asia (through exhibitions, selections and various awards). Through his work, he explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. His photographic process is being influenced by his plastic art artist background.

Awards Emmanuel Monzon is a French photographer and visual artist based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France with honors. His work has been featured throughout the US, Europe and Asia (through exhibitions, selections and various awards). Through his work, he explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. His photographic process is being influenced by his plastic art artist background.