Gold / 2017 / Book / Fine Art
The work of Emmanuel Monzon focuses primarily on the idea of urban sprawling and the urban
expansion of its periphery. Monzon photographs urban banality as though it were a romantic
painting, trying only to be “stronger than this big nothing” in controlling the space by
framing the subject. Monzon’s aesthetic of the banal obeys its own rules: a ban on living
objects, a precise geometrical organization, and the revelation of a specific physical and
mental landscape blurring the lines between city and suburb, between suburb and
countryside, a process that results in an independent identity.
This aesthetic of the emptiness in my photographic work attempts to understand our current
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.