Considered one of a new breed of Magnum photographers, Antoine d’Agata’s images appear to exist between time and space in an alternately bleak, painterly and carnivalesque atmosphere. From his native Marseilles to New York, Mexico and Central America, d'Agata has drawn from over 10 years of travelling as the inspiration for his photography.
Whether his subjects are portraits, desolate landscapes or inner city streets, d’Agata’s twilight world captures the intense and intimate nature of his chance encounters with people and places. Likening the compulsion to photograph to that of proving one’s own existence, d’Agata distances himself from straightforward documentary photography.
Within the exhibition is a display of selected extracts from his most powerful series produced between 1998 and 2004, reflecting what d’Agata describes as photography’s ‘intimate rapport with the world.’ These include large images from the series Insomnia (2003) and a montage of several hundred photographs from other projects including Vortex (2003) and Stigma (2004).