Atelier

Gautier Deblonde has photographed artists’ studios in America, Europe, and Asia for the past eight years. He is particularly drawn to the studio as a subject, capturing the work in progress with all the traces of creation, but without the artists themselves. As documentary photographs, the images are rich in detail – full of sculptures half finished, brushes scattered on the floor, and shelves of inspirational material. Though the artists are conspicuously absent, there’s a lingering sense of their presence, as if magic lies in every tool, waiting to be brought to life. Left alone in the space, it feels as if time stops.

Atelier provides a privileged glimpse behind the scenes to the source of artistic creation. Sixty-nine studios have been captured in panorama, including the private spaces of Kiki Smith, Anish Kapoor, and David Hockney, among others. Photographed methodically, the compositions appear together as a meditative study on the studio, leaving the viewer to interpret the artist’s intention and imagine the space come to life. An essay by Jim Lewis accompanies the images, perfectly capturing their spirit in words.

Gautier Deblonde, Atelier First Edition 2014
168 pages (8 page signature) 12 x 15 in / 30.6 x 38 cm
69 Plates Four-color process
US $98 / €88 / £78
© 2014 for photographs, Gautier Deblonde

© 2014 for text, Jim Lewis

© 2014 Steidldangin Publishers for this edition
Creative Direction & Cover Design: Pascal Dangin
ISBN 978-3-86930-732-9
Printed in Germany by Steidl
01-Kiki Smith
01-Kiki Smith
02-Berlinde de Bruyckere
02-Berlinde de Bruyckere
03-Yaoyi Kusama
03-Yaoyi Kusama
04-Anish Kapoor
04-Anish Kapoor
05-Christian Boltanski
05-Christian Boltanski
06-Ellsworth Kelly
06-Ellsworth Kelly
07-Pierre Soulages
07-Pierre Soulages
08-Georg Baselitz
08-Georg Baselitz
09-Callum Innes
09-Callum Innes
10-Hiroshi Sugimoto
10-Hiroshi Sugimoto
11-Liu Ye
11-Liu Ye
12-Gerhard Richter
12-Gerhard Richter
13-Gary Hume
13-Gary Hume
14-Per Kirkeby
14-Per Kirkeby
15-David Hockney
15-David Hockney
16-Michael Craig Martin
16-Michael Craig Martin
17-Paula Rego
17-Paula Rego
18-Wolfgang Tillmans
18-Wolfgang Tillmans
19-Wim Delvoye
19-Wim Delvoye
20-Richard Serra
20-Richard Serra