THE OFF EXHIBITIONS
The Planche(s) Contact Off Festival welcomes every year about fifteen photographic exhibitions set up by photographers living in Deauville for part of the year, or by groups and associations of photography lovers. Deauville and its various aspects are the main theme of this Festival section, whose participants know very well the city and its identity. Exhibitions are organized in private places, galleries, hotels…from October 21st to November 26th. The main personalities are:

©Gérard STARON

Gérard Staron
Les bains de mer (Seaside baths)
Equipped with his Polaroïd, Gérard Staron has been roaming through the Norman and Picard beaches since 2013. His series evokes ancient times, when the sea, barely accessible, made people dream. A time in which the coastline was still relatively virgin and the seashore reminded that represented by the Impressionists, superbly expressing light and reflections. What makes more sense than using ancient technologies to make the past alive again? The light is spread through ancient devices, the chemical impression is made on films expired several years ago. The image is suggested, not shown. Our imagination acquires an essential role.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: BIJOUTERIE ARTHUS-BERTRAND
105 RUE EUGENE COLAS. Every day from 10:30 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm.

 

http://www.gerard-staron.com/

©Igor DOUPLITZKY

Igor Douplitzky
La mer, pour ceux qui se rêvent (The sea, for those dreaming about it)
When no one is watching,
The sea is not the sea.
It is what we become
When no one observes us.
It has other fishes,
And also other waves.

It’s the sea for the sea
And for the ones who dream
Of it as I do here.

 

Jules Supervielle, La Fable du monde

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: Casino galleries
Access from shop side.
Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.

©Victor RIVAL GARCIA

Victor Rival-Garcia
Expired-Normandie
This photographic series represents off-season everyday life. It expresses calm, absence and solitude.
Victor Rival-Garcia has chosen the silver hinder medium to play with image temporality. All films and papers used for this series are expired, some from over 30 years. The idea is capturing images about which the observer has not temporal references. Using expired films provides a special grain to his pictures. The paper used for original printing, expired from several years too, leads to contrasts that do not necessarily correspond to expectations. This series made on the seashore creates a parallelism between the subject and the medium, between film grains and sand grains.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: Casino galleries
Access from shop side.
Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.

 

http://rivalgarcia.com/

©Sonia FITOUSSI

Sonia Fitoussi
Dialogues
Sonia Fitoussi, working as a freelance photographer in London since 2004, has a real passion for art under all its forms. She never stops (re)discovering art in museums or appreciating it in many forms in the streets, nourishing her passion for photography. She enjoys observing and photographing how passer-byes react in front of the works exhibited in the City of Deauville. Interaction or lack of interest create a fun dialogue between the real and the artistic representation. "There’s nothing better than capturing this authentic moment in which an ordinary life scene meets a work of art and answers to it, in a humoristic or poetical way".

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: DEAUVILLE TOURISME
Quai de l’Impératrice Eugénie. Open every day, 10 am > 6 pm from Monday to Saturday, then all Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.

 

www.soniafitoussi.book.fr

©Thomas CZARNECKI

Thomas Czarnecki
Sandstorm in Heaven
On the boardwalk, under a cobalt blue sky, it comes what sailors were waiting for. It is first unscrupulous, untying buns and lifting light dresses, then terrible, rising up the sand and inexorably urging onlookers to leave. We met on that day. I also managed, for an instant, to capture you.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: BEACH CABINS’ DOORS
Between the Bar du Soleil and the Point de Vue (Open-air exhibition)

 

www.thomasczarnecki.com

©Dominik RIMBAULT

Dominik Rimbault
Nager dans l’azur… Plonger dans la vague de l’imaginaire…(Swimming in the blue, dive in a wave of fantasy)
Full of poetry, the swimming pool invites us to dive in a permanent imaginary world. Born from a wave, the swimming pool becomes a shellfish, snow-covered mountain peaks, an animal, a monumental sculpture… At any time it attracts your attention through mysterious reflections, open to the outside, vibrant with light. Dominik Rimbault tried to capture this metamorphosis.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: WINDOWS OF THE SWIMMING POOL
Boulevard de la Mer (Open-air exhibition)

©Myriem BRUNOT

Myriem Brunot-Bouali
L’eau de là (Water from there)
The water coming from where she has born has sweetened her childhood. The sea has instiled to her certain dreams and the light has sharpened her eye. She gazed at the image for long time before taking a photo. What she loves is going beyond the visible, crossing the image and see what it hides. Water reflections take then a new meaning.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: HOTEL CONTINENTAL
Open every day, 2 pm>8 pm (to confirm)

Gilbert Werndorfer ©Julien Touchard

Julien Touchard
A la manière de JR (Just as JR)
Windows of the attached premise of Deauville Tourisme and brick warehouses, Presqu’île (Open-air exhibition)
Julien Touchard, 33-year-old photographer, has fallen in love with photography some years ago. He closely monitors the evolution of artist JR and his team, through the success of their Inside Out project. Using in Deauville this photographic protocol that was so inspiring to him, Julien Touchard proposes an original open-air installation. About 30 shop-keepers of Deauville have participated to this project. Their large format black-and-white portraits now cover the facades of the new Presqu’île district.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: BRICK WAREHOUSES, PRESQU'ÎLE DE LA TOUQUES
 (Open-air exhibition)

Tandem © Manuel Guyon, 2017

Manuel Guyon
Tandem
By living together, the members of a couple ends up acquiring some small habits of each other, and this happens slowly, without they even notice it. Manuel Guyon draws a portrait of Deauville seen through couples that are so in love that they end up being two identical images.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: WINDOWS OF THE SHOP-KEEPERS OF THE CITY
(Open-air exhibition)

La Mode ©Jean-Pierre Bilhaut Coco Chanel, inspiration deauvillaises

Objectif Image 14
Tout à Deauville ne pouvait qu’inspirer Coco Chanel (Coco Chanel, Deauville inspiration)


Coco Chanel used to say that “fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the streets, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Representing modernism and freedom, Deauville gave Coco Chanel its wonderful light and wet sand reflections. The young designer created comfortable clothes and functional cuts to help sailors face winds and storms. She freed female bathers from tight dresses. Tennis and golf players inspired her comfortable and elegant clothes. The same elegance can be found in the world of horse and polo races, suggesting her to use new fabrics. She transformed a holiday art of living in a style going even beyond fashion.
André Mangion, Jean-Peirre Bilhaut and Henri Carabajal, three photographers of Objectif Image 14, have decided to get back to this imaginary world inspired by Deauville through three different perspectives and techniques, purposely joined in the memory of Coco.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: PROTESTANT CHURCH

5, rue de la république.
Every day from October 21st to November 5th, from 2 pm to 7 pm.

 

La vie en bleu ©Jean-François Baulon

Jean-François Baulon
La vie en bleu (Life in blue)


The beach and nearby seaside cabins are major places for people visiting Deauville. Even before the Pompeian baths were built –they were inaugurated in 1924-, Deauville was already hosting hydrotherapy facilities. They were built in 1860, when Deauville had just started to emerge. Jean-François Baulon has decided to make a photographic series using a technique that dates back to that time, called “blue print”. This technique that was largely used by pictorial photographers is based on the use of ferric salts that provide a bluish final image. It’s a way to plunge back into the past.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: PROTESTANT CHURCH
5, rue de la république.
Every day from October 21st to November 5th, from 2 pm to 7 pm.

 

©Lycéens Maurois

Maurois high school students
Lycéens de Deauville (Deauville high school students)
The high school students of Deauville exhibit a series of portraits made without using modern cameras, but pinhole. Photographs are taken in a place chosen by each student. Considered as self-portraits, they reveal an aspect of their identity.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: WINDOWS OF THE MAUROIS HIGH SCHOOL
10 boulevard Eugène Cornuché (Open-air exhibition)

City Officers
Exposés ! (Exhibited!)
This year again, the officers of the City play along and become photographers for a short time.

 

EXHIBITION PLACE: FAÇADE OF THE TOWN HALL
(Open-air exhibition)