Nice in a Vacuum. Author of photographs in architecture and design, Hugues Lagarde produced a very specific series during the confinement,sheltered from the tumult of cars and agitation of passers-by. He intentionally presents shots like direct memory traces of parenthesis in the constant flow of the city without retouching. They show urban architecture as virtually never seen during the day, except perhaps when projects are underway. Just as Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped monuments all the better to reveal their presence, Hugues Lagarde invites us, through this stripping down, to take a fresh look at these buildings, their geometry, and the way they structure the landscape. His findings on our movements in public spaces and the way they have been conceived by architects also emerge.
The jury’s opinion
Architecture is primarily transmitted universally through photography, allowing its history to be committed to memory worldwide. We discovered the city in a completely different way during the confinement, and the eye of Hugues Lagarde reveals all of its architecture here.