From Sat 1 June to Sun 15 September - Sur la digue, face aux Marinas - DEAUVILLE

Photo Exhibition: Green Symphony in the Pays d’Auge region

The open-air exhibition, placed on the Port-Deauville dyke, invites you to discover the extraordinary landscapes captured by Olivier Houdart under a special light. Facing the sky, that was so dear to the Impressionists, the green symphony is an artistic break to your stroll that celebrates thirty photos. Most of them have been taken along the roads and reproduce what anybody could potentially see.

Born in Lisieux in 1961, Olivier Houdart fell in love with photography after becoming a member of the photo club of his secondary school in 1975. Become a photographer in 1981, he won several prizes and his photos started to be published by the equestrian professional press. In 1983, he joined the Turf International Press Agency to develop the “press” service in the daily national press (Paris Turf, Libération, L’Humanité, Le Matin de Paris...). In 1984, Olivier moved back to his native region and specialized in stallion and stud farm photography: “It worked quite well, I was on the trend! And it was a wonderful job. I was paid to take a walk in the stud farms and take photos of the most beautiful yearlings on sale in Deauville - the most beautiful in the world then-!” On a nice day of 1991, one of these photos was chosen to illustrate the Equi’days event. During a cocktail, Anne d’Ornano (President of the Conseil Général du Calvados and Mayor of Deauville at the time) told him: “We are looking for a photographer at the Comité départemental du tourisme. You know how to photograph horses, you can deal with the rest too!...” So, he started to observe the Calvados landscapes, namely those of the Pays d’Auge. “What I see is every year as beautiful as ever. Exhibiting my photos in this context is just unique.” Actually, the green symphonies composing these large frames take full advantage from the wonderful light of this legendary seaside found in Deauville and on the Côte Fleurie.
A very big thank to Port-Deauville that hosts this exhibition.