Peter Knapp


© Peter Knapp, Rétrospective, Planche(s) Contact 2016
© Peter Knapp, Rétrospective, Planche(s) Contact 2016

Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2016

Peter Knapp, graduated from the Decorative arts of Zurich, settled in France in the 1950s and became the artistic director of several magazines, from the Nouveau Fémina to the Galeries Lafayette. In 1959, he took over the artistic direction of Elle. From this moment on, his photographic works were mainly focused on fashion, and he collaborated with André Courrèges and Emmanuel Ungaro. Peter Knapp, through his accuracy and master of design and photography, subverted and renewed the fashion photography in France: lines and shapes started to become essential. A refined image is the basics of a method that gives less importance to the traditional perspective and more to an delicate geometry.

In Deauville for the Planche(s) Contact Festival

In this first retrospective presented by the Planche(s) Contact Festival, these images captured in the 1970s and 1980s reflect the long and rich collaboration between Deauville and the photography of Peter Knapp.
In the relationship existing between Peter Knapp and Deauville, reference is frequently made to photographic orders. The Boardwalk and the seafront of Deauville are the perfect setting to capture photos for the Courrèges fashion house and for Elle or Stern magazines.
At the end of the 1970s, while focusing on his fashion images, Peter Knapp made some artworks such as the "recomposed compounds" or blue monochrome series, whose only pattern was the sky. Working in Deauville represents for him an opportunity to deepen his researches, subtle games between signs and geometry, and to play with images to create new imaginary landscapes.

Deauville by Peter Knapp is an exhibition created in collaboration with François Cheval and Audrey Hoarea for Planche(s) Contact 2016.
The exhibition is supported by Olympus.