© Lucie & Simon

2013 Guests of the Planche(s) Contact Festival

Lucie de Barbuat is French and Simon Brodbeck is German. Under the name of Lucie & Simon, they have been working together since 2005 in Paris and in New-York and they are currently studying, through large format photos and videos, the role of “Man in the XXI century”. Continuously dealing with the relationship between Man and the society, their works highlight specific subjects such as environment, daily loneliness and suspension of the time notion. Lucie & Simon often use modern technical processes and technologies: through photomontages, 3D computerised creations, zenith points of view or combinations of photos and videos, their common works look like scenes inspired by romantic painting, science fiction cinema and German expressionism. 

Their works were rewarded in France and abroad in the last years, namely by the Prix H.S.B.C pour la Photographie in 2010, the Prix de la Fondation Marcel Bleustein Blanchet, the Prix Nestlé and the Prix de la Bourse du Talent in collaboration with the National Library of France in 2009. After having photographed Paris, New York, Tokyo and Beijing, they came to Deauville, and took some photos of an empty and silent city by night. They offered a new perspective of Deauville, combining still images and videos.

"By night, the camera reveals landscapes that are not visible to the naked eye. The slow camera recording is used to reveal the blurred colours of the night, and to discover hidden and imaginary words situated close to the city, reminding the myth of Atlantis."