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Ambroise Tézenas

Ambroise Tézenas

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Born in 1972, he live and work in Paris.  After graduating from the École d'Arts Appliqués in Vevey (Switzerland) in 1994, Ambroise Tézenas settled first in London, then in Paris, where he worked for French and international magazines. His first photo essay, 'Beijing: Theatre of the People', won the 13th annual European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP). A regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine since 2007, Ambroise Tézenas is represented in France by the Galerie Mélanie Rio.

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Ambroise Tézenas evokes places marked by tragedy that now have their own guided tours. This phenomenon, known as ‘dark tourism’, is rooted in our fascination with the human capacity for evil, as well as our desire to see the aftermath of horror. Earthquakes, tsunamis, devastated or poverty-stricken areas are ‘destinations’ whose discovery feeds the ambiguous curiosity of a growing number of enthusiasts. Addressing the questions raised by this new reality, Ambroise Tézenas undertook a long investigation from the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre of 1944 to the ruins left by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, Ambroise Tézenas travels through the 20th century by way of Cambodia, Rwanda, Ukraine, and Lebanon. ‘Here, we are gawking at a nightmare’, he sums it up.

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