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FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST: ​Event Horizon

Quentin Lacombe
Event Horizon

Self-published, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2016
Designed by Giliane Cachin
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In astronomy, an “event horizon” delineates the area around a black hole beyond which events can no longer be observed from the outside: objects which reach this point will seem to float indefinitely, unmoored from time and space.. Quentin Lacombe’s Event Horizon is a personal response to this phenomenon, in which everything in his images (organic matter, animals, and inanimate and architectural objects) appears to drift along an endless horizon line. “It’s surprising as a metaphorical transcription of an astronomical phenomenon—photography, digital manipulation, and collage are used to offer a contemporary artistic interpretation of a complicated scientific topic,” says Christoph Wiesner. Published as Lacombe’s thesis project for the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Christoph Wiesner adds the book “creates an anarchic feeling of the universe by combining photographs of random subjects.” The images toy with the reality of this warped existence through saturation and collage. Once you’ve flipped through the thin, glossy pages, unfold the matte-paper jacket to reveal a double-sided poster.

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