Люк Дэлайе 2006-2010
(…) there has to be a photograph in the newspaper. Or an image which emerges from reading an article. The journalistic way of relating facts, which is to say incompletely, without affect or commentary, is the best stimulus for the imagination: it lets me see situations.
Nothing which happens during these first moments can help me later on, except by setting something off, but that’s still where everything begins.”
In this way Luc Delahaye’s pictures are often made at sites and events from which newspapers report everyday. They indicate an approach that is both direct and detached, where the unromantic clarity of the documentary style contradicts and enhances the dramatic intensity of the “tableau” form. Within their visual coherence, they express a nub of formal tensions and invite the beholder to reflect on the relationship between art, history and information through a distanced contemplation.