Gilbert Garcin - La Rupture
Gilbert Garcin
La Rupture
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2010
20 X 24 inches
Signed and # 1/12 on print verso
Gilbert Garcin -  Lorsque le Vent Viendra - (When the Wind Will Come)
Gilbert Garcin
Lorsque le Vent Viendra - (When the Wind Will Come)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007, Printed 2013
24 x 20 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 12) on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin -  Diogène ou la Lucidité - (Diogenes of Lucidity)
Gilbert Garcin
Diogène ou la Lucidité - (Diogenes of Lucidity)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2005, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin - Tourner la Page - Turning Over a New Leaf
Gilbert Garcin
Tourner la Page - Turning Over a New Leaf
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2004, Printed 2010
20 x 24 inches
Signed and # 2/12 on print verso
Gilbert Garcin - Icare Contrecarré
Gilbert Garcin
Icare Contrecarré
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, Printed 2013
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin - The Cape of Good Hope - Le Cap de Bonne Espérance
Gilbert Garcin
The Cape of Good Hope - Le Cap de Bonne Espérance
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998, Printed 2006
20 x 24 inches
Signed and # 3/12 on print verso
Gilbert Garcin - At the Museum - Au Musée
Gilbert Garcin
At the Museum - Au Musée
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1999, Printed 2002
12 x 16 Inches
Signed and # 3/12 on print verso
Gilbert Garcin - Le Danger des Images
Gilbert Garcin
Le Danger des Images
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed and # 4/12 on print verso.

Gilbert Garcin - L'atelier de Sisyphe (Sisiphus’ Workshop)
Gilbert Garcin
L'atelier de Sisyphe (Sisiphus’ Workshop)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2001, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin -  Je me Souviens des Jours
Gilbert Garcin
Je me Souviens des Jours - (I Remember the Old Days)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2004, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin -  Regard Sur la Peinture Contemporaine
Gilbert Garcin
Regard Sur la Peinture Contemporaine - (Looking at Contemporary Painting)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2005, Printed 2013
24 X 20 inches

Signed and # 3/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin -  Rien n'est Parfait - (Nothing is Perfect)
Gilbert Garcin
Rien n'est Parfait - (Nothing is Perfect)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and # 6/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin - L'heure Exquise - (Exquisite Hour)
Gilbert Garcin
L'heure Exquise - (Exquisite Hour)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin - L'artiste - (The Artist)
Gilbert Garcin
L'artiste - (The Artist)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 1/12 on print verso. Artist stamp on verso.

Gilbert Garcin’s meditative images are striking in their symbolic power and their skillful blend of humor and gravity. Through Garcin’s poetic and philosophical scenes, he enables us to become better observers of our human condition; he speaks of all people while he tells of himself. By considering the hidden side of life and raising questions concerning aspects of life, such as the transience nature of our existence or the tenacity one needs to keep going, Garcin uses himself as a model of the everyman to present a resource for meditation on life’s little absurdities and the significance of the human condition.

These profound and masterful compositions are from a Marseilles lamp factory owner who first delved into the photographic arts at the age of 65. It was at this late time that he met photographer Pascal Dolesmieux at a workshop in Arles and Dolesmieux immediately sparked Garcin’s fascination with photography by tutoring him in the trade. Garcin gave up his business and began his photographic career. Now in his mid 80s, Garcin continues to produce simple and minimalist arrangements without the aid of any digital technology. Adding an element of self-portrait photography, he poses himself in his own surreal microcosm and always sports a plain, gray overcoat, representing his anonymity and constant condition despite the changing surroundings. He and his wife are in fact the only two “personnages” to occupy his photographs.

His work is included in the collections of the Fonds National pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and Fonds Communal pour l'art Contemporain de Marseille and he has been in numerous international exhibitions. Always triggering a set of emotions, Garcin’s self portraits of an ordinary man grappling with a variety of Kafkaesque situations speak of truths that concern us all.

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