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 lighting salesman who first delved into the photographic arts at the late age of 65. Now at the age of 83, Garcin continues to produce simple and minimalist arrangements without the aid of any digital technology. 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 among others. 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.