Catherine HENRIETTE

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Born in 1960, Toulouse, France. Catherine Henriette lives between Paris and le Pays Basque. After studying Chinese, she arrived in Beijing in 1985 and began a career as a press photographer. Engaged by the France Presse Agency at the time of Tiananmen events in 1989, she left China in 1991 and since has worked for various magazines.

For around thirty years, Catherine Henriette has been observing China, with its economic, cultural and social evolution. Thirty years in which the pulse of the country has been rising, things have been moving fast and probably too fast. She has seen the transformation of the landscapes and cities, which have become alienated and spoilt, where everything was being sacrificed in the name of development and profit at any price. As a firsthand witness to this frenzy, Catherine Henriette paused time with her Leica camera and rolls of film. With the modern China as her backdrop, she has captured the vanishing points and figures, and photographed them like a shifting mirage.

Catherine Henriette revisited the beaches of northern China to photograph the ”Conte d’été” (Summer tale) series, where she had escaped to on scorching hot days as a student in Beijing. With her keen observation on the pleasant beach bathers and the seaside once she was familiar with, Catherine Henriette has captured the seemingly eternally good-nature of the atmosphere, as if time has been frozen in a wonderful long vacation. Her revisit to the coast has given her a delicate and sharp insight on the dramatic changes of the cities and the merrily damages that modernity has brought.

Guan Yin la déesse de la mer, 2014

 

Courtesy of La Galerie Paris 1839

Photo - Pigment print on Fine Art paper Hahnemhüle Bright White

Edition N°6/10

68.5 x 82.5 cm

HKD 9,500(with frame)

Ile s'en va, Nandaihe, 2014

 

Courtesy of La Galerie Paris 1839

Photo - Pigment print on Fine Art paper Hahnemhüle Bright White

Edition N°6/10 

68.5 x 82.5 cm

HKD 9,500 (with frame)