We are pleased to inform you that Douglas Mandry has got one of the most prestigious distinctions for young photography artists for his series entitled «Monuments»: he has been chosen as one out of 20 the most promising talents of 2020 on the market of artistic photography. This distinction is awarded annually by the Foam Museum of Photography in Amsterdam.
His work will be present in various museums this year, such as the Kunsmuseum Wien in Austria, the Foam Museum Amsterdam in The Netherlands. It will be shown in a touring exhibition with «FOAM Talent 2020» in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam and and in several group shows at international Photo Fairs such as Photo London, Photo Basel and Unseen Photo Fair.
The series «Monuments» reflects a relationship between technological evolution and climate change. Collecting images of glaciers taken in the early 20th century, Douglas Mandry transferred them onto actual pieces of geotextile, which have themselves been brought down from the Alps after a season on the ice. Through the antique process of lithography, a double-exposure phenomenon occurs: the images, fading memories of golden age in Switzerland‘s tourism, become a part of the today‘s technological attempts to preserve the past which no longer exists.
Meanwhile, Douglas Mandry travelled deep into the Swiss Alps, collecting pieces of ice protected by man-made geotextile fabrics. The blocks of ice are inserted in a self made large format camera containing photo sensitive color paper. Using specific aperture shutters pierced in the wooden camera, the light is conducted through the ice directly onto the paper. As an outcome, a trace of the melting ice left on the paper is developed in a dark room sometimes several days later. Thereby the process of disappearance is recorded photographically.