Under the guise of a classic journey from east to west across the American continent, FALL and FIRE is at the same time a photographic proposal and a conceptual work.
FALL brings together images taken on the east coast of the United States in the months leading up to Barack Obama’s first election. The book is a subjective perspective on the invasiveness of nature in New England.
FIRE can be interpreted as a remake of FALL eight years later, this time on the West Coast, in the months before the election of Donald Trump. California asphalt and desert replace the forests of the first book.
These are two series, but the spaces that separate them are tangible: an eight-year gap in the country’s history; and the gaps between the two coasts of the continent, between digital images and analog images. With FALL as with FIRE, the photographs state nothing explicitly, but rather provide hints at what is being played out beneath the surface.
FALL and FIRE has been published as a two-volumes book by Poursuite editions.
Nicolas Giraud is an artist and photographer, living and working in Paris and Arles. His work deals with the construction and circulation of images. His artistic research is also conducted through teaching, critical writings and occasional curating. His work is represented by the Frank Dumont gallery in Los Angeles and the gallery mfc michèle didier in Paris. He is also a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles.