Falling: A Part

Thomas Zanon-Larcher’s photos present women living ordinary lives – yet each photo looks like a movie still from a film noir or the French new wave.

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Deichmannske Library, Oslo, August 2006
Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Deichmannske Library, Oslo, August 2006

For his new exhibition, Falling: A Part, Zanon-Larcher worked closely with models as if shooting a film, placing his subjects in loosely shaped stories from classic Hollywood to European drama. According to the photographer, ‘We start with a word – a name of a character, or an emotion – and then that slowly becomes a story.’

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nicolle, Borough Market, London, May 2009
Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nicolle, Borough Market, London, May 2009

The Italian-born Zanon-Larcher uses available or natural light in public locations, with featured shots outside Smithfield Market in London, a tram shelter in Vienna, or a piazza in Mediterranean Trieste. But the photographer likes his subjects to be on the move, as if escaping someone or something, giving his photos a sense of suspense at the cusp of unfolding drama.

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Train station II, Oslo, August 2006
Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Train station II, Oslo, August 2006

With the images, Zanon-Larcher suggests, ‘Viewers connect cinema to storytelling’.

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Law School, Oslo, August 2006
Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nora Law School, Oslo, August 2006

The artist has also worked as a fashion photographer, collaborating previously with Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto.

Falling: A Part runs 25 January – 9 March at The Wapping Project, Bankside, Hopton Street, SE1

 

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