Tongzi River

Laurent Dequick

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Designed and built with the Forbidden City as the imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty, between 1406 and 1420, the moat 3,500 meters served as the last line of defence for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, the moats are a very popular place for Beijing residents to take a walk on weekends or pose for photos.
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About Laurent Dequick

This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically about the proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s...

This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically about the proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s purpose is to accurately convey an impression of frenzy which results from a density of population and activity in urban areas:

“Along the streets, the lights, the noise, the traffic, the swarms of pedestrians, the blend of smells, are so fascinating that no single shot can entirely capture it. Do choices have to be made? I don’t think so; I don’t want to…”

To translate this urban life “congestion” into an image, the photographer does not shy away from the juxtaposition, superposition or inlaying of shots. With the same intensity he overlaps photographs representing architectural complexes, main traffic routes and people. He condenses the images like the city condenses the sum of its inhabitants’ lives. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of cubism in its execution close to abstraction and in his representation of permanent movement.

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