France , 1964
Didier Fournet’s photographic works center around an imaginative personal aesthetic he calls “vibrations.” Taking cityscapes and places of all kinds, indoors or outdoors, Fournet makes their structures “vibrate” to the borders of abstraction without ever dehumanizing the humans who gravitate there, and who are paradoxically perceived as weightless in the decors deconstructed by his vibrations. The final result is a very "pictorial" photograph—digitally constructed graphic art—the fruit of a encounter between a creative user of contemporary tools and a childlike soul whose will remains intact in pushing the limits of experimentation until it reverberates the structures of the contemporary world in which we live.
Fournet cites the following influences: Andreas Gursky for his representation of enormous yet simple graphic space; David Lachapelle for his humanity and flamboyant execution; Hieronymus Bosch for minute detail and the outlandish; the customs officer Rousseau for the richness of his color palette as applied to nature in his imaginary jungles; Massimo Vitali for his overpowering and otherworldly white sunlight; and Richard Avedon for his use of time, which defies any model until revealed.
Born on December 2, 1964 in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, Didier Fournet spent his professional life working with a number of major creative agencies, which allowed him to work with great professional photographers. Through contact with them, his sense for photography readily manifested itself as an obvious artistic avenue to explore and cultivate. Using a graphic and colorful palette, limited only to his boundless imaginary world, Fournet opens the doors to a dream world and invites us on a timeless journey from a contemporary point of departure.