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Guillaume Zuili

For the past few years, Guillaume Zuili has dedicated himself to exploring urban universes.

Using double exposures, he constructs portraits of Paris, Berlin and Moscow, revealing their intricate layers of time and history. This dream-like questioning directs us along paths that only photography can create. Currently working in California and using colour, Zuili remains committed to recreating atmospheres through enlightened and impressionist ways.


  Travelling : Los Angeles, United States

Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Hidden Gem (2017)

When I moved back to Los Angeles I settled in San pedro. Nobody knows anything about this place, except that it is a harbor and that it is at the end of the 110 freeway, where nobody comes because of the terrific trafic in LA. Working class people, who have benefited from the harbor economic life for long, constitute the majority of its inhabitants. In a way, they protected the area from the gentrification that happens all around Los Angeles. Everything is quiet. Everything is empty. As if a time machine had sent us into the past. We can have a glimpse at what LA was in the 80s. Between a solitude much needed, and the possibility of time traveling by walking down the streets,...

Harbor City, Los Angeles (2016)

The cities of Harbor City and Willmington lay there and are imbricated with the port activities, refineries, containers lots, truck lots, trains, tracks and electric plants. Another vital artery is Route 47 who runs parralel to Anaheim Street. Right on and above the maze of the Harbor. 2 Bridges are on Route 47 : Vincent Thomas Bridge sitting above San Pedro ; Gerald Desmond Bridge sitting above Long Beach terminal. This one is going to be replace by a new bridge under construction, taller, to let pass the new, bigger and higher super ships. And there is the old part of San Pedro Harbor, vintage from the 40's and before. Abandonned, it's used for movies in many occasions.

L.A. Fleet Week: In the Navy (2016)

Four ships of the US Navy docked at the San Pedro’s port for the traditional Fleet Week, which took place each year for the Labour Day. American fleet ships visiting (USS America, USS Wayne E. Meyer and CGC Active), pictures with US Navy Marines, educational event: the L.A Fleet Week is, like each year, a major public relations operation for the US army, who knows how to hit the nerve of the American patriotism. This is also an opportunity, for a few 5,000 Marines, to go ashore enjoying the bars, the concerts and the appeal of their prestigious white uniform, turning a small and quiet city into a into a non-stop party Town for a week. In the United-States, the support to the army...

Los Angeles (2015)

''Endless hours of driving characterized Los Angeles''. Car shapes everything in this magalopolis. It can even be the perfect tool for exploring city life. Behind the wheel appears a visual everyday often unknown beecause of its very ordinariness. That's exactly what Guillaume Zuili has perceived. Advertisings targetting the driver are central elements of his visual universe. Street paintings intersperse the artery's tedium : walls, shops and gambling houses flaunt graphic audacities, garish and raucuous. Sometimes, images become hasty. Speed and movement induce vague catches, like a car antithesis for the Decisive Moment. Between urban wandering as Jim Jarmusch's movies, solitary...

Paris (2015)

Rediscovering his hometown, Guillaume Zuili gives us a poetic look on the tumult of Paris. A poetry that takes us to Baudelaire's spleen, also to the hard-boiled novels and the film noirs. The Parisian street appears sometimes dark and disturbing with its drawn metal curtains and crumbling walls, sometimes loud and roaring when the passers aggregate into a shapeless mass on the sidewalks searching of a bus, of a shop or a place at the terrace of a cafe. As "enjoying the crowd is an art," Guillaume Zuili excels to freeze this movement from ground level, with tight framings that allow compositions where the shadows and the reflections guess the environment in where they develop. If...

From L.A to Boise...and back (2014)

There is 900 miles between Los Angeles and Boise. Two days going in and two days going back across California, Nevada, Utah and finally the destination State, Idaho. Passing through highway 10, 15 then 84 to reach Boise. In between, Las vegas and Salt Lake City are the two main cities. Endless desert landscape and huge sky render the man like a miniature size. On the way back I used a different route. Going straight south in the remote Nevada State with Highway 83. There. No gas station for hundreds of miles, no town. You are alone. Then that huge majestic landscape becomes even bigger. Temperatures fall to zero while crossing the mountains and rise dramatically in the plains in an...

Constructivism in Russia (2013)

In September 2013, the G20 Summit was held in the city of Saint-Petersburg. For the occasion, the international news agency FSUE Russian Agency of International Information «RIA Novosti» commissioned 21 internationally renowned photographers (each originating from countries of the G20) to produce a reportage on Russia. The ensemble of their work resulted in an exhibition in the Marble Palace of Saint-Peterburg and the printing of a publication. Guillaume Zuili was chosen to represent France. The topic he was tasked to tackle was in direct link with his own preferred themes: he took shots of constructivist architecture in the cities of Moscow and Yekaterinburg (Ural). The work of...

L.A Chromos (2012)

This is not a variations exercise on the same theme. Obviously, these photographs echo works of Pop Art, silk-screened Andy Warhol’s variations of Hollywood stars’ portraits, Campbell’s Soup cans or bottles of Coca-Cola. Here, however, we’re talking about photography. By questioning the codes present in popular imagery, Guillaume Zuili interrogates our collective memory and its relationship to symbols of American grandeur, by reducing them to variations that seem to go on forever. He also questions the relationship between photography and its reproducibility, its capacity to multiply reality. When the learned pictorial process of light, colour and matter is schemed and played out...

Virgin Spaceship, Mojave desert, California (2011)

Millionaires will soon be able to travel into space. The NASA relies on private contractors to achieve that goal. The company Virgin Galactic, based in New Mexico, has become the first commercial space company in 2009 thanks to its Space Ship One flights. Nowadays, the company is trying to cut the prices: so far, for just 200 000 dollars, you will fly 4 minutes at roughly 100 kilometres above the Earth, as soon as 2013. 430 persons have already subscribed. The competition is harsh to be the first to send tourists into space. Some commercials think farther: countless possibilities would open, in fields such as tourism or science…

L.A Dreams, USA (2011)

Guillaume Zuili continues the work he started with L.A Fragments, following the tracks of the American myth. In a country that keeps evolving, those tracks are captured through the pinhole of the photograph, who chooses to use a square format. From reflections on windows, which remind us of Guillaume Zuili’s work on superimposition, to figures vanishing in an urban jungle, this dreamed version of Los Angeles wears the attire of an America which has already disappeared.

USA, Los Angeles, One day in Miracle Mile (2010)

The stretch of Wilshire Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea in Los Angeles has long been known as the Miracle Mile. The remains of its Art Deco architecture testify to its overnight boom from farmlands to a thriving commercial centre during the 1920s. Here, the wonders of consumerism, success, and grandeur were granted a religious reverence. However, since the advent of the post-war shopping centre, the area has slipped into commercial decline. Suburban consumers were no longer attracted to the traffic and congestion of downtown centres. Nevertheless, today’s presence of three major institutions – the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and A + D Museum -...

California, Scrapmetal (2010)

Lost in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert, it is here that the American dream ends. With ten kilometers of dirt road until the first town, a break in the sky reveals the last resting place for the former glories of the American automobile industry. The several square kilometers yard is fenced in by the crushed and shredded remains of the cars themselves. However, we couldn’t simply wonder onto the grounds. We must wait for a guard whose sole responsability it is to open the gate in exchange for a mobile home for shelter and a bit of money to feed himself. The couple who lives there was homeless before moving in the desert. A few cars still running are their only means to...

Los Angeles Colorama (2009)


United-States, 29 Palms (2009)

Tiny town in Mojave Desert with two ressources that maintain it alive : tourists going to Joshua Tree and the Desert warfare training range for the Marines. This city crossed by Interstae 62 has an astonishing number of Mural Paintings. These walls becoming the memory of 29 Palms

USA, Joshua Tree National Park (2009)

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. It houses two distinct desert ecosystem : Colorado’s desert and Mojaves’ desert. (The Park was a favoured retreat for the hippy’s movement of Los Angeles in 1970s.)

USA, Foreclosure alley (2009)

"Foreclosure Alley" is now the nickname for Inland Empire which is in the vast Los Angeles Area. Along the 15 freeway hundreds of gated communities were created with their adjacent malls in less than five years. What was the american dream is now a tremendous nightmare with an astounding number of foreclosures. Now "For Sale" or "Bank Owned" signs are the new landscape.

USA, Bakersfield, Oil County (2008)

Situated two hours north of Los Angeles, between Mojave desert and Sequoia Park. Bakersfield, champion for the agriculture but above all for its oil supply.

Fragments serie (pinhole camera) (2008)

Guillaume Zuili carries on with his own exploration of the photographic technique. This «fragments series» is shot with a pinhole camera : a simple box with a hole in to let the light go through. This way the photographer tries to find again the gist of the picture production. In Zuili’s work, the technique is only important if it’s to help another type of searching : the urban exploration of a fantasy America, fixed in its past and popular culture greatness.

Go West, California (2007)

This story concludes a project filled with discoveries of California state cities. Black and white has replaced colour. The frame is filled with brand, modern symbols, leaving the city drawing its own map. The urban adventurer photographer succeeds to a photographer who can be overwhelmed by the city. The result is a metaphorical portrait of an area submerged by codes and images.

India : Pondichéry, Chandernagor, KarikaI, Yanaon and Mahé... (2003)

Pondichery, Chandernagor, Karikai, Yanaon and Mahé... Zuili magnifcally recreates the nostalgic atmosphere and emotion of those old trading posts whose exotic names are still enchanting our memories.

Books

Pondichéry

Pondichery, Chandernagor, KarikaI, Yanaon et Mahé... Guillaume Zuili restituent magnifiquement l'atmosphère nostalgique et l'émotion de ces comptoirs dont les noms exotiques enchantent encore nos mémoires.
Text by: Patrick mahé

Publisher: Editions du Chêne (2003)
140 pages
Size: 22 x 16 cm
ISBN :2842774744   

Les anciens comptoirs français de l'Inde


Text by: Deloche, Michalon, Okada, Karan Singh, Michaux, Eliade, Moravia, Taylor

Publisher: C&D (1992)
123 pages
ISBN :2-9506985-0-6   

Exhibitions



\"Smoke & Mirrors et L.A Chromos\" et \"Le constructivisme russe et L.A Dreams\" (Toulouse)
From 2015-09-05 to 2015-10-02

The works of Guillaume Zuili exposed at the Espace Saint-Cyprien as the Cultural Centre Bellegarde show that since his beginnings, his photographic work has continued to question the memory of cities. His work has however no a documentary vocation: be it Moscow or Los Angeles, his photographs are all exploring the cities, he reinvents, questioning their space, their temporality and perception. \"Smoke & Mirrors et L.A Chromos\" : Exposition du 5 Septembre au 2 Octobre 2015 à l\'espace Saint-Cyprien - 56 allées Charles-de-Fitte - 31300 Toulouse - FRANCE \"Le constructivisme russe et...

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Group Show: Foreclosed – Documents from the American Housing Crisis (New York)
From 2012-03-23 to 2012-06-08

The show examines how artists and documentarians are using photography to record the aftermath of the housing bubble, from its beginning in 2006 to the dramatic effects it still has on the American Landscape today. The collection depicts the ruins of rich and poor neighborhoods, as well as families affected by the downturn in the economy, and raises questions about the American Dream of owning a home and what that now means.

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Urban Exposure (Studio City)
From 2012-03-10 to 2012-04-01

Guillaume Zuili has been documenting history through his black & white and double exposures since he was 21. Through his extensive travels, he has constructed portraits of Paris, Berlin and Moscow, revealing their intricate layers of time and history. Since he move to LA from Paris in 2002, Zuili has dedicated himself to exploring urban universes. For Urban Exposure, Zuili presents a personal installation, recreating the intimacy of the photographer’s environment and studio. He features a series of light boxes created from collages of cut negatives and one-of-a-kind chromoskedasic...

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Smoke and mirrors, Los Angeles 2007–2010 (Los Angeles)
From 2010-11-11 to 2010-03-12

"As I was arriving in Los Angeles in 2002 with my european eyes, I had in mind a number of images inspired by some film noir as "Asphalt Jungle", directed by John Huston and "The Big Heat" directed by Fritz Lang and books like those of Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, James Ellroy. I started to search for traces of the legendary LA to get to a sad facts: it wasn't anymore. Did it really exist one day ? Was it just an cinematographic illusion ?"

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Smoke and mirrors, Los Angeles 2007–2009 (Paris)
From 2010-10-07 to 2010-11-27

"As I was arriving in Los Angeles in 2002 with my european eyes, I had in mind a number of images inspired by some film noir as "Asphalt Jungle", directed by John Huston and "The Big Heat" directed by Fritz Lang and books like those of Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, James Ellroy. I started to search for traces of the legendary LA to get to a sad facts: it wasn't anymore. Did it really exist one day ? Was it just an cinematographic illusion ?"

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Foreclosure Alley (DZ Breda )
From 2010-09-16 to 2010-10-24

BredaPhoto proposes visions of 50 photographers from all over the world show us their vision on the present world that is up side down. Among them, Guillaume Zuili with his series " Foreclosure Alley ". This title evokes the nickname for Inland Empire which is in the vast Los Angeles Area. Along the 15 freeway hundreds of gated communities were created with their adjacent malls in less than five years. What was the american dream is now a tremendous nightmare with an astounding number of foreclosures. Now "For Sale" or "Bank Owned" signs are the new landscape.

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Exposed Cities (Lisboa)
From 2009-09-22 to 2009-11-21


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The Alchemists (Toronto)
From 2009-03-12 to 2009-04-26


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Exposed Cities (Los Angeles)
From 2008-06-21 to 2008-08-09

Couturier Gallery is delighted to present French photographer, Guillaume Zuili, in his solo exhibition opening June 21st. The exhibition will include photographs of urban landscape, addressing the interaction between urbanism, nature, and humans. These photographs, like fossils, expose layers of various shapes and forms of buildings, and street culture “producing ghost like qualities, symbolic of lost moments and untold narratives.”Guillaume Zuili (b. 1965, France) travels to cities of his own continent, documenting through his camera and Polaroid film, architectural diversities of old,...

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