Marc Sommer

Born in 1970 - France


Born in 1970 in Strasbourg, where he still lives and works today, Marc Sommer
pursued at first administrative, commercial and financial studies in Nice, and then
went to Heidelberg and Vienna to study German literature.

From 1996, he regularly travelled in Eastern Europe and began practicing analog photography as an amateur. In 2005, he completed his first novel, La Pratique du patin à glace par mauvais temps.
In 2007, he began working with digital photography and, in 2010, encouraged by the
photographer Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand, he started his first important series under
the title The apologists.

As a self-taught photographer, Marc Sommer has been creating his own universe for
several years, but without showing any of his pictures to the public until now. He creates
a universe where invented objects go alongside characters within staged scenes, often
involving his own relatives. Completely brand new, this amazing body of work describes
a paradoxical world, filled with fantasy but also with cruel and unexpected humor.
Refusing the easy use of Photoshop, the photographer patiently built his composition
with a great formal requirement. Highly symbolic, his photographs are like visual
parables - deliberately disturbing - about the human condition, fed with the artist’s
empathy and irony

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