Grégory Gaydu

Born in 1987 - France


Grégory Gaydu (born in 1987), a photographic artist with a highly intimate style, has lived and worked in Paris for 10 years. A graduate of Lycée Brassaï, he started his career in 2007 and co-founded the MAD Photographie collective. His travels and encounters fuel his creativity work and are the subject of his early exhibitions. A two-year break follows. In 2012, he exorcised the suffering he had experienced with 'Noir Foncé – Chapitre 1', a project that brought him recognition and earned him an award at the first edition of the Su-ture Contest in 2013. In November 2013, Galerie Be-Espace selects Grégory Gaydu to present his artwork in the exhibit : What's up ? 4 Photo Worlds.

Matter cracks under the strain of powerful emotion. Hiding behind a mask of apparent calm, substance and feeling collide like opposing winds: screaming the silence they impose, mute witnesses of suffering or vocal
expressions of pain. Grégory Gaydu prepares the figures who appear in his photographs: he creates the setting, chooses the background music, sets the scene. His eye glued to the viewfinder, he waits patiently for
the last moment. The magic of the instant and the mystery of the impalpable find their way onto the film. Whatever he chooses to show, one thing is sure: only featureless lives produce smooth faces. Flashes of white – a glance, a smile, a fingernail - pierce through the omnipresent, omnipotent black. The eye of the viewer must get used to this blackness: it then becomes all the more incisive, discerning the beating heart and the
wavering soul in these stone masks and caskets of clay. The essence of humanity has gone to ground, burying itself without quite falling silent; now at last it springs from the frame, fully itself, brutally but entirely true.

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"Noir Foncé", Les 3 Arts, Paris, France


"What's up ? 4 Photo Worlds", Galerie Be-Espace, Paris, France


Winner, Su-ture Contest

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