Once upon a time…
Passions can be discovered at any age. Following a career spent entirely working in the automobile industry, Pierre Gély-Fort turned to photography in his sixties, following a health problem. Now retired from his previous life, he is a young photographer.
Met on the occasion of a portfolio assessment at Polka in 2017, I was immediately seduced by his way of capturing real-life moments suffused with a timeless air, rather like an enchanted merry-go-round where nothing is quite right.
Troubling snapshots and intriguing figures seem to have come directly from some Eastern European fiction. An untidy kitchen with rows of knifes and machetes hanging by magnets from the pastel blue wall; two smiling women in a sun-filled café flaunting two syringes; a close-up of a stray dog with odd-coloured eyes…
A certain air of Surrealism pervades Pierre’s photographs, taken over the course of various journeys to Siberia, Crimea, Georgia and Bulgaria. None of these photographs are accompanied by captions. Like a fairy tale, Pierre’s work represents a journey outside time, where everyone can relate their own story.
Director of Photography of Polka Magazine
Pierre Gély-Fort was born one winter’s day in 1954, in Algiers. The Sirocco wind pushed him and his family to a forced departure, in 1962, back to France.
Following car mechanics and electrical studies in Argenteuil, he began his career in France, before embarking on the life of an expat overseas. For over twenty-five years, he worked in Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
After forty-two years working exclusively in the car industry, a serious health problem would force him to take early retirement.
He then turned his attention to photography and took a photography course at Les Gobelins in late-2015, as well as a number of photography workshops, two of which were with the French photographer of Slovenian origin, Klavdij Sluban.
Following this, he travelled to Crimea, Siberia, Georgia, Bulgaria, and most recently to Transylvania and Japan. In order to give life and meaning to his work, he self-publishes his books of photographs taken over the course of his various travels.
This led him to attract the attention of the Galerie Agathe Gaillard, where director Fiona Sanjabi plans to exhibit his work.
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