Thursday, 22 March 2012

Fabrice Fouillet

Striking, austere and minimal, the ecclesiastical architecture of modern churches and cathedrals built in the 20th Century is the subject of French photographer Fabrice Fouillet's latest series, entitled 'Corpus Christi'. Rewarding viewing at as large a size as possible (click on the thumbnails) Fouillet's images serenely capture the variations and permutations of these places of worship to striking effect. By applying the same rigorous camera set-up in each location, with the altar at the bottom of the frame and the vaulting or arching ceilings reaching toward the heavens taking up most of the frame, Fouillet shows different architects' attempts to represent - or maybe reach - the divine through architecture. Many of these churches caused an outcry when they were first built, such was their deviation from traditional notions of religious architecture, upsetting the more conservative members of the clergy; its fascinating to see these buildings, scattered around the globe, recorded like this. Other photographers have realised similar projects on more ornate or traditional church interiors, notably Ichiro Ono with his amazing 'Mexico Baroque' series, and more recently Cyril Porchet's 'Seduction' series. Fouillet's project is a great counterpoint to these, capturing a fascinating hymn to religious minimalism.

St Engelbert, Köln, Germany, completed 1931.
Architect: Dominicus Böhm

Notre Dame du Chene, Viroflay, France, completed 1966
Architect: Frères Sainsaulieu

Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz, Berlin, Germany, completed 1933
Architect: Fritz Hoger

St Thérèse, Metz, France, completed 1959
Architect: André Remondet

St Antonius, Basel, Switzerland, completed 1927
Architect: Karl Moser

St Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, USA, completed 1971
Architect: Pietro Belluschi

Santo Volto, Turin, Italy, completed 2006
Architect: Mario Botta

Notred Dame de Royan, Royan, France, completed 1958
Architect: Guillame Gillet

St Remy, Baccarat, France, completed 1957
Architect: Nicolas Kasiz

St Joseph, Le Havre, France, completed 1956
Architect: Auguste Perret

Maria Königin, Saarbrucken, Germany, completed 1959
Architect: Rudolf Schwarz

St Ludwig, Saarelouis, Germany, completed 1970
Architect: Gottfried Böhn

Christie Auferstehung, Koln, Germany, completed 1970
Architect: Gottfried Böhn

St Paulus, Saarbrucken, Germany, completed 1961
Architect: Fritz Thoma

All images © Fabrice Fouillet

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