Thomas Flechtner was born in 1961 in Winterthour, Switzerland. After studying photography at the Ecole d’arts appliqués of Vevey, he won numerous prizes in Swiss and European competitions. In parallel, his works were exposed from Milan to Paris, via New York and many Swiss towns.
A photographer of snow and silence, he concentrates his sight on the traces mankind leaves in his environment. Thus his works on the Alpine mountain passes or on la Chaux de Fonds in winter never show any human beings and remind us constantly of this confrontation. In another titanic work, he himself builds temporary traces of light which underline, through a magnification, the topography of snowy and deserted landscapes. In Antartica, this icy no man’s land, he explores the limits of perception of space, there where earth and sky mix in a great white silence, where man is incapable of acting on his surroundings. Thus, from sublimation to utilitarian transformation, Flechtner asks the question of the space that mankind occupies in space and time, opposite of a nature which imposes limits onto him.
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