A great landscape photographer who died before his time early in 2017, Thibaut Cuisset spent his life travelling the world to capture images of out-of-the-ordinary places.
For Thibaut Cuisset, “taking photographs means travelling”.
Seeking out noonday light, he preferred pared-down scenes devoid of shadow, encouraging contemplation and inspiring a unique sense of peace, as in the images of the Loire and Iceland presented at Chaumont-sur-Loire this winter.
“Thibaut Cuisset’s photographic work is carried out in successive campaigns, with a different country as the subject of each series. And in these generally rather lengthy campaigns, in which location gradually dissolves away in the shot itself, no room is left for improvisation or accident, all the less so as this is the very opposite of reporting: a country is not the setting for a piece of news that needs covering or for a mass of intimations that need capturing, but rather for a set of landscapes whose essence is revealed bit by bit, via fixed scenes that are like so many hideaways. Turkey, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, the Loire area, and others that have slipped my mind, have all been visited and prospected [...]”. L’Étendue de l’Instant by Jean-Christophe Bailly.
Thibaut Cuisset was born in Maubeuge in 1958 and died in Paris in 2017. From the 1980s onwards, he devoted himself to photographing the world’s landscapes, from Namibia to Japan via Venezuela, Syria and France (in Corsica, Brittany, the Loire Valley, Normandy and Hérault among other locations).