I created this slide show with Scott Thode specifically for an outdoor projection on a huge screen to an audience of 3,000 people during the LOOK 3 Festival in Charlottesville curated by Kathy Ryan -Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine- in 2011.
Martine Fougeron’s Tête-à-Tête project is a series of intimate portraits of the photographer’s two adolescent sons and their friends in New York and in France.
It spans the period of the boys’ adolescence between the ages of 13 and 20. The series, naturally observed, is a face-to-face engagement of the mother- photographer with the private world of two brothers and their teen tribe. The work explores adolescence as a liminal state, between childhood and adulthood, between the feminine and the masculine, and between innocence and a burgeoning self-identity. The focus is on the adolescents’ heightened states of minds.

Fougeron’s inspiration for the series derived from Dutch painting, especially Vermeer’s mysterious domestic scenes, and she was also influenced by cinema, with particular regard for the dramatic effects of set lighting and mise-en-scène.

The work is subdivided in seven sub-series, which are chronological as well as thematic, capturing different states of consciousness and of rites of passages. The final Tête-à-Tête Series VII “After Prom” focuses on the After Prom- a strongly evocative and emotional rite of passage of Adolescence to Adulthood-.

A book will be published with Steidl in 2012-2013.

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