Pierre-Elie de Pibrac


In Situ  Using a modified view camera, Pierre Elie de Pibrac produced a series of photo shots within the very walls of the Palais Garnier. A joint endeavour with the ballerinas, these 14 photos were shot using a very wide angle lens. The artist pays homage to the beauty of the Charles Garnier building while respecting the rules of perspective. This 180 degree view that highlights the contrast between the fragility of the performers and the strength of the building, brings to life the constant interplay of dialogue between the monument and the dancers.

Pierre-Elie de Pibrac was born in Paris in 1983. In 2005 he tried out photography for the first time, producing a series of urban landscapes in New York. His first images won several prizes and competitions organized by magazines like Paris Match and Photo, or mobile phone companies such as Orange and SFR. In 2009, soon after graduating from a renowned business school, he decided to devote himself fully to photography. With an ability to move energetically between different photographic realms, during the 2013-2014 season, the artist decided  to follow the ballet dancers of the Opéra de Paris. Immersed in the life of the dance company and behind the scenes of the Garnier and Bastille operas, he adapted his lens with great sensitivity to the subject at hand.

This project illustrates in 14 works the sustained echo within the walls of the majestic Palais Garnier and the dancers of the ballet company. Photographed with a rigged view camera, this series highlights the immenseness of this theatre and its influence on the dancers who move about within it. The finished product that emerged from it was an exhibition and a most beautiful 368 page book called “In Situ: dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris” (In Situ – Behind the Scenes of the Opéra de Paris), published by Clémentine de la Feronnière. This passionate photographic journey about ballet and the Palais Garnier is enriched with testimonies of étoile dancers and other famous dance personalities. "In Situ – Behind the Scenes of the Opéra de Paris" was exhibited in Paris during the Mois de la Photo Off 2014, in Miami in 2015 and at Paris Photo Los Angeles and Zona Maco Mexico fairs.

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