Florent Mattei

Born in 1970

Lives and works in Nice

Florent Mattei's photographic work combines his interest in composition, storytelling, and a form of committed relationship to the world. The often meticulous presentation of his works functions as a release mechanism that prompts a narrative. Whether he chooses to address the subject of youth and its subgroups (skaters, underground boxers, skinheads, etc.) or to confront our everyday lives with the horrors of bombings, his photographs are invariably conveyers of a bigger picture. What remains unseen in the frame of the picture therefore becomes an integral part of the work, the photographer's role relying on his ability to enable such a projection. Precision of composition is a recurring element in his work, which alternates studio shots (with painted backdrops) and pictures taken in determined (and organised) or more impromptu public spaces. Florent Mattei's photographs are starting points, origins that rely on reality to allow viewers to better understand and question it.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.