“Dolores Marat is to photography what Edith Piaf is to the French song. These photographs are born out of fortuitous but violent encounters, like flashes of lightning.” – Pascal Bonafoux
Dolores Marat's photographs have an extraordinarily dreamlike quality – as if we are drifting in and out of consciousness. They are moments as fleeting as the flicker of a TV screen – strangely disturbing and unsettling, drawing out our deepest sense of unease about contemporary urban life. Deserted places, abandoned objects, people seen from the back in transitory places, airport corridors or subway escalators are recurring subjects of her work.
Dolores Marat lives and works in Paris. She has exhibited throughout the world, including a major one-person show at the Photographers Gallery, London. Her last book Edges, received considerable critical acclaim both in Europe and the States. It is an image of the city – any city – as if seen by a sleep-walker drifting in and out of consciousness. The players in this urban dream are indistinct. At times appearing against theatrical backdrops of washed out colours or suddenly, as the focus shifts, sharp against the cold, dull steel of an escalator. But always they seem somehow to be on the edge of reality.