Clément Paradis



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Born in 1983. Founder of Timeshow Press. Photographer and writer by night, book designer and teacher by day (sometimes I switch). Also translator for Stanley Greene, Anders Petersen & Max Pam.


La catastrophe prend son destin en main
How lucky are we? We are part of the first civilisation which is not immersed in its time and art, and which likes to travel through different histories and aesthetics. It's a world of désœuvrement, of "inoperativity", as Agamben puts it. So I use photography as it is: a medium for a time which refuses to be itself, which escapes in the labyrinth of senses and symbols in order to elude what it is. And it's okay, I'm like that too.

In our Grand Hotel facing the Abyss, on the edge of nothingness, we have the chance to confront the big flux of images. Photography can get you everything, and spark infinite combinations. This is why I don't consider my photographs as proper "documents". In the end, the only thing that photography really documents is the confusion of (and in) time and space, and this is how I intend to use it. At the core of this confusion is the void we intend to fill with images. This is why I continue to take photographs, and organize them in books acting as little worlds. Photography, in Occident, is total aesthetics: if you keep on practicing it, you slowly descend to the core of the present humanity, where everything keeps on connecting and disconnecting simultaneously. In Japan, photography may be total art: it catalyses forces to renew the visions of the world. I have the chance to be able to wander in both worlds.

Through this proverbial spectacle we live in, I try to use photography as a big equalizer, a means to negociate with the environment and this "soft world" we built. It's a fragile equilibrium I observe: in order not to disappear, we have now to let the world go through us, in photography - I think it's a painful but seductive process. My first monograph was published in 2014 - title: Sound of Midnight. It was just the beginning!

Selected exhibitions:


« DUST », Voies Off, Arles, France

« Black Liquor, Night Color », Gallery Niépce, Tokyo, Japan (exhibition w/ Maki)

« Disparition », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition w/ Jordi Ballesta & Kevin Boudot)


« Alcool noir », UHH Fest. 7, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition + street exhibition w/ Royx)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2016, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« 1 min 1 artist », Cinémas Méliès, Saint-Etienne, France (projection)

« Lequel tu préfères ? » by Jacques Barry, Galerie l'Antilope, Lyon, France (as a curator)


« La Fototeca's Photo Book exhibition », La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« Phosphènes », Voies Off, Arles, France

« FORMULES », Société Stéphanoise d'Enchères, Saint-Etienne, France (artist's book)


« H Book Show », Doomed Gallery, Dalston, Londres, Royaume-Uni (photobook)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2014, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Timeshow 5 », Photobook Shop, Arles, France (as a curator)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)


« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie La Niche, Paris, France (as a curator)

« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie Philippe Durand, Saint-Etienne, France (as a curator)


« Le Rouge & le Noir », La Réserve, Saint-Etienne, France


« L’Architecture d’une mémoire », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France


Fedrigoni Awards finalist 2016 (for 春爛漫 Haru Ranman)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2016 (for Killjoy - Gâche Noël)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2015 (for Video Waffles - Anamnog)