Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Laurent Bochet

Imagine the smell! In February 2008, Deyrolle, the two hundred year-old Parisian taxidermy institution on Rue du Bac, was virtually destroyed by a fire, and although nobody was hurt the store’s antique stuffed menagerie was decimated. Curious to see what had happened, photographer Laurent Bochet contacted the owner - a friend - and discovered a surreal, apocalyptic scene at the shop. Seeing an opportunity too good to miss, he photographed the charred, maimed specimens in the burnt-out location, and the resulting series is something pretty unique. Below are a selection of Bochet’s shots, which will appear in a forthcoming book, 1000ยบ C, published by Assouline.

All images © Laurent Bochet

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