Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq is a French photographer born in Paris. He graduated from the French National School for Decorative Artts in 1986 at which point he started his career in photography.

Darzacq has published several books of his work and has exhibited extensively in his home country and around the world [Reference 1].

Part 1 – Project 3: Stillness and movement

Exercise 1.12: Smash!

As part of the exercise Smash! we were asked to research the work of Denis Darzacq. HIs works Hyper [Reference 2] and Act involve freezing motion.

In Hyper he has captured people who appear to be levitating within the aisles of a hypermarket. None of the individuals are being held up by any means. The motion of each has been frozen by the camera to give the impression that they are levitating.

Some of the images appear quite simple in that Darzacq has captured a person while they were moving in a somewhat ordinary manner. Other images give the impression that the photographer has caught the action at a fortuitous moment, as in the image of the young woman diving through the air; has she tripped perhaps?

Other images have a much stranger tone, for instance where people are hanging in the air, their bodies in strange positions, or appear to be being pulled backwards through the air or even where they look to be walking on air.

Capturing images like this must have taken a lot of planning for what must have required taking a great number of shots to get that single image each time.

Pursuading people to throw themselves to the ground in a hypermarket aisle must have taken a lot of work. I’m pretty sure that most people I know certainly wouldn’t do that.

From looking at Darzacq’s work it is obvious that capturing action in a reall impresssive way takes a lot of thought, effort and persistence. Attempting to smash eggs to get that one singular image that stands out certainly means brweaking more than a dozen.



  1. Laurence Miller Gallery. Denis Darzacq. Available at: Accessed: 20th October 2017.
  2. Lensculture. Hyper. Available at: Accessed: 20th October 2017.

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