Filipino lensman exhibits with Alliance Française

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Photographer Briccio Santos’ images of famed French flea market Clignancourt

Photographer Briccio Santos’ images of famed French flea market Clignancourt

The Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), with the Embassy of France, is all set to present Clignancourt, an exhibition featuring 28 large photographs on the world-famous Parisian flea market by Briccio Santos.

Santos’ follow up verse and photography book of the same title, printed in full color, will also be launched during the said event.

Clignancourt, a flea market in the outskirts of Paris, is known as the largest flea market in the world.

During the late 90s, visiting Clignancourt became a ritual for Santos, who spent many days immersed in browsing through old antiques and objects on display. As the artist explained in his preface, “It was always the thought of possibly owning pieces of history or finding curious old objects that would resonate to my Asian sensibilities.”


Returning to the flea market twelve years later brought back memories that inspired this creative expression. Through the camera lens, Santos found aesthetic cohesion in the colorful visual clutter found in the famous Parisian flea market.

Santos further realized that within the unusual composition of each photograph, a narrative could be found through verses.

The Manila-born artist received most of his education and artistic training abroad, principally in Europe and the United States. In 1969, Santos undertook his photographic apprenticeship in Germany under Atelier Herbert Zimmermann in Düsseldorf. He then moved to Paris in the late ‘90s with his family and lived there for almost a decade, during which time he exhibited at Galerie Duroc and Accatone.

French-flea220150715Santos’ travels overseas have engrained in him a deep appreciation of various cultures, which is apparent in his works that have garnered acclaim ever since his first photography collection, Chairs, which was also shot in France, was exhibited in the Intercon Gallery of Manila in 1976.

Paradox of Silence, Santos’ first narrative photography book published in 2004, observed fragments of life in Paris through black-and-white photographs and word verses. Clignancourt will be Santos’ follow-up verse and photography book, printed in full color.

The exhibition’s opening night is on July 16 at the Alliance Total Gallery, and the show will run until September 11. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be graced by His Excellency, French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon.

For more information, call 895-7585 or 895-7441.

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