Downtown Corrida: Photos by Alban Lecuyer
A series of photomontages in which images of the destruction of old buildings are inserted into urban settings with human witnesses to make it seem like the event is happening in front of them.
This project is about how cities change as the time goes by; how new and old architectures overlap in urban spaces like the superposition of geological strata. Through photomontages, the series Downtown Corrida transpose buildings of historic interest in demolition yards, and focus on the very moment of their implosion. Three-hundred-year-old town houses become suddenly as precarious and unsteady as the obsolete large public housing units that fill European suburbs. By stopping the movement of the fall, I intend to initiate a reflection about the urban time scale. How long before a complete change of our surroundings? What kind of housing will be preserved or destroyed? Finally, the technique of photomontage forms an allegory of the urban sedimentation process.Alban Lecuyer is a photographer based in Paris, France.