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Born in 1948, Yannig Hedel has been pursuing the marks of time on the urban architecture, day after day, season after season, and, in so doing, has spent the last 40 years building a remarkable and coherent body of work. He started his photographic journey at the age of 22, and, over time, set up a collection of various geometric shapes captured in the city, turning simple gables into pyramids, and banal chimneys into monumental sandglasses. While everything around him is accelerating, Yannig Hedel takes his time. And more precisely, he takes photographs of time itself! Street walker, he has rigorously captured the shadows, these ephemeral shapes made of light and time, to illustrate the passage of time. In all modesty, he has invented a new street photography, turning it into something formal, poetic and definitely silent. The way he plays with light and time, is purely figurative but also flirts with abstraction. As such his work could be defined as 'abstract reality'.     
Exhibited throughout Europe, but also in Mexico and Japan, his photographs an compositions have been showed in more than thirty solo exhibitions and is now part of several museum collections including those of Arles, Strasbourg, Châlon-sur-Saône, Charleroi (Belgium) and Stuttgart (Germany). The retrospectives which took place in Lyon (France), at the 'Musée de l'Elysée' in Lausanne (Switzerland), and at the 'Musée Réattu' in Arles, gave us the opportunity to fully understand his singular life-time work, it being both obsessive and evolutive.
Whether he walks the street of his home town or as he stares at the city from his apartment window, Yannig Hedel pursues his relentless quest and offers us a never-ending enchantement.    




2018 - Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris
2013 - La Spirale, Médiathèque Le Toboggan, Décines
2012 - Galerie Vrais Rêves (“Racines”)
2010 - Bibliothèques de Lyon
2007 - Institut Français de Prague + Galerie 4 à Kladno, Czech Republic
2004 - Galerie Vrais Rêves (“La rose des vents”)
2001 - Musée REATTU, Arles (“Arles, soleils tournants”)
2000 - Institut Français de Dresde, Germany (“De Labore Solis”)
Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
1998 - Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Galerie Vrais Rêves (“D’ombres et de lumière”)
1996 - Musée de l' Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Centre d' Art Contemporain de Rueil-Malmaison
1995 - Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon / Part-Dieu (“Heures blanches”)
Espace St Cyprien, Toulouse (“De Labore Solis”)
1993 - Galerie Bild - Aarau, Switzerland
Galerie Vrais Rêves (“De Labore Solis“)
1992 - Gal. Foto Med. Art / Château de Wojnovice-Wroclaw, Poland
1989 - Espace St Cyprien, Toulouse (“Bribes & Fragments”)
1988 - CAP Musée de Villefranche s/ Saône (“Monolithe”)
1987 - Galerie Lindemanns, Stuttgart, Allemagne
Galerie Vrais Rêves (“Monolithe”)
1985 - Galerie J.P.Lambert, Paris IV
1984 - Artothèques d’ Annecy, de Grenoble, Saint Brieuc and B.M. Givors
1983 - CAP Musée de Villefranche s/ Saône (“Accrochage 83”)
Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon


2015 - “Opus”, Musée Réattu, Arles
2011 - “Sur mesure”, Musée Réattu, Arles
“Fragments”, Musée d'Art contemporain de Strasbourg
Laval Labirhynt, Germany, Poland
2009 - “Chambres d’écho”, Musée Réattu Arles
“Mai de la Photographie 2009”, Quimper
“Nuages...“, Musée A. Malraux, Le Havre
“Lyon, des photographes...”, Musée des moulages
“Grottes et cavernes”, URDLA, Villeurbanne
2008 - “Carte blanche à Christian Lacroix...”, sélection collections Musée Réattu, Arles
2007 - Galerie “L’Usine”, Lyon
2006 - “Au fil du temps”, Pignan
2005 - “Seeing oneself”, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Mexico, Morocco, Japan
Collection Jacques Py, Médiathèque, Nantes
2004 - “Forte Impression”, URDLA Villeurbanne
2003 - “XL”, La collection photographique d’Arles, Musées Réattu, Arles Antique et Le Capitole
2002 - “Fragments d’azur”, Musée de l’Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland
“Europa, l’esprit des villes”, Septembre de la photographie, Lyon
Galerie Sztuki, Klodzko, Poland
“Portrait d’une collection”, Musée Réattu / Fondation MAEGHT St Paul de Vence
2001 - Galerie Spectrum, Saragosse (Espagne)
“Fragments d’azur”, L’Espace Suisse, Strasbourg
“Le regard du photographe”, Artothéque de Lyon
1997 - “Le temps à l’œuvre”, Artothèques de Caen & Vitré
1995 - “Paysages...”, Musée de Chambéry
1992 - “Visages, paysages, et autres rivages”, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels
1991 - Jubilé Galerie Lindemanns / Présentation Collection Werner Gotze - Stuttgart
“Salon Découvertes 91” (sélection Bibliothèque Nationale.), Grand Palais, Paris
1990 - “La conversation”, Collection de photographie Contemporaine du Musée de Strasbourg
1985 - S.I.R.P. Royan, 1985 (Premier prix N & B)
Présentation de la Collection Bert Hartkamp, Château de Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
1984 - “Sols/Murs”, Musées de Rouen, Le Havre, Evreux, Troyes, Caen, La Roche S/Yon.
“La photographie créative”, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
“Images & Imaginaires d’Architecture”,» Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
“L'Architecture : sujet, objet, ou prétexte”, Le Mans, Naples
1981 - “Figures en façade”, E.L.A.C./ Lyon


Yannig Hedel, “Quarter Past Twelve” (English subtitles)
Relentless street walker, Yannig Hedel has been tracking the race of time on the urban architecture for 50 years, day after day, season after seasons, and offers us an extensive and coherent lifetime body of work. Yannig Hedel talks about his work in this flash interview.
Courtesy Galerie Thierry Bigaignon