Alain Delorme is a French photographer who lives and works in Paris. He was awarded the Arcimboldo prize. The series Little Dolls questions the identity of the little girls who are playing with their looks as contestants of beauty contests. Through a pixel surgery as Alain Delorme puts it, he captures and changes the girls' looks and brings a sour criticism of how our society uses innocence. Today, aesthetics is more present than ever. In a society where the image takes a full part in the daily environment, we’re facing a phenomenon of normalization. The “Lolita phenomenon” keeps growing, really ingrained in our society. These baby women can be seen everywhere: on TV, in magazines, films, etc… Alain Delorme’s series Little Dolls questions this phenomenon.
In 2010 Alain Delorme has been granted the Ai Ling Foundation residency program and has since then made multiple trips to China in order to prepare his series Totems. The new Totems series by Alain Delorme plunges us into the core of contemporary China and its complexity. Under the blue sky of a highly colored Shanghai, men carry throughout the city unbelievable piles. These precarious columns made of cardboard or chairs appear as new totems of a society in complete transformation, both a factory for the world and a new El Dorado of the market economy. While one is usually fascinated by the delusion of grandeur of Chinese society, Alain Delorme chooses to focus on the individuals running around the city. In terms of form, the author diverges from a documentary style and its affected neutrality, still adopting some frontality. The image is organized in horizontal strata, like in an archeological section. From the sidewalk to the building, the grounds are positioned at intervals and allow different urban temporalities to coexist: the everyday life, the ephemeral, the unceasing move of the passers-by, and the great transformations, building sites and new towers. Beyond the balance of these compositions, the author breaks the rules of the documentary genre, playing with the edit and the color to present us a type of “augmented reality”, bringing into light the paradoxes of the most dynamic city of China.
His last series, Murmurations, is a series of photographs of ephemeral plastics sculptures. The harmony of the overall composition and the density of color photographs seduces the viewer until he pays attention to detail and realize that what seemed to be birds are plastic bags. Alain Delorme denounces the blind exaltation that the viewer can have and grows to take a step back to the image and the importance of the environmental problem that are the plastic bags.