In the fourth episode of Picture Perfect, VBS visits Vincent Fournier in Paris to discuss his distinct style that merges fantasy with reality in photographs of rockets, otherworldly landscapes, research facilities and cosmonauts. We then travel with Fournier to the NASA Kennedy Space Center before the last space shuttle launch.
Vincent explores the dynamics of human and robot relations, its implications and aesthetics.
Born in Burkina Faso, Paris-based photographer Vincent Fournier spent the majority of his childhood in Brittany, France. Fournier’s frequent visits to the Paris science museum Palais de la Découverte (Palace of Discovery) as a child planted the seeds for what would become the focus of his work.
Influenced by the likes of Hergé, Jules Verne and Jacques Tati, Fournier’s photographs mix fantasy with a firm grip on reality, often drawing comparisons to Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. He has photographed the world’s most prominent space organizations including Gagarine Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow (Russia), Mars Desert Research Station in Utah (US), observatories in the Atacama Desert (Chile) and the Guyana Space Center in Kourou (French Guiana).