French photographer born in 1968, Ronan Guillou lives in Paris where he has been working as a professional photographer since 1997. In the early 2000s, he began his first personal photographic investigations of American urban spaces, conducted alongside advertising and other commissions for French and international magazines. The United States gradually became Guillou's main subject and is the ongoing inspiration for an odyssey in color across the America of this new millennium. His approach aims to combine both documentary intent and formal exploration, and allows luck and chance encounters to steer the narrative.
In 2011, the artist's observations of contemporary America were assembled in a first photography book entitled “Angel” and prefaced by the filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders.
Since this publication, other works have been produced or are still in the making, all of them take place on the American soil. Amongst these projects we can find the series “Country Limit”:
“Country Limit”, whose title refers to the ‘City Limit’ sign posted at the outskirts of every American town, observes the social and topographical characteristics at the frontier of several American cities, a place where the city edge leads into the vast natural landscape. “Country Limit” recounts the rich and complex ties that bind civilization and nature, man and territory. The projected was selected for the 2013 edition of the Festival Voies Off at Arles, France, shortlisted for the Prix Roger Pic 2013 and will be exhibited in Paris in 2014.
Ronan Guillou has been represented by NextLevel Galerie since 2010.