Denis Darzacq. La Chute

For La Chute [The Fall], Denis Darzacq uses a photographic technique that contrasts two possible realities without the application of digital manipulations. On the one hand, the backdrop of the city with its generic and soulless architecture, and on the other, the honesty and power of these bodies in action, which refuse to submit or be silenced.

The models are young people of the urban areas of the city, who Darzacq compares to “knights of modern times” who “know how to combine work and discipline, and to defy the laws of gravity and weightlessness”.


Denis Darzacq was born and raised in Paris where he still lives and works. He graduated from the  École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) in 1986 and started his photographic career documenting the French rock scene. Since 1999, on commission of the Ministry of Culture, he has performed a project on the French youth. Darzacq won the 2007 World Press Photo prize in the Arts & Entertainment category for his series La chute and the prestigious French Niépce prize in 2012. He authored many books and his works have been exhibited in France and abroad, including in Centre Pompidou and FNAC.