• SIODOS David

In the shadow of the livings

After many years of exploring the city and its suburbs, David Siodos realized that he was directing more towards people who were living differently, without imperative, without trick. As if he was naturally attracted by their grace, their presence, their particular charisma.

People in a hurry are more difficult to photograph and their body language seems to be under duress. Are they prisoners of their schedules ? Are we all ? Is time only a grid that allows us to apprehend reality, a grid that gives us the illusion of having a hold on it ? The busy people whose weeks are not necessarily scheduled, these men and women who stand outside of time, more in touch with reality ?

It is these questions that, he believes, motivate his excursions. He practices constantly questions the relationship between time and reality. On the scene of his shots, he uses filters that he slides in front of his lens. This gives him the impression that he is getting closer to a certain form of truth. Paradoxically, adding a filter allows him to remove the mask from his subject, just as sfumato allows to be more faithful about a painting.

The series "IN THE SHADOW OF THE LIVINGS" tries to capture floats. Minutes are the bars that separate our inner life from reality. He is watching for the distension of these bars. He sees each individual as a projection of himself. Isn’t our identity a story that we tell ourselves over and over again, refining it a little more each day? Aren’t we characters locked in their story? David Siodos wants to capture, in the beings he photographs, the point of fusion between their intimate fiction and a world that is beyond us.

All day long, he follows individuals who wander or live on the periphery of life, and who mix with the essence of things... To the point of no longer knowing himself if he is alive... Or simply a shadow.

La série « A L’OMBRE DES VIVANTS » tente de capter des flottements. Les minutes sont autant de barreaux qui séparent notre vie intérieure de la réalité. Je guette la distension de ces barreaux. Je vois chaque individu comme une projection de lui-même. Notre identité n’est-elle pas une histoire que l’on se raconte en boucle, en la peaufinant un peu plus chaque jour ? Ne sommes-nous pas des personnages enfermés dans leur histoire ? Je veux saisir, chez les êtres que je photographie, le point de fusion entre leur fiction intime et un monde qui nous dépasse.

A longueur de journée, je suis des individus qui errent ou habitent à la périphérie de la vie, et qui pour moi côtoient l’essence des choses… Au point de ne plus savoir moi-même si je suis vivant… Ou simplement une ombre.


There are photographers who report an event or an adventure, they are called reporters. And then, there are the photographers who travel around the world and whose work presents the things about life, a street, a passer-by, an expression. David Siodos falls into this category. His work is built around a desire to restore the pulse of the city. The place doesn’t matter, the unexpected is everywhere when you want to tame it. In 2017, he received the « Germaine Chaumel Prize » and decided to focus his attention on marginalized populations. In 2019, he presents his book "PERIPHERIQUE" (in collaboration with the poet Romain Lasserre) in which he shows authentic people he had met in these mysterious and unknown places that are the surroundings of the ring road. This work is presented at the Bernard Magrez Institute (Bordeaux) in January 2019. In his latest photographic series "A L’OMBRE DES VIVANTS", David Siodos looks at our relationship to time and proposes a dreamlike vision of our society. It presents a humanistic, unstructured and contemporary work.

Expositions individuelles

2016 : SPUTNIK Gallery (New-York, Etats-Unis)
2017 : Galerie du Fort (Montauban),
2018 : Galerie Bernard Magrez (Bordeaux), Galerie OPEN SPACE (Sète)
Chapelle des Dominicaines (Carcassonne)

Expositions collectives

2015 : Vincennes Images Festival (Vincennes)
2016 : Artistes à suivre (Aude), Moulins Albigeois (Albi)
2017 : Phot’Aix (Aix en Provence)
2019 : Espace point de vue (Lauzerte)

Publications et distinctions

« Jours Ordinaires » auto-édition (2014)
« Périphériques » auto-édition (2019)

Prix Germaine CHAUMEL, Académie du Languedoc 2016 (Toulouse)
Prix de la photographie à l’institut Bernard Magrez 2017 (Bordeaux)