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Clément Chapillon


Gaston Deschamps (1861-1931), La Grèce d'aujourd'hui (Paris, Armand Colin, 1892), p.225

Cover illustration:

Nikita Michelsen

In his new series, Clément Chapillon explores the notion of geographical and mental isolation through an island space in the Aegean Sea. If the word "isolated" literally means "shaped like an island", we can rightly ask ourselves what form do the time, the other, beliefs and the imaginary take in this finite world bordered by the infinite.


For the past twenty years, Clément Chapillon has been regularly visiting the island of Amorgos, located in the heart of the Greek archipelago of the Cyclades. With his Plaubel Makina 67 (medium format analogue camera), he has put together a narrative in images that is both documentary and metaphorical about the contradictory feelings provoked by the insularity of this rocky, arid and wild territory.

The series is named from a passage of "Greece today" (« La Grèce d’aujourd’hui ») by the French archaeologist and writer Gaston Deschamps, published in 1892 and whose work is partly devoted to Amorgos. In this travelogue, he describes the landscapes, the inhabitants’ life, the local traditions but also his work on the spot and his feelings, in a lyrical and old-fashioned style. These words echoed the feelings of the photographer who, from a single page, collected fragments of text that made sense to him. By a work of erasure, he voluntarily erased the major part to let appear only words and pieces of sentences used as palimpsest to try to reproduce island sensations.



French (& English translation booklet)

152 pages

79 photographs

Graphic Design : Joanna Starck

Format: 20.00 x 31.00 cm

Bodonian binding, visible stitching


-     Constellation Snow

-     Munken Lynx

-     Translucents Nude

Print run: 750 copies

ISBN: 978-2-9576132-1-2



Clément Chapillon explores the territories, its men, and the ties that bind them, through a personal writing borrowed from "poetic realism". His narratives, at the boundary between the real and the imaginary, draw from current testimonies or old writings to document the geographical and mental space of places.

His first feature documentary "Promise me a Land" explored the different dimensions of the promised land in Israel/Palestine.

In his new series " Les rochers fauves ", for which he received the support of the Fondation des Treilles in 2019, he questions the notion of insularity by documenting the duality, isolation and memory of an island in the Aegean Sea.

He is the co-founder of the documentary production studio Unforeseen.

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