The photographic image is the compression of time and three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional, miniature form. This new object can travel all over the world, instantaneously, in the form of prints or digital files. This is one of the unique features of the medium; it allows one moment in time, at one location to easily move to anywhere else in the world.
Léo Delafontaine's project involves two elements. The first are portraits that he has taken on the Trocadéro of people taking photographs of the Eiffel Tower. The second are the photographs of the Tower taken by the visitors themselves. Delafontaine collected these simply by asking the photographers to send him their results. By marrying the two sets of images together, Delafontaine connects one moment in time to different locations across the world. Meanwhile, the image of the Eiffel Tower, created by the visitors, travels back to France, where Delafontaine lives.
—Paul Wombell, curator and art director of France(s) Territoire Liquide. Former director of the Photographers’ Gallery in London (1994-2005).
Editor's Note: Léo Delafontaine's work was featured in the exhibition France(s) Territoire Liquide, which was part of the photography festival Transphotographiques held in Lille, France between June 5 and July 7, 2014.