Thibaut Ketterer is a native of Chambery, in the Savoie region of the French Alps. His passion for photography began in 2007, during a period of travel (Sweden, US, Ireland). Between 2010 and 2014 Ketterer documented 45,000km of life on the road in Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Latvia) with punk bands The Traders and Nichiels.
Ketterer has since moved to Canada to study photography at the Cégep de Matane, and graduated in May 2015. During his studies, he developed a preference for documentary and artistic photography, which are evident in his exhbitions The Hunt and Exodus 138. For Ketterer, the key to good documentary photography is developing rapport with subjects and creating a realistic portrayal of their experiences.
His work can be found in various exhibitions and publications in Canada, France, Belgium, Italy, Georgia, and USA.
My photography focuses on the place of individuals in our society, as well as their way of transforming the spaces they inhabit.
I explore a number social issues through my work; tradition, rural life, individuals’ sense of attachment to home, juxtaposing mentalities of the old and the young, as well as societal acceptance of homosexuality.
Through rapport-building and spending time in my subjects’ spaces, I am able to develop subject-directed visual content based on their personal narratives. It is my belief that minimalist, documentary-style observation of places, objects, people, and daily life reveals the history and personality of a community. I have a strong preference for choosing subjects through chance encounter in environments on the margins of urban life, where I can explore the relationship between tradition and modernity.
In future works I will continue to explore these themes by shifting focus to individuals’ adaptations to contemporary society in city life and urban migration among youth.