Laetitia Casta by Dominique Issermann at the MEP in Paris

Model and actress Laetitia Casta is the center of an exhibition by photographer Dominique Issermann at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. On display are 33 photos, which were shot over three days at the iconic Thermes de Vals in Switzerland, which were designed by architect Peter Zumthor. The result is a “pas de deux”– a photographic choreography.

The project is a follow-up from Dominique Issermann’s book on Anne Rohart published by Schirmer et Mosel in 1987. The images are meant to give a sense of three people breathing: Laetitia Casta’s breathless emotion as she discovers the place and abandons herself to the unknown; Dominique Issermann holding her breath to capture the moments when Laetitia Casta fleetingly appears in the building; and Peter Zumthor, whose creative breath can be felt in the walls, stairs, pools and corridors. The black and white pictures reveal an almost ghostly use of light and bodies playing with the architecture of rock and water.

The pictures are also featured in a book by Xavier Barral Books, which on sale at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) as an accompaniment to the exhibit.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 7 rue de Fourcy 75004 / +33 (0)144787500
*Open Wednesday – Sunday
Ending Date: March 25, 2012

All images: © Dominique Issermann

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