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La Samaritaine is one of the most emblematic buildings in Paris, founded in 1870, presenting a subtle mix of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. In parallel with a major campaign to produce works by some fifty artists, the Samaritaine gave carte blanche to photographers Pierre-Olivier Deschamps and Vladimir Vasilev, who were able to access the construction site between 2015 and 2020, and follow the building's metamorphosis.
It was a colossal construction site of more than 80,000 m2 on eleven levels, in the heart of Paris. Pierre-Olivier Deschamps was interested in the architecture, the variations in scale and the colors that the organized chaos of the construction site created, unexpected beauty.
As for Vladimir Vasilev, he was interested both in the construction site and in the men and women who worked in this anthill, offering a multifaceted face to this transformation.
The book Metamorphosis combines these two approaches in a chronological sequence, enriched by a text by Christian Caujolle and an interview with the two artists, which contextualize this singular photographic campaign.