Strange Things Happen for a Reason by Clément Pascal
Book Launch & Signing
October 14, 2016
Parisian-born and New York-based Clément Pascal signs his self-published book Strange Things Happen for a Reason.
Known for his documentary-style photography spanning an array of subject matter, Pascal has a way of capturing an opportunity with utmost flattery. Whether the subject has given consent or is unaware of him entirely, the resulting images would never render this point true or false. Pascal’s images are delicate, intimate, and seem hauntingly familiar. They provide an honest point of view, a time capsule imposing several happenings into a single frame.
To Pascal, preparation and staging the imagery could lead to the absence or loss of ‘the opportune moment’ that defines his work. Anticipation leads his eye and lends suspense or a lack thereof. It’s in this grey area where Pascal’s work comes alive and where the beauty or humor can be extracted.
Strange Things Happen for a Reason is a book that defines Pascal’s constant experimentation with photography. The first quote in line with many is “Lose yourself once in a lifetime for God’s sake. Stop seeing your friends, you need a break. You need something new. Take a risk for God’s sake”. Much of the images included in this book point a finger to the context of the happenstance, a common arc in his work. This book serves as a modern-day instruction to forever entertain the appreciation of the unknown.
Strange Things Happen for a Reason retails for $36 and is available for purchase through the Printed Matter Website here
Clément Pascal (b. 1987) is a French photographer based in New York City. His work has been included in publications such as The New York Times, Dazed & Confused, and Muse Magazine. He has recently exhibited at Ed. Varie (NYC), Magic Gallery (NYC), and Ron Herman Sendagaya (Tokyo).