Romain Thiery

Professional photographer pianos & heritage

Requiem pour pianos

The “Requiem for pianos” series is a proof of Romain Thiery’s attachment to music and photography. He says that both are his passions. Tirelessly practising Chopin on his grand piano in his workshop-house, he is also the photographer who, on one of his urban explorations, captures the picture of an instrument lying there and further intensifying the mystery surrounding the place.

About thirty of his photographs are focused on a central object: the piano; sometimes with some of its keys missing, sometimes completely dismantled but always sitting imposingly. Impressive and incongruous, it is there. It is where, not so long ago, grace, luxury and a respected novelty used to reign.

At first, led astray by the natural aesthetics of the king of the instruments, one could have seen some kind of romanticism that could be at odds with the photographer’s powerful other works. In the latter, the picture does it job, despite the amazing work on the light: the spectator feels a sense of disquiet -despite the beautiful representation. It is obvious: what used to be no longer is.

In a mess that leads us to ask ourselves a hundred questions, a dust-covered piano is erected and its nobleness is striking, its grandeur lies deep within the basics of our culture. The art of the photographer is to show us this arrogant beauty that relegates everything else to the background.

Pre-order Requiem pour pianos The ArtBook

My art book “Requiem for pianos” retraces my 10 years of traveling throughout Europe in search of forgotten pianos. A 96-page book in my image, bringing together my 2 passions: photography and piano.

Art Prints

You can purchase my artworks here. Each prints contain certificate of authenticity, personal signature and it is limite edition. All prints are shipped to any country worldwide.

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