Carly Steinbrunn

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Carly Steinbrunn is a French artist, born in 1982. She lives and works in London. After studying at the National School of Photography in Arles, she assisted the artist Eric Baudelaire until 2011. In 2010 she created Le Garage (, an exhibition project that brings together artists and curators involved in artists books and contemporary photography.

Her work is closely linked with constructing images. Drawing from the history of modern and contemporary photography as well as the humanities and natural sciences, and combining archetypal images from nature and different sources, Carly Steinbrunn’s work questions the coherence of reality and the certitude they represent.

In particular, The Voyage of Discovery revisits the history linking photography and exploration. It is conceived as a report from a scientific mission to discover unknown worlds, with stories of the expeditions of Bougainville and James Cook, the novels of Jules Verne, and Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss.

During the Tara expedition, Carly Steinbrunn continued her work on The Astronomical Unit, a project supported by a residency at the French Society of Photography in Paris, and inspired by Jules Janssen’s journey to Japan in 1874 undertaken to photograph the transit of Venus. The purpose of Janssen’s expedition was to find the distance from the Earth to the Sun in order to accurately describe the solar system.