Francois Robert’s recent collection of photos use actual human bones to convey his stance on religion and war, and how they have both contributed to bloodshed around the globe. The series is aptly titled “Stop The Violence.”
Robert, renowned for his commercial photography, says “the human skeleton is a powerful visual symbol….In my photographs, I use the human skeleton as the formal visual element, the subject of the image. In this manner, the skeleton is both the protagonist and antagonist.”
For each photograph, Robert disassembles the skeleton and then reconfigures the elements to form a new representation — images of aggression, images that cause suffering, devastation and conflict.
Robert produces fine-arts photography that is provocative and covers a wide range of subjects, from evocative Polaroid transfer prints to candid street and travel photographs. Robert’s clients include Crate & Barrel, Coca-Cola, Chicago Board of Trade, BP, Sappi Paper, Bentley Prince Street, Herman Miller, Polaroid Corporation, Western Union and Yale Medical School.
His most recent book is “Crosses” published by Graphis. The book is an arresting collection of the varied applications of the cross, found in every culture around the world. With a brief introduction summarizing the history of the cross, from its early inception through its recognition as a worldwide Christian symbol, “Crosses” will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Francois Robert in Graphis: