Deliberately cinematic, Gosselin's photography reveals friends in the act of escaping from their regular lives into newly enticing and perilous modes of existence, ever in search of the persistent though elusive idea of freedom.
Born near Le Havre in Normandy in 1990, Théo Gosselin grew up with the sea, the wind, the forest, and the sound of electric guitars, echoing in the deserted streets of this grey city from the north of France. Passionate about drawing, music, and cinema, he chose a path through the art school, and graduated in 2012 as a graphic designer in Amiens. He started photography around 2007, and it Became his reason to live. He loves to capture the simple life, love, good and bad moments, his friends and his adventures. Eternal traveler, Europe and USA and share his way of life with the people He loves ; because the truth is in wide open spaces and in the heart of the characters that meet along the way.
At times, Gosselin´s work approaches something akin to poésie bucolique; his photographs representing modern day pastoral landscapes that resemble 21st century equivalents of Poussin's Et in Arcadia ego, Manet's Déjeuner sur L'herbe or Cézanne's Les Grandes Baigneuses. At other times, his images capture moments more resonant of Bacchanalian scenes painted by Titian, Rubens or Levêque.
The subjects in Théo Gosselin's images are friends rather than models, and the situations are not mythic constructions but glimpses of an underground lifestyle in a post-9/11 and post-AIDS world in which social media has blurred the boundaries between public and private, and between being documented and simply being.
In august 2012, he made his first motion picture, "Goodbye Horses", a road movie in which he is an actor with 4 friends. They bought a van in NY city and they drove 20 000 km across the USA to LA. The movie will be available in spring 2013.
Young, free and immortal.
DNAP graphic design, ESAD amiens, 2012
Partial Publication List
(includes fine art press and editorial commissions)
Desilusion, Snatch, Union, Neon, Paulette, From, Lets zine, Fisheye, Fast, Phoshore, Sunday morning at the river...
Goodbye Horses, Vilnius LITHUNIA, July - 2014
Goodbye Horses, Ground control, Paris FR, June - 2014
Goodbye Horses, La Lune des Pirates, Amiens FR, Oct - Dec 2013
Goodbye Horses, International film festival, Du grain à démoudre, le Havre, FR, Nov 2013
Fast West, Galerie Spree, Paris, FR, July - Aug 2013
Fast West, Rencontres photographiques d’Arles, Arles, FR, July 2013
Youth of Today, Arty Party, , Maison de la photographie, Lille, FR, March 2012
Youth of Today, Horror Picture Tea, Paris, FR, Feb 2011
Youth of Today, Théatre des bains douches, le Havre, FR, Sept - Dec 2009
J’aime le voyage/Nikon, Paris, dec 2013
Paulette for reveurs, Paris, FR, Nov 2013
Vitamin water, shine bright, Europe, july 2013
Nikon, Sur la route, Paris, FR, 2013
HTC concours Théo Gosselin, Paris, FR, july 2012
Sans limites, Edition du Lic, NO 2015
Avec le coeur, Edition du Lic, Oslo, NO, 2014 (reissue)
Rue du bouquet, sketch books, Paris, FR, dec 2013
Avec le coeur, Edition du Lic, Oslo, NO, April 2013
Nikon, picture of the week, Le voyage, Paris, FR, 2013
J’aime le voyage, Jury price, Paris, FR, April 2013
Salon de la photographie, Leïca, Paris, FR, Nov 2014
Salon de la photographie, Fisheye magazine, Paris, FR, Nov 2014
Salon de la photographie, Fisheye magazine, Paris, FR, Nov 2013
Salon de la photographie, Samsung, Paris FR, Nov 2013
Artazar, Signature of «Avec le coeur», Paris, FR, Sept 2013
Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, signature of «Avec le coeur», Arles, FR, july 2013
AVEC LE COEUR
Edition du lic - 2013
Edition du lic - 2014
Self published with Maud Chalard - 2015