Arnaud Théval is a photographer from Nantes who is interested in individual and collective identity. He habitually intervenes in places where there is a strong idea of group or community: a neighbourhood, a school, a prison, a business…
His photographs are always the result of an encounter with people. He isn’t striving to produce beautiful photographs when he makes these images of crowds without a background or an environment, but rather to trouble the viewer with mixed feelings, and by the singularity of each person photographed and the strange sense of their disappearance / appearance through contact with others in the crowd.
For his project in Saint-Nazaire, he chose to work at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyards for several weeks before presenting his work on the premises of the Chantiers themselves as well as at Le Grand Café.
Born in 1971.
Works and lives in Nantes.