Margot Wallard

In 2012 Margot Wallard moved to Sweden, with her partner, the photographer JH Engström, to a hamlet in the back and beyond. Experiencing an overwhelming need to turn the lens on herself, she took refuge in nature and started a new project Natten. The forest became a place of resistance, somewhere where she could give free rein to that part of herself that does not cheat. With long exposures, leaving the shutter sufficient time to etch onto the film of the movements of the soul. Besides being her own model, she scans the things around her – animal, vegetable or mineral. By using the means of recording reality in its purest expression, she finds a different way of coming to grips with it. The space she leaves between the camera and herself is also the space she puts between the spectator and her image. The still on going project was exhibited in Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden and also shortlisted for the The Source-Cord Prize in 2014. The series Natten will be published as a book later in 2016.   Margot Wallard started to photograph at the age of 16. Since 1997 she has been working with international acknowledged photographers such as Michael Ackerman, Antoine D’ Agata or Anders Petersen.

She has been working on many projects and published several books where of three with her partner JH Engström. Together, in 2012, they founded the Atelier Smedsby, a one-year international workshop, based in Paris, France, with participants from all over the world.

Margot Wallard was born in 1978. She lives and works in France and Sweden.