A sample of the press review from various international magazines and papers, surrounding the publication of Patrick's books, 'France - Paysages Insolites' and 'Iceland'.
Praises for 'France, Paysages insolites'
October 2006, 'Femme Actuelle : La France inconnue', France
You thought you knew France really well. This book will show you that you were wrong! Over 224 pages of photographs by Patrick Desgraupes will make you discover an uncanny France with landscapes frankly out of this world. From the Argent river and its metallic reflections (in the Huelgoat forest, Brittany), to the gorges du Fier in Savoie and its various shades of bronze, we take much pleasure and astonishment in trodding along the chromatic scale this book offers.
December 2006, 'Ouest France, L'art et la matière', France
Any of these panoramas is capable of moving the least concerned individual by the harmony of its perspectives or the beauty of its colours. Other landscape images may require further attention to detail to unlock their secrets. It is in those that the eye and craft of a photographer truly reveal themselves to the public, a craft for which Patrick Desgraupes is a true master.
December 2006, 'La Marseillaise', France
Patrick Desgraupes is not your usual photographer. Not only does he love exceptionnal light and perfect compositions, but he also finds fullfillment in the sensuality, density, grain, colour, smoothness, thickness, depth and transparency of the matter itself. This explains why, to achieve remarkable results, he uses a 40 pounds view camera set on a sturdy tripod. Photographying landscapes is for Patrick a spiritual quest to find a sense to life itself. Writer Yves Marie Allain conforts the idea in his accompanying texts: that to capture an image on film only makes sense if the long term commitment is to record the landscape for the generations to come.
January-March 2007, 'Image et Nature', France
In this gorgeous 224 pages portfolio, photographer Patrick Desgraupes shows you a France you have never seen before. Inspired by nature painters to compose his photographs and using a 4x5 inches view camera, Patrick produces photographs of an incredible quality boasting critical sharpness and the most fantastic colours, often giving a lifelike appearance to his subjects : leaves, bark, stones, sand... We can't get enough of it!
February-March 2007, 'Ensemble', France
Patrick Desgraupes is making proud the whole photographic community in Salon de Provence. His book, « La France, paysages insolites » published by Hermé, was one of the three Christmas best selling books at the FNAC. His amazing work with a view camera carries the public in a whirl of colours. After Iceland in 2005, Patrick Desgraupes pays tribute to a French countryside, beautifully untamed.
Praises for 'Iceland'
In this breathtaking volume, photographer, Patrick Desgraupes has captured, in 175 original photos taken especially for this book, Iceland's drama and mystery as no other photographer before him ever has.
'Washington Post', USA
While the text in many books is about as exciting as the clean parts of a dirty movie, Patrick Desgraupes actually gives us something interesting to read. The history of the Icelandic nation is fascinating, from the Irish St Brendan the navigator who discovered it, to the Norvegian Vikings who first settled it, to the colonists whose hungry sheep caused its deforestation. Desgraupes includes the nugget of Iceland colonial property law : a women could own as much land as she could lead a cow around in one day.
Desgraupes worked with a 44 pounds view camera and used no filters or computer enhancement. His gorgeous colour photos show, ironically, little ice, but erosion-sculpted rock, tenacious wild flowers, blood red sunsets and glowing lava flows. St Brendan's followers believed he had discovered the gates of Hell itself, and indeed, Desgraupes nearly had shoes burned off his feet while working there. There are few people in his shots, or even many animals. What there is is exquisite desolation.
October 2005, 'The Times (image of the week)', United Kingdom
Fire and ice: the dramatic landscape of Iceland - active volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, lava floes and ice fields - offers a stunning backdrop for the aurora borealis, the northern lights. This photograph by Patrick Desgraupes is one of the 170 striking images in Iceland, published by Abrams.
October 2005, 'Chasseur d'Images', France
Iceland inspired many a photographer. To produce a new publication on the subject was not an easy task. In this book, Patrick Desgraupes captures the landscapes on film while Guillaume Cannat, scientific author and journalist, provides a geological interpretation for some of the images. This gives an educational twist to an otherwise touristic subject, even providing a simple explanation to many natural wonders. Let's also mention that most of the images were captured with a view camera which, however unusual in the field of landscape photography, justifies the high qualities of most of the pages gracing this book.
November 2005, 'Globe And Mail', USA
Desgraupes decided, after awaking one night with the word Iceland on his brain, that he has to see the untamed beauty of that country. Tackling it as a long project, he shot in large format, through the seasons. In one exceptional example, he trekked 16 hours carrying more than 40 pounds of equipment to get to ice caves which last only a few weeks. One staggeringly beautiful photograph of the aurora borealis, taken in Jökulsarlon, is worth the price of the book alone. For those who love nature, photography, and looming, stark landscapes.
October - November 2005, 'USHUAIA Magazine', France
Stunning landscapes from Jökulsarlon in Iceland. Solar winds invade our planet's magnetic field to paint glowing shades of red and green, almost surreal . Aurora Borealis that Patrick Desgraupes captured without any digital manipulation : 'I am obsessed with light and colours which I track down to their paroxysm'.
December 2005, 'New York Newsday', USA
To call this beautiful book stunning is an understanding. We all learned in grade school that Iceland and Greenland should have traded names. Who knew that these frozen landscapes could contain so many colours? I'm not talking about the violent orange and red volcanic fire that thrust this land from the sea floor, but the shade of pale violet and pink reflected in the ice from the sky, the fragile greys and green moss on the rocks in basalt valleys, the turquoise lakes, yellow sulphuric deposits by the mud holes, and the purple wild flowers at dusk. Some of the panoramas reminded me of Yellowstone in winter. But what floored me was the otherworldly shot of the neon green and red bands of an aurora borealis shimmering in the starry sky above. A jagged mountain ridged and surreal ice floes of a glacier melting into a river of dark ice. The lines of an Icelandic poem accompanying this image are especially apt : "Behind us looms the eternal void and above us the lost stars of the heaven". Such is the inspiration found here in this astonishing place.
May 2006, 'Shutterbug', USA
The volcanic nature of Iceland makes it one of the most dramatic and rugged landscapes on earth. It is an almost mystical place where fire and ice collide with astonishing results. Desgraupes is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in a large number of magazines throughout Europe. This book contains a fantastic collection of 150 of his finest images. His high level of photographic expertise and keen eye for detail has allowed him to capture the soul of Iceland in the form of these breathtaking landscapes.