Photography, as with most arts, is the exploration of a vision, an interpretation of what is seen or perhaps even unseen. My recent photographs utilize a strong graphic element with liberal use of negative space to eliminate the clutter - the distractions in an effort to see more clearly what is before us. Once the superfluous has been removed, what is left is more open to contemplation - a meditation freed from some of the chaos that surrounds us.
Garnier's award winning work has been shown in museums, academic institutions, and galleries in the United States, Europe and China and is in the permanent collection of many museums including LACMA and has been featured at the Smithsonian. Garnier's major bodies of work explore the space between the world and the individual, an often detached and disconnected area. His photographic observations reflect the isolation felt by many in a world changing at an exponential pace, where technology tugs at the edges of humanity.
Born in Los Angeles with a Master’s in French Literature from UC Santa Barbara
Garnier’ circuitous road led him into the photographic world some 20 years ago.
Since then he has developed many projects and books including: The Legacy Project - a 15 year documentation of the El Toro Marine base which includes the making of the World’s Largest Photograph, Second Chances - a five year exploration of the disappearing landscapes and man’s relationship to the environment in the Mojave desert, Revival – a visual observation on man’s struggles to live with nature, and most recently A Deconstructed Odyssey – an investigation into the politics of space by eliminating the clutter from building facades.