In his painting “Nude descending a staircase #2” (1912), Marcel Duchamp represents a moving person. The artist’s single eye is fixed. My photographs reverse this experiment rather by trying to see what this character would perceive in his descent.

My photos from the series “Descending the staircase” are the results of the superposition of many shots from various staircase levels. They concentrate the observation duration into single images. Multiple points of view perspective, fragmented, the results is known only when the images are superposed. They are studies of forms confusion from movement. Besides, I make them during my travels!

 

"Nude descending a staircase # 2", Marcel Duchamp, 1912
oil on canvas, 146cm X 89cm

 


"Descending a staircase (St-Christophe street, Montreal)", Jacques Desbiens, 2007,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Shibuya, Tokyo)", Jacques Desbiens, 2009,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Harajuku, Tokyo)", Jacques Desbiens, 2009,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Harajuku, Tokyo)", Jacques Desbiens, 2009,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Quebec)", Jacques Desbiens, 2010,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Quebec)", Jacques Desbiens, 2010,
digital photograph.



"Descending a staircase (Quebec)", Jacques Desbiens, 2010,
digital photograph.