Franck Allais In Passing

Franck Allais specialises in creating images that make you look twice. Next month London’s KK Outlet will host the French photographer’s first solo show…

Franck Allais specialises in creating images that make you look twice. Next month London’s KK Outlet will host the French photographer’s first solo show…

In Passing (February 8-28) will feature two series of the photographer’s work. Subverting The City (images above and below) features city workers trudging about in their drab suits – only what’s this? All of the subjects in the images sport shirts, tie and suit jacket but appear to have a less conservative approach to their outfitting below the waist…

Apparently Allias had been taking images to study how city workers dress, realising that the men wear dark suits and any colour is provided by women’s clothing. It was only when back in his studio that the idea to swap out the mens’ trousered legs for womens legs occurred to him.

The London show will also feature Allais’ most recent project, The Weight of Words, a series of images borne out of a desire to create work that addressed the movement and chaos of traffic. However, once his tripod was set up next to a busy road, the project took on a new goal. “Instead of seeing vans and trucks, I saw words floating by like a visual dialogue,” Allais explains, “messages bombarding my brain that were instantly forgotten. I realised I had hit on something playful and disturbing.”

The resulting images see the slogans, logos and textual information separated from the passing commercial vehicles they once adorned to leave them suspended in space, hovering above the road. There might not be any billboards in sight but these images demonstrate that there’s no shortage of commercial messages flying around.

Franck Allais: In Passing runs from February 8-28 at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.

See more of Allais’ work at

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