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Dead Disco

Words:

Edd Norval

Photos:

Eric Tabuchi
December 5, 2018

Various major cities have pulsating electronic music scenes and famous spots thats go on all throughout the night, into the wee hours. As the social landscape of France began to change, the country witnessed the closure of many spectacular night-clubs, or as they're known in France - discotheques. This photographer captures as many of them as he could.

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“I photograph a beautiful Romanesque church and a Chinese restaurant with the same care. For me, it’s about reconciling people with their environment." French photographer Eric Tabuchi captures the desolate remains of what were once the places that people would go to meet other like-minded people and, more importantly, to be seen by them.


Every country once had this scene, but the depth of these images, capturing classic names like Paradise, Le Sphinx and Palm Club to more obscure entries like The Lem and American Dancing, offers a nuanced exploration of the country's architecture and geographical variations as they are mapped out. These buildings, beyond where people listened to music, are houses that people fell in love in, where they heard their wedding song, got too drunk and tried new things for the first time. We all remember such places, even if our memories of what went on inside becomes obscured through time, we're left with a feeling.


The charm of these places come from the shoddily put together gaudy exteriors that are evocative of a time and place far removed from the minimalist cool of modern nightclubs. Where we now fawn over the hard to find and out-of-the-way, those headier days were more about 'how far away can you see us from?' The bigger and brighter, the better.

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The Paris based photographer shoots buildings a lot, things like churches and restaurants - places that human's congregate to share an experience. Beyond the buildings, that's what he captures here. The life outside pales in comparison to how we can imagine that it once was inside.


Even though they stand as an empty shell now - if you squint your eyes and imagine a beat, it'll all rush back. Taxis, fights, kissing, smoking and of course - hours and hours of dancing with the people you love. For youth and life live together in a way that those of advancing years can never fully remember. Sometimes though, something comes along to remind us of that feeling and they all flood back. Tabuchi's collection of photographs is one such thing.

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