Part of Martin d’Orgeval’s “Touched by Fire” series. Most people with an interest in Victorian/antique and strange taxidermy will have by now heard of Deyrolle, the famous Parisienne collections of natural history. On Febuary 1st, 2008, a fire burned through Deyrolle, destroying many of the pieces.
“Martin d’Orgeval’s photographs show the animals and insects that survived the disaster in situ, against a background of charred woodwork in the shop that had been their habitat since their “natural” death. The objects and the location form an entire work, the result of a strange, unique process in which creation, conservation and destruction have followed on from one another – a process completed and given closure by photography.”