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Espace Sud, Pavillon Lassonde

Félix Michaud

WINNER OF A 2020 CANADIAN ARCHITECT PHOTO AWARD OF MERIT

“Most of the images you see of this museum are very white and bright, and focus on its big spaces. I like that this is just an intimate corner of the building—it’s really moody but subtle, with a sense of mystery.” – Amanda Large, juror

When I was living in Quebec City from 2019 to 2020, I had the chance to visit the Musée nationale des beaux-art’s Pavilion Lassonde on numerous occasions. This is a building that I particularly appreciate for the quality of its light and the spirit of peace that reigns there. Sitting there, everything slows down.

In seeking to transpose this sensation into a series of photos, I walked for many hours through the museum’s public spaces, until I finally discovered the golden end-of-day light in the southern part of the pavilion. The result seems particularly successful to me: the soft January light is enveloping, and time feels suspended.

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