- Aurélie Verdier
(b Toulouse, 1952).
French photographer and sculptor. Bustamante studied economics at the University of Toulouse. In 1972 he went to Provence to study photography for two years, before becoming assistant to William Klein, at which time he produced his own first portfolio. His first independent work was a series of 120 colour cibachromes named Tableaux, begun in 1977 and pursued over the five next years. Conceived like paintings in their frontality and highly detailed depiction of desolated landscapes, their 8-by-10-inch formats recall those of commercial photography as well as easel painting. Selectively framed and therefore always incomplete, they lack any documentary or narrative value. Bustamante's interest in the object became evident from his five-year collaboration (1983–87) with the French sculptor Bernard Basile (b 1952), whose free-spirited reinterpretation of visual codes were called BasileBustamante. At the 1987 Documenta in Kassel, Bustamante exhibited alone. In the same year, he redirected his attention to sculpture and installation: ...