Catherine Balet: Moods in a Room (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2020)

Catherine Balet graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked as a painter before turning to photography.

She has exhibited worldwide and has published three previous books, Identity, Strangers in the Light (both Steidl) and Looking for the Masters in Ricardo’s Golden Shoes (Dewi Lewis) where she paid tribute to the Masters of photography and captured the history of photography, searching for ways to reflect on its future.

With her series Moods in a Room, Catherine Balet continues her experimentation by reinvesting the technical transformations of the photographic medium and wonders about the border that separates painting from photography.

She is represented by the Thierry Bigaignon Gallery.


Catherine Balet’s new series Moods in a Room plays with virtual reality by mixing pictorial textures and digital photographic elements. Using images she collects from her personal archives, she superimposes them in multiple layers, giving a material feel to the unreal and a virtuality to her material images. The resulting compositions reveal the various states of consciousness of the artist, and illustrate her commitment to endlessly explore the dualities between content and absence, space and surface.

Publisher’s Info

Moods in a Room by Catherine Balet is published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, available in stores and online for £35.00. You find it here.

Dewi Lewis Publishing is a partnership owned and run by Caroline Warhurst and Dewi Lewis. Founded in 1994, its photography list has an international reputation and has included books by leading British and international photographers such as Laia Abril, William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, John Blakemore, Paolo Pelegrin, Simon Roberts and Bruce Gilden.