Jean-François Rauzier took some initial shots of Le Château de Versailles, turned them into hyperphotos, and then showed them to the curator of Versailles, which is now a museum. The curator was so impressed that he gave Rauzier full permission to shoot everything in the castle. When the mayor of Versailles heard about it, he commissioned Rauzier to shoot the entire city, which is often ignored by tourists.
The Versailles that Rauzier creates in his hyperphoto is astonishing, and shows his affinity for impossibly vast architecture. It’s so vast, in fact, that he’s developed a video game that will explore those worlds in full detail.
In this image, Rauzier has once again Photoshopped himself into the photograph. He is the man in the trench coat, in the center. Rauzier likes to think that he functions as a kind of guide to the viewer, saying, “Follow me. I will lead you into this lovely world.”
If you look closely, you will see the images of historical figures on the palace balconies—kings, queens, the king’s mistress, gardener, and chef, and various eminent writers. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Rauzier’s hyperphotos of Versailles will be exhibited in France throughout 2012.