Manolo Chretien was born in 1966. He lives and works in France. He grew up amongst hangars, tarmac, kerosene, rivets and the aluminum skins of jet prototypes that his father, France’s first Astronaut, would one day pilot, a universe where Manolo developed his passion for the design and technology power, coexisting with industrial structures, metallic surfaces and infinite detail.
Since childhood he has been attracted by close up details of « skins » : aluminum planes , wooden and metal boats, cargo trucks, cars, and a myriad of surfaces altered by time’s passing, revealing an object’s soul.
Over the last twenty years, Manolo has travelled worldwide with one goal : feeling the heart and pulse of places, by capturing the skins of all surfaces distorted by time, wind, erosion…
Manolo, through his photographic perception in "behind his skins", drives us back into a material’s past, like bearing witness to our captivating world's history, believing/acknowledging that everything is ephemeral yet some great moments deserve to be captured by photography.