Jeff Wall is a Canadian photographer born in 1946 in Vancouver. He studied art history at the University of Vancouver and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Fascinated by the great paintings of modern life of the nineteenth century, he creates contemporary equivalents through photography. Thus, Jeff Wall invents a real staging around his works. His huge photographic prints are mounted in aluminium boxes and are illuminated from behind. In the same way, their monumental format rivals that of historical paintings. The artist chooses to present his works with a vocabulary specific to paintings.