What is it about the piano that evokes such nostalgia and strong emotions within us, even after centuries as a household instrument?


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I, Romain Thiery, a French photographer and classical pianist, believe the piano to be “deeply rooted in the depths of our culture” and aim to explore the instrument from an original angle. I made it my life’s mission to combine my two biggest passions and set out to find abandoned houses and castles around Europe where old pianos have been left behind.

My modus operandi is to scout buildings with abandoned and often broken pianos inside and document them, standing like derelict yet graceful centerpieces within equally derelict interiors, ravaged by the merciless passing of time.

The series that emerged from my work is called “Requiem pour pianos” and has catapulted my name into notoriety.

To achieve my "Requiem pour pianos" series, I have explored several countries including France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Czechia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania.

My book "Requiem pour pianos" recounts my 10 years traveling throughout Europe in search of forgotten pianos.

More info: romainthiery.fr

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ImAmazingAndUsedToBeNotOnFire 1 week ago (edited)

wow thats so cool! beautiful photo

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Megan O'Neill 1 week ago

Ugh, what a beautiful room

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Daria B 1 week ago

Item box! ♥

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Night Owl 1 week ago

Aww, poor piano :(

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Megan O'Neill 1 week ago

I want to know the stories behind these pictures!

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Sabrina Hunt 1 week ago

This looks like a beautiful contry home..

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Night Owl 1 week ago

The room and the piano still look beautiful, just needs some dusting.

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Rebekah 1 week ago

Fabulous stairway.

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Rebekah 1 week ago

This is an insanely gorgeous room. Every detail.

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Františka Bla 1 week ago

how can such a place get abandoned I will never know

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My dog is my co pilot. 1 week ago

Truly beautiful.♥♫♪♥

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Evelyn L 1 week ago

Dang that walls been through a lot...