romain thiery unveils new images of broken pianos in forgotten european villas

romain thiery unveils new images of broken pianos in forgotten european villas

following from his photography series that we first shared in 2018, romain thiery presents new images from his ‘requiem pour pianos’ collection. taking viewers on a journey through abandoned mansions across europe, the project captures old pianos that have been left behind to slowly crumble and decay.  

all images © romain thiery



the self-taught professional photographer scouts buildings with abandoned and often broken pianos inside. standing like derelict yet graceful centerpieces within equally derelict interiors, the series of images convey the merciless passing of time by the ravaged surroundings. 



thiery explains, ‘I believe the piano is deeply rooted in the depths of our culture and sought to explore the instrument from an original angle. I made my life mission to combine my two biggest passions and set out to find abandoned mansions around europe where old pianos had been left behind.’



born in 1988, thiery is a self-taught professional photographer and amateur pianist. he began photography as a hobby 10 years ago, which turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession the day he stumbled upon a forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in south of france.



project info:


project name: requiem pour pianos

photography: romain thiery


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • Absolutely stunning work. Incredible how people do not often treasure objects that should be of affection. These images can possibly be subject of an article of mine about objects/sustainability in a “modern” world. Objects of desire X objects without any relevance.

  • It is great he has found a passion. Everyone should find something they ‘really’ like to do and invest the effort to acquire new skills and raise them to an art form level. Thiery provides an excellent example. Bravo.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • This is interesting and evokes a sense of nostalgia. I wonder, did he dress the scenes slightly to make it more theatrical? So intrigued! It is simply beautiful none the less.

    Sheri says:

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