|page 1: My life, one shutter click at a time.
View page 91 for the justifications of these statements.
I am a professional freelance photographer in Paris, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, portraits, archi/deco, events, lingerie, press, beauty, sports, panoramic, celebrities, pageants, and more.
|I share with you my photographic secrets discovered during my 40 years of business.
Christian Fournier in numbers: 36 years of experience, over 9 million photos, clients: L'Oréal, Dior, Renault, GMF, Ebay, Garmin, Medef, Tollens, Etam, Nike, Sogaris, Cathay Pacific, Unesco, etc.….
The first 66 years.
I became a photographer by vocation. Photography made my life exciting.
will appear on many photos!
|This biography is, for the first 36 pages (until my
doom in 1993!), rather raw. Therein I will divulge both my strengths
and shortcomings. If you are sensitive or in a hurry to find my
current photography production with my rates, please start at page 45 at which
shows that I am established in Paris and very
or go to page 89, which is a good fun summary and fully translated into English
|This is not a fiction, but a highly illustrated and uncensored biography.
As far as I know I have told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but there might be small errors in dates or in the spelling of certain names and places. If you do find any such mistakes, please don't hesitate to let me know and I will correct them immediately. Thank you.
I would like to thank all contributors,
including Wikipedia (for providing a few of my heros’ biographies). They are too many to name, yet I will try to do so in the captions of each photo.
Adriana Karembeu, Alain Auclair Weiller, Alain Gorsky, Alana Maudsley Zeller, Allan Jones, Allen Jolley, Amélie Mauresmo, Albane Fioretti, Alexandre Barthet, Andrew Bruce, Andrew Novis, Angelo Falcone, Anita Frackowska, Anna et Max Normand, Anne-Lise Auclair, Antoine Schneck, Béatrice Quentin, Béactrice Powis, Berengère Desmettre, Barry Moss, Bernard Reid, Bleu Equipage, Bruno Duval, Bruno Calendini, Camille Verrier, Carlos Lopez, Caroline Pequeux, Catherine Belon, Cédric Klapisch, Charlie Dawson, Christian Deduve, Christian Malette, Christian Parramon, Christine Naït Sidnas, Christophe Gorsky, Cil De Kolda, Claire Guarrigue, Claude Michaud, Claude Slowick, Claude Crévecoeur, Cil de Kolda Barthelémy Loucheur, Claire Guarrigue, Corinne Paris, Craig Hellmann, Cyril Bruneau, David Doyembourg, David Turner, Dean Collins, Didier Lefevre, Didier Loiseleur, Dom Rideau, Dominique Fournier, Doug Plews, Emmanuelle Lauer, Eddy Woj, Elisabeth Lenihan, Elodie Biscons, Eric Naras, Etienne Lemaire, Eve Pranger, Ezra Todd Shelton, Florence Arthaud, Florence Billotte-Dercourt, Florence Coufourier, Franck Brussel, François Carillou, François Morel, Frédérique Gorsky, Frédéric Laurent, Georges Pernoud, Graham Mitchinson, Gustave Parking, Gwendoline Henry, Henri Salvador, Hubert Reeves, Isabelle Nery, Isabelle Quesnel, Jamie Harrisson, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jef Tombeur, Joelle De Montille, John Cable, Josette Jorietti, Julie Taillasson, Julie Tauvel, Jurgen Freund, Karel de Gendre, Karine Rouesne-Sabarots, L'Abbé Pierre, Laetitia Casta, L'atelier Fournier Schneck, Laura Lang, Laurence Parisot, Laurent Guillaume, Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Cohen, Lila Dhermies, Liza Rasmussen, Lucky Nguyen, Marc Atlan, Marc Bromhead, Marianne Chevara, Marine Klein, Martine Fournier, Matthieu Etourneau, Michelle Farrelly, Mondino, Natalia Pushkina, Nathalie Camidebach, Nathalie Mentré, Nicolas Cantelou, Nicolas Hulot, Nicole Bordes, Nigel Atherton, Nikolaus Roche Kresse, Olivier F. De Felice, Pascal Guiraud, Pat Denton, Patrick Carreau, Patrick Clement, Paul Cooper, Paul Newman, Patrici Panizzi, Paul Car, Peter Beard, Petra Lindblad, Philippe Ducoloner, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Pierre-Yves Mahé, Phylippe Routier, Prisca Lafleur, Raoul Monthouel, Reza Deghati, Richard Kirsch, Roger Durantis, Rony Willis, Ron Stam, Sabine Crossen, Sandrine Filleuil, Sébastien Dru, Shannon Templeton, Sharon Ashton, Sharon Goldberg, Simon Emm, Sonia Paul, Ulises Stegmayer, Stuart Ward, Sylvie Lecointe, Thanh Nguyet Vu, Tikki Olgado, Tim Horrox, Tim Venn, Tom Long, Veronica Roach Chaussade, Yan Arthus Bertrand, Yves de Lanascol, etc. Remerciements à Sarah Hasselman, BSc (Honours), BA, MA in French (2015), McMaster University, for her help on some translations. Thanks to Sophie Vélissariou-Audé for the French proof reading
|Fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, conventions and weddings, etc.
Photo taken on a tripod with a remote control in 2013. As you will see further along, I have mastered the art of remote control.
Take note of the magnificent, somewhat low-angled lighting which outlines the wrinkles. Better than Harcourt. This is Christian Fournier lighting!
CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a professional freelance photographer based in Paris, France, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, corporate and weddings for the last 20 years
CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a true independent photographer who attended a British photo school (view all my diplomas), is very experienced, passionate and creative. Despite its diversity, prisedevue.photos is not an agency, it is CHRISTIAN FOURNIER himself (no sub-contracting) who will carry out your photo shoot and the post production with the best equipment (always two cameras at all times for safety).
CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a true professional, well organized, polite, who will set everything up to carry out his undertakings, from preparation to delivery. His equipment is always the very best. See his large list. He delivers his photos fully optimized within a day, on DVD, by post or via DropBox pro with fibre optic Internet.
CHRISTIAN FOURNIER does not hide anything: all his tariffs are clearly shown on prisedevue.photos; the sales terms are also visible. CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is properly registered as a business within the French legislations (Siret 41139772200017), he produces legal invoices (Agessa: 038756), his book keeping is checked by a government regulated boby: AARP (n° adhérent: 006185).
CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is insured for you: assurance multirisque commerciale et professionnelle à responsabilité civile chez Aviva numéro 74153215. Coverage in case of accident in your premises or his studio.
I know what you’re thinking, yes, I take a lot of photos. There’s nothing strange about that! It’s my profession, my passion, I always have a camera within arm’s reach, a friend on hand to make a “making-of”, or of course my remote control.
Obviously I won’t be putting them all on this website, it would end up bigger than Wikipedia! Choosing isn’t easy.
Furthermore, many photos have been lost or damaged (I lead a life that is, in a very literal way, turbulent: I travel a lot), as a result of “The Great Flood” of 2000 (see page 44).
Until 1993, there was only
conventional (film) photography. This was not only more
difficult but also a lot more expensive (one had to pay for
film and developing). Then, from about
1993 to 2008, digital sensors improved from terrible to
decent. From 2008 onwards they became extremely good. I
have experienced each of these phases.
Here I’m adding photos of me over the years so that you
are able to identify me in the making-ofs.
The older the photo, the younger I look!
I was born in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, in 1953.
Masters in Mathematics in 1975.
1976-1978: School photo in England (City and Guild Diploma, photo 745 from Berkshire College of Art and Design)
1978-1979: Obligatory Military Service, paratrooper.
1980- 1993: Professional Freelance Photographer based in the United States
1993 - now: Professional Freelance Photographer based in Paris, France.
I already have the biography, now I just need to become famous.
Christian Fournier, a chameleon photographer, a powerful professional.
Beyond his now flawless mastery of photography, Christian Fournier remains a character in this environment, appealing guy, who has kept all the British humour acquired during his years studying photography in England. Self-deprecation is part of his daily life, as is the meaning of gag. At ease in all situations, a supermodel or the CEO of a CAC40 company, will not make him lose his means. Authoritarian without ever losing his courtesy, Christian Fournier directs, advises, models or clients but remains the prime contractor. The client will discover the results later, always pleasantly surprised by unexpected angles and a science of almost magical light.
10 000 photos, 25 bottles of aspirin, 2 pairs of glasses, 3 computers, 2 scanners, an iPad, an iPhone, 250 litres of coffee, and my 150 yellow-paged scrapbooks were used in necessary for this creation.
I hope you'll like it, it took me hours.
The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2019). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.
Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.
In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!
Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.
Technical mastery, a certain sensitivity. If you understand all the logistics necessary for all these missions (quotes, preparations, equipment, transport, traffic jams, security, etc.), you see that I am a photographer who gets pictures taken.
I took this photo of the incredible David Turner in Colorado in 1983. No he did not fly away.
I am looking for an editor for this magnificent visual book of photos which is original and unique in its abundant illustrations.
It contains some spectacular photos, sociological studies, profound philosophical reflections, a bankrupcy or maybe two, unexpected developments, a plethora of pedagogical technical details, scuba diving, amourous escapades, travels, glaciers, fish, sailing, aviation, and some very pretty sometimes scantily-clad young women.
It has a huge archeological value. I have provided many photos so that the chief editor has more than enough to choose from.
You know, I could even have it adapted for the big screen, Hollywood style.
Although I can’t quite decide between Leonardo Di Caprio or George Clooney for the lead role.
“Anything that happens, happens.
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.” ― Douglas Adams
This site is not very recommendable, sometimes hilarious, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frightening.
| I am an individual born on earth, of human race, western, white, not racist, of French and Anglo-Saxon cultures, bilingual French-English, tireless traveller, scientist, solid humour, atheist with only one "religion": love, heterosexual, feminist, professional versatile photographer, asthmatic, underwater diver, sail captain, airplane pilot, glacier climber, pacifist, ecologist, journalist without press card, completely independent, uncensored, political opinion: freedom, direct, naive.
When you combine all these ingredients into one and the same being, my experience offers what can be an unusual portal to visualize life, society and the universe, in pictures.
His résumé, written in the third person for Wikipedia
In the end, he has three questions:
The answers are here! You can see them with the images on page 99 of his biography: www.prisedevue.photos
√ Birth place: Earth, Race: Human. Religion: Love, Politics: Freedom
√ Western, white, not racist,
√ Born 1953 in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, very modest and broken family
√ Suffered from severe asthma, which runs in the family,
√ Missing two front teeth by birth,
√ Learned English on his own, listening to the Beatles, 1970-1975
√ Bachelor's degree in mathematics, Université d'Amiens, France, 1975
√ War against the French National Education system, 1975. He changes career
√ Voluntary ecological work for The National Trust (England), 1975
√ Photo school in England, Royal Berkshire College of Art and Design, 1978
√ Military service at disciplinary air base for parachuting, Drachenbronn, Vosges, France, 1979
√ Professional free-lance photographer, based in California, USA, for 13 years. Works as a freelance photographer for The Cruise Ship Picture Co. LTD, on cruise ships around the world.
√ Reportages on horrible living conditions in Haiti in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1987
√ Photographed and answered questions with Jimmy Carter in 1981,
√ Private pilot's license (PPL) in Missouri, USA, 1982
√ Photographed very pretty girls
√ Scuba dives all over the world, despite asthma,
√ Glacier climbing in Alaska 1983-1989. √ Chased by a bear in Alaska
√ Sailing licence, Florida, 1984 ....
√ Invented "Formal Portraits" on cruise ships, 1984 ...
√ Dogsledge expedition beyond the artic circle, 1984
√ Photographed a real Playmate, Susan Schott, 1984
√ In love with Dr. Nicole Bordes, 1987-1992, superconductivity researcher at Los Alamos,
√ Photographed under the Cruise ship S/S Norway, former S/S France, US Virgin Islands, 1988
√ Photographed Henri Salvador, France most famous humorist at the time, on-board former Paquebot S/S France, le S/S Norway in 1989
√ Bought a large property in Canada, 1990 and created "The Studio in the Woods"
√ Photographed sharks, outside the cage, California, 1990
√ Undercover photographer for the CIA in Leningrad, USSR, summer 1991,
√ Photographed the fire on board the S/S Ocean Pearl from French Paquet cruiseline in 1992 with proves that freedom of press in France is a joke.
√ Reportage on the Yakel Tribe, who lives in the rain forest, deprived of all material possessions, on Tanna Island in Vanuatu in 1992-93
√ First one in the world to photograph the dugong (cousin of the manatee) in its natural habitat. √ Attacked by a dugong, 1993
√ Official photographer of the inaugural 3-month cruise of the Club Med II, giant sail boat,
√ Publications in Penthouse Magazine,
√ Ruined in 6 months by a crook
√ Homeless in Paris, 1993. Rumors of his death have been exaggerated
√ He becomes a professional free-lance photographer in Paris, 1994, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, portraits, archi, deco, events, lingerie, press, beauty, sports, panoramic, celebrities, pageants, and more
√ Met Raymond Depardon in 1994 during the creation of l'Atelier Fournier-Schneck
√ He created a website site with Noos (later on to become Numéricable, then SFR) around 1995
√ Photo for the Windows 95® launch. Thank you Bill Gates, the richest man in the world
√ Publication of an underwater photography book:
√ Photographed Paul Newman and Carole Bouquet, at a Charity Gala In Aid of L'Envol At Hôtel Ritz In Paris 1998
√ Photographed and assists photographer Peter Beard in 1998 with the Chaplin sisters as models and Topolino as makeup artist
√ Photographed in 1998 a hidden laboratory for making black powder in Sicily by the italian mafia
√ Cannes Film Festival in May 1998 for Studio Magazine with Jean Reno, Hugh Grant, etc
√ Photographed L'Abbé Pierre, beloved French priest, WWII hero, then deputy, founder of the Emmaüs charity organisation in his home, 1999
√ Created a human logo in Bercy with the Minister of finances,
√ Photographed Yann Arthus Bertrand in his home en 1999. He is the luckiest photographer in the world
√ He created his website www.prisedevue.com in 2000, with logo and T-shirt. Constantly enriched, its site is by far the largest site (46 GB) of any freelance photographer in France
√ Photographs Lionel Jospin (French prime minister at the time) in July 2000, during the Concorde crash
√ Reportage at Fort Boyard (Fort Boyard is a French game, set and filmed on the real fortress of the same name in France) in June 2001
√ Photographs Stéphane Berne (well known French journalist, radio host and television presenter) on June 27, 2001 at the Château de Versailles
√ Seen his photos on the covers of magazines in France's news stands
√ Photographs Jacques Chirac (Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, President of France from 1995 to 2007)
√ Photographs Marion Cotillard aged 26 for "Les Sapins des Créateurs" at l'Espace Cardin on 20th December 2001. She is a French actress, starred as the French singer Édith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose". She won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the César Award, and the Golden Globe Award for best actress
√ Photographs Laetitia Casta
√ Bought a 550,000 € apartment in Paris, , end of mortgage in 2018
√ Photographs Nicolas Canteloup (France famous humorist) at Kensington in 2005 and at l'Olympia with his step brother René Ghérardi in April 2011
√ Met over 300 celebrities, 5 heads of states,
√ Photographs Pierre Cardin in 2006 at Maxim's, Paris
√ Fully independent journalist, without press card,
√ Seen your photo on 4x3 meters posters throughout France
√ Met Frédérique Gorsky, an extraordinary girl, during a scuba diving expedition
√ Photographed Liliane Bettencourt from 2003 to 2009. Thanks Liliane, the richest woman in the world
√ Reportages on living conditions in India 2005-2007
√ Photographs Claude Lelouch on 11 April 2007 in Paris. He is a French film director, writer, cinematographer, actor and producer. His famous movie A Man and a Woman won the Palme d'Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, as well as two Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film
√ Referee in a model vs agency conflict. TF1 "Sans Aucun Doute" in my studio.
√ Photographer for Redken and Maybelline of the "Amsterdam International Fashion Weeks", AIFW, the fashion weeks in Amsterdam, two weeks a year from 2008 to 2010. Backstage, studio, shows.
√ Photographs Lenny Kravitz in Concert at Bercy in May 2009 for English people agency Wenn
√ Photographs Eric-Colmet-Daage, chief editor of The French magazine PHOTO in 2010
√ Photographs Karl Lagerfeld, the greatest Chanel stylist (he says so himself) in November 2010
√ Met a whale shark, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2011
√ Photographs Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon renewing their wedding vows at Plaza Athénée, Paris, France on 27 April 2012
√ His incredible panoramic shots immortalize the London 2012 Olympic Games
√ Photographs Usain Bold, the fastest man in the world in 2013, during the Samsung advertising campaign 4 to 6 July 2013 at Circuit Ducatti in Le Mans and at Stade de France
√ Photographed Emmanuel Macron, for Renault, 2014
√ Photographed the Republican March "Charlie", January 11, 2015, about 1.8 million people,
√ Photographs Francis Ford Coppola on 28 January 2015 at Festival Toute La Mémoire Du Monde in Paris. Francis Ford Coppola is the director of the Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now, etc. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time
√ Photographs Charlize Theron at avant-première for the film Dark Places on 31 March 2015. She is one of the world's highest-paid actresses, as of 2019
√ Photographed the blood moon, with "Association Française d'Astronomie"
√ August 2016: went to Douglas Adams's grave in Highgate cemetery, near London, to pay his respects. So long Douglas, and thanks for all the books. Just like Zaphod Beeblebrox, I think the third arm suits him.
√ 2017: Photographed Sebastião Salgado, for Christian Fournier, the best photographer in the world
√ Photographed for L'oréal: many still life products in 2001,
√ Photograph Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2017, the most beautiful woman in the world in 2017
√ Photographed the most beautiful classical music concerts in Europe:
√ 2018: Photographed Ennio Morricone, for Christian Fournier, the best composer in the world, at Cinémathèque de Bercy
√ Chosen by Lockheed Martin Weapon Systems security as their official and unique photographer for the signature of Israel’s Advanced Defence Systems
√ Name engraved on a chip deposited on Mars, 26th November 2018 by Insight.
√ In 40 years: over 9 millions photos
√ 2019 examples:
√ Committed to the promotion of science, ecology, justice and non-violence.
- 1991: Jakarta: "Smiles in the dirt" for Photo Asia,
√ 2019 The crisis: Photography has never thrived so well, the photographers never so badly. There are fewer and fewer photographers living from their profession, professional photography is slowly dying. My colleagues go bankrupt, my clients go bankrupt. My earnings are constantly falling and are now below my fixed costs.
I must sell my apartment, but to go where ?
For the things you have not done yet:
For the things you have already done:
Christian Fournier, the 2nd best photographer in the world!
POSSIBLE TITLES FOR THIS BIO
My life one shutter click at a time / Illustrated Visual Biography / The first really illustrated bio / 100% photographer / The big picture / Scrapbook / Photographic memories / Confessions of a photographer / Eulogy / Holiday Workbook / Before the possible onset of Alzheimer / My uncensored Facebook / The most versatile photographer on the planet / Christian Fournier's fabulous and failed destiny / A hard day's night / My Encyclopedia Galactica / The Long and Winding Road / 21 900 days in the life of Christian Fournier / Nothing to hide, nothing to loose / The 60 years of Christian Fournier Magical Mystery Tour / Publish or Perish / Bloodrush / The Hitchhikers Guide to photography / Many lives in one / An all-around exceptional photographer / Thought provoking bio / Eulogy / A retrospective compilation of Christian Fournier's work / The humour of a failure / Bazinga ! / What the fuck? ......
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