|page 1: My life, one shutter click at a time.
View page 91 for the justifications of these statements.
Here for a very short version
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.
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. Andy Warhol
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!
Descrea: "A photograph is a piece of the puzzle that paginates our life."
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.
Sitting behind his digital cockpit style Airbus 380, Christian Fournier puts a finishing touch to the latest pictures of a costume party at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris. Several hundred shots travel between the two 30-inch screens, the MacPro 3.7 GHZ mill at full throttle. Tomorrow morning, it will send the 658 photos, individually optimized, to the customer, via DropBox, the optical fibre ensures the transmission of perfectly calibrated images in a few minutes.
For over twenty years the photographer has cultivated his reputation as ultra-pro, something to seduce and retain a clientele as demanding as versatile, solicited today by dozens of low-cost photographers little seasoned. Christian Fournier specializes in fashion, advertising, industry, reporting, corporate and wedding. It is therefore not surprising that L'Oréal has always been using its services for a dozen years. Like other major brands such as Renault, GMF or Tollens, the global cosmetics giant confided its event knowing that the man is able to deliver 5000 irreproachable photos within three days to illustrate its international network
Behind his looks as a teacher from his past as a mathematician, the sexagenarian photographer, shoots with the precision and speed of an elite hunter dubbed the creativity of a art director. Professional digital pioneer, he seized technology twenty years ago to make it a formidable tool without ever falling into strafing. In a few moments, he analyzes the scene, the scenario is put in place, his fingers caress the knobs of the Nikon or Hasselblad. After so many years of experience in the four corners of the planet, the adjustments are made today instinctively, releasing all his attention on the essential: the emotion. Unlike others who spend their time controlling if the photo is good, he knows! Focus on the moment and especially do not miss moments of grace that will never come back. 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.
After a long career in the US, advertising, editorial and cruise ships, Christian Fournier has since anchored in Paris. From his small ship in the 13th district where he has a photo studio, he puts passion, reactivity, reliability and imagination at the service of a perfect photograph. A suitcase always at hand to carry out a reportage at the end of the world, scuba diving or aboard a helicopter!
Richard Kirsch, journalist
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!Conclusion 3: Photography is my language
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.
"You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before.
It doesn't matter what that is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening - everyone should create.
You should do something then sit back and say: I did that."
I walked with broken shoes, but also with good shoes.
I ate bake beans cold from the tin without anything, but I also ate in very good restaurants.
I walked out with money in my pocket, but other times penniless.
I took pictures with rotten cameras, but also with the best ones in the world.
I owned a beautiful house in Canada but six months later was homeless in Paris.
I have just retired and will receive € 519 per month. My monthly expenses are 1265 €.
My life is like that, with ups and downs.
|My first name is Christian. I had no choice in that. And I am not religious.
I believe religion was OK when people knew nothing about the world they lived in, like in the Middle Ages when the bible was written. Even though we do not know what or who created the big bang, we now understand the forces of nature and the sequence of events since then. Also the evolution of life is extremely slow, random and unconcerned with the well being of individuals. Not the work of an intelligent mind. Or a very very vicious one indeed. Still, some bits of life are very beautiful.
In the end, he has three questions:
The answers are here!
For the things you have not done yet, his bio can be useful for you to learn and laugh
For the things you have already done, his bio can help you reminisce or laugh
√ 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 (included the S/S Norway ex S/S France) and also in Monte Carlo and Universal Studios USA.
√ 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 and taught "Formal Portraits" on cruise ships, 1984…
√ Dogsledge expedition beyond the artic circle, 1984
√ Photographed a real Playmate, Susan Schott, 1984
√ He dates many fantastic women
√ He photographed, in 1985, the Music Cruise aboard the S/S Rhapsody (with Isaac Stern, James Galway, Keith Jarett, Maurice André, Vladimir Ashenazy, etc.)
√ 1985: He photographed an anthelion, a rare and magnificent optical meteorological phenomenon, at the front of a boat, from the rail, near Ketchikan, Misty Fjords, Alaska.
√ 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, the S/S Norway in 1989
√ He met Shannon Templeton in 1989 aboard the M / V Stardancer. She became an astronomer and is now working (2018) with NASA's TESS planetary space telescope and is behind one of her "blood moon 2015" photos displayed on NASA and her name engraved on a chip electronics filed on Mars by Insight in 2018!
√ Bought a large property in Canada, 1990 and created "The Studio in the Woods"
√ Photographed sharks, outside the cage, California, 1990
√ Takes part in and photographs Survival suits tests in Alaska in summer 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.
√ He is an assistant to Dean Collins in 1992 in San Diego on "Heavenly Porsche", helping to create a mountain range, fog and building a lake in the studio around a Porsche with large sources of illumination. Dean Collins, who unfortunately died of cancer in 2005, is one of the greatest lighting teachers and commercial photographers in history.
√ He photographs fireworks since 1992 (at the beginning, on film, very difficult): Italy, Canaries, Sicily, London Olympics, Belgium, Paris, Rodin Museum, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Sully- sur-Loire, etc.
√ 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,
√ He photographed Petra Lindblad, a very famous model, in a studio in Hollywood, in 1993. His photo made the covers of the magazines Photography International in 1994 and of Amateur Photographer in 1996
√ Publications in Penthouse Magazine,
√ Ruined in 6 months by a crook. He received an offer he could not refuse, to be a photographer/diver/pilot/computer wizzard aboard an underwater archeology expedition off the coast of Mozambique. Christian left the life he had built in North America to take part in what was for him a dream come true, arriving and in LaRochelle, France in October 1993, ready to set sail.
√ Christian found himself homeless in Paris in 1993. Rumours 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. He's a Macintosh guy, but the customer is king, thank you Bill Gates, the richest man in the world. Windows 95 was a real success and, a year after its release, it became the most popular operating system ever designed.
√ He made a reportage on the sewers of Paris in 1995: He considers himself privileged to have been chosen to photograph them
√ Publication of an underwater photography book:
√ In 1997 and 1998, he photographed, with 5 other photographers, the "Disney Children Summits", the children's meetings at Disney, a children's charter for society.
√ 1997: He teaches digital photography to Peter Lindbergh, in his house/studio photo rue de Savoie in Paris, via the international photo school Spéos. They both photographed Petra Lindblad in 1993 in Hollywood! He meets Peter later in 2016 during his signing session at Taschen
√ 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. No French press agency dears to publish it!
√ 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 in 1999 and at the Salon de la Photo in 2014. He is the luckiest photographer in the world
√ He photographed Jean-Paul Gaultier during the inauguration of the Hôtel George V in Paris on March 30, 2000, December 20, 2001 at Espace Cardin and at Sidaction in 2015
√ His life is divided between personal artistic work and commissioned work. He says: "Being confined to a single subject, a single style is, of course, the key to the success of many famous photographers but is an offence to openness and creativity" His series "painting on slides" is published in The Bristish Journal of Photography and Canadian magazine Photo Sélection.
√ 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. 83 domain names.
√ He masters Photoshop, green backdrops, HTML, etc.
√ 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
√ He photographs the first Western fashion show in Russia, in Moscow from April 16 to 20, 2001, with fashion designers Alexandre Barthet, Erik Schaix, etc. Problems with the Russian mafia.
√ 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
√ In 2003 and 2005, he photographed the EuroMoney conferences at the Grand Hôtel Scribe with finance ministers Francis Mer and Thierry Breton and Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, etc.
√ He photographs Pierre Cardin at Maxim's on March 02, 2006 and in October 2004, for his fashion show "France-China happiness days"
√ He photographs Prisca Lafleur, one of the Aubade girls for lessons n °50, 52 and 53, on the shooting of the film CarAcademy in July 2005. Then in May 2006, during a shoot with Jean-Pierre Danel, the son of musician Pascal Danel (the snows of Kilimanjaro) with Sabine Crossen.
√ He photographs the entire PSG team at the Parc des Princes privatized for the photo, in September 2005. Panoramic system in very high definition, poster for the Champs Élysées boutique.
√ A summary of his photos of historical reenactments of the Second World War WWII.
√ 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
√ photographed over 300 celebrities, 5 heads of states,
√ He makes educational photos
√ Photographs Pierre Cardin in 2006 at Maxim's, Paris
√ Fully independent journalist, without press card,
√ Seen your photo on 4x3 meters posters throughout France
√ He travels constantly: Germany, England, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Borneo, Brazil, Canada, Canaris, Cayman, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Dubai, Scotland, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, US and British Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Madeira, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Nias, Norway, New Caledonia, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, San Blas, Sardinia, South Africa, St Eustache, St Lucie, St Martin, St Domingue, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu.
√ 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
√ From August 10 to 12, 2006: he photographs a tourist report on Paris for Condè Nast. Condé Nast is an American publishing group belonging to Advance Magazine Publishers, and holding major titles in the American or world press such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, etc.
√ Reportages on living conditions in India 2005-2007
√ He photographs a surgical operation, in a sterilized room, at La Polyclinique Mantaise, near Paris, in June 2006.
√ 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
√ He photographs on July 7, 2007 (07/07/07), with another photographer Pat Denton, the wedding of Valérie Martin and Mansoor Ljaz in Monte Carlo (Hôtel Colombus, Yacht Jackie "O" and Villa Key Largo Cap d'Ail). Mansoor Ljaz has ties to former CIA director James Woolsey. During Clinton's first term, Ijaz opened informal links between Washington and Khartoum in order to gain access to Sudanese intelligence data on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and contributed to the death of Osama bin Laden.
√ On September 18, 19 and 20, 2007, and in June 2009, he photographed the École Centrale de Paris in CHÂTENAY-MALABRY. École Centrale Paris is a large French engineering school founded in 1829. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious in France. His pupils and former pupils are called "Centraliens" His hero Boris Vian was one of the prestigious graduates
√ June-July 2008: he sets up a fashion studio at the Buttes Chaumont and plays his role as a photographer on the set of an episode of the famous French series "Femmes de Loi" with Noémie Elbaz.
√ Referee in a model vs agency conflict. TF1 "Sans Aucun Doute" in his 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
√ He photographs Reza twice: during Fajer Alrajaan's graduation on May 25, 2009 at the American University à Paris in Théatre du Châtelet and during the presentation of the Lucas Dolega Prize on January 17, 2014 at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris with Nikon, Reporter Sans Frontière, etc, as sponsors. Reza is an internationally renowned photojournalist, notably with National Geographic for the portrait of Sharbat Gula, the 'Afghan Girl'.
√ 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
√ He photographs naturist massage centres in 2010 and 2011
√ 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
√ Since 2013, he photographs the International Air and Space shows and the Eurosatory weapons shows at Le Bourget and Villepinte
√ 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. The largest gathering in the history of France, January 11, 2015. Demonstrations in reaction to the jihadist attacks of January 7, 8 and 9, 2015 - the main ones of which were the attack on the editorial staff of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the taking of hostages in a kosher supermarket - which claimed the lives of seventeen people . Following the considerable impact of these events, both in France and abroad, forty-four leaders from various countries participated in the Parisian procession of January 11, 2015
√ 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 Cédric Klapisch in 2015 at the Festival TOUTE LA MÉMOIRE DU MONDE at La Cinémathèque Française. Cédric Klapisch's trilogy is a series of French films, directed by Cédric Klapisch, and composed of L'Auberge Espagnol (2002), Les Poupées russes (2005) and Casse-tête chinois (2013). The best French romantic comedy trilogy ever made according to AlloCiné.
√ 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"
√ Photographs Christopher Lloyd, alias doctor Emmett Brown, from "Back to the future" in 2016 at the Paris Manga Sci-Fi-Show. Christopher has won three Emmy Awards. The best sci-fi and comedy trilogy of all time according to TimeOut. In 2020, the famous "almanac" is no longer useful.
√ Photography is his language, with his humour, his philosophical statements and his pedagogy
√ 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
√ March 2018 : Shoot UNICEF, Dan Carter in a large studio in Paris. Dan Carter has been named on 24 déc. 2019 the World Rugby's player of the decade
√ In July 2017, he photographed a rescue operation by the Paris river brigade on the Seine
√ Photographed the most beautiful classical music concerts in Europe:
√ 2018 in Switzerland, near the summit of the Schilthorn, at 2,970m above sea level, between sun and clouds, he photographs a white rainbow, a rare and magnificent phenomenon.
√ 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
√ In 2018 and 2019 he is the official photographer of Le Dîner en Blanc: Each year since 1988, thousands of people from around the world (16,000 in 2019) meet for a big white dinner in Paris, in a place fixed at the last moment and without the authorization of the authorities.
√ He knows how to capture people's personalities for memorable portraits
√ Name engraved on a chip deposited on Mars, 26th November 2018 by Insight.
√ He photographs a 3-year 2018-2020 site follow-up: Renovation of a group of 400 apartments in the Square de Port Royal in Paris
√ THE GREAT CONTAINMENT March April May 2020 = 55 creative, funny and technically perfect photos.
√ 25th July to 7th Aug 2020 : Road trip Paris --> Czech Republic. 3500 km with a 13 y.o. car.
√ 1 318 "Amis" sur Facebook au 26 sept 2020. Une de mes photos a obtenu 1265 "J'aimes". 556 publications, 980 abonnés, 722 abonnements abonnés Instagram.
√ In 40 years: over 9 millions photos
√ 2019: The Crisis: Photography has never done so well, pro photographers never so badly. There are fewer and fewer photographers living in their profession, professional photography is slowly dying. His fellow friends go bankrupt, his clients go bankrupt. His income is constantly dropping and is now below my fixed costs.
√ 2020: With COVID-19, no more orders because no more events, no more shows, no more weddings, etc. ...
√ March-April 2020: Christian Fournier and Frédérique Gorsky are confined to their 43 m2 apartment.
√ Summer 2020: Paris-Prague road trip.
√ For 47 years, without fail, since 1974, he creates his personal and business Xmas cards, with his unfailing creativity and humor.
√ He created an amazing biography: https://prisedevue.photos. Without doubt the most complete and illustrated bio of any photographer. No censorship. I show my qualities and my faults. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frightening.
In short: My work CV:
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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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This biography is a literary and journalistic work: Photography, the Universe and Everything!
Quiz: Find THE job I did not do:
Handler, salesman in a bookstore, private math tutor, math teacher in college, salesman of electronic components, manager of a hi-fi chain store, cinema projectionist, volunteer in a large ecological organization, charitable volunteer in building work, pea sorter, raspberry pickers, baby sitter, hop pickers, extra for TV series, salesman in a camera store, photographer at Club Med, paratrooper for the French government, photographer for Universal Studios, assistant photo of Dean Collins, teacher digital photo of Peter Lindberg, film producer, volunteer tester of survival suits in cold water, photo teacher in international school, spy for the CIA, press photographer, photo teacher at FNAC, I am the subject of a national TV show, business manager, I am rewarded by NASA.
I did a lot of odd jobs after my studies of Maths, to earn my living because I was poor, certainly, but mainly to live very varied slices of life.
The answers are in my bio: https://prisedevue.photos/english/chapitres/info_pratique/bio/index.htm
I worked a lot of odd jobs after my Math studies, to earn my living because I was poor, of course, but especially to live very varied slices of life.
Manutentionnaire (2), vendeur dans une librairie (6), répétiteur de math privé (1), prof de math en collège (12), vendeur de composants électroniques (9), gérant d'un magasin de chaînes haute fidélité (13), projectionniste de cinéma (14), volontaire dans un grand organisme écologique (4), volontaire caritatif en travaux de bâtiments (10), trieur de petits pois (3), cueilleurs de framboises (5), baby sitter, cueilleur de houblon (7), figurant pour séries TV (23), vendeur dans un magasin d'appareil photo (11), filmeur au Club Med (17), parachutiste pour le gouvernement français (15), filmeur pour Universal Studios (19), ouvrier agricole (8), filmeur chez Butlin's (12), assistant photo de Dean Collins (18), prof photo numérique de Peter Lindberg (24), producteur cinéma (25), testeur bénévole de combinaisons de survie en eau froide (20), prof de photo en école internationale (21), espion pour la CIA (26), photographe de presse (22), prof de photo à la FNAC, (27), Je suis le sujet d'une émission de TV nationale (28), chef d'entreprise (29), récompensé par la NASA (16).
1 - Page 4 : Je donne des cours privés de Maths et je photographie des mariages de 1970 à 1975 pour gagner de quoi m'acheter mon premier vrai appareil photo : Zeiss-Ikon, Contaflex, reflex 24x36cm.
2 - Page 4 : Travail comme manutentionnaire chez ADV du 21juin1973 au 5 juillet 1973 et aussi comme manutentionnaire chez CEGF du 6 au 16 avril 1976 et aussi comme manutentionnaire chez Manpower en Angleterre en mai 1976.
3 - Page 7 : Trieur de petits pois à l'usine Smedley of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire en 1975.
4 - Page 7 : volontaire pour le grand organisme écologique National Trust à Pumpsaint, à Selbourne Hill et Croft Castle en 1974 et 1975.
5 - Page 7 : Cueillette de framboises à Letham Grange, Angus, Scotland en été 1975.
6 - Page 7 : Vendeur de livres scientifiques chez Foyles, 119 charing Cross Road London WC1 en janvier 1976.
7 - Page 8 : Cueilleur de houblon à Stuart Tipping's farm, Staplehurst, Kent, England, septembre 1975.
8 - Page 8 : Ouvrier agricole pour "Friday Bridge Agricultural Camp" à Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire en 1975, 1976 et 1977.
9 - Page 8 : Vendeur de composants électroniques chez Proops Bros. Ltd, 52 Tottenham court road, London WC2 du 19 janvier au 26 mars 1976.
10 - Page 8 : Je suis volontaire pour aider les victimes du tremblement de terre à Monteaperta di Fruli, près de Udine en Italie de 13 au 23 août 1976.
11 - Page 10 : Vendeur dans un magasin d'appareils photo : Reids Photographic and HiFi, 8 yield Hall Lane, Reading, Berks du 10 mai au 24 juillet 1976.
12 - Page 9 : Prof auxiliaire de Mathématiques au Lycée de Garons d'Arras Pas de Calais, Lycée Robespierre en sept 1976.
12 - Page 9 : Filmeur chez Butlin's Holiday Centre in Bognor Regis, décembre 1976.
13 - Page 10 : Herbert's HiFi, 177 Whitley Wood lane, Reading, Berks, assistant à Reading 130 Butts Centre, de début octobre 1976 à mi-juillet 1977, puis gérant début janvier 1978 à mi-juin 1978 à Newbury.
14 - Page 12 : Projectionniste de cinéma pour l'Armée Française en 1979.
15 - Page 13 : Parachutisme pour l'Armée Française en 1979.
16 - Page 9 : Mon nom est gravé sur une puce électronique déposée sur Mars par Insight qui a atterri à la surface de la planète le 26 novembre 2018 ! Merci à Shannon Templeton pour cela.
17 - Page 14 : Filmeur pour le Cub Med à Corfu en Août 1976. Aussi en 1992, Je suis le photographe officiel de la croisière inaugurale qui part du Havre (là où il a été construit) jusqu'en Nouvelle-Calédonie (avec escales à Djibouti, en Australie et au Japon pour faire de la pub). 3 mois. Je ne suis jamais autant ennuyé de ma vie !
18 - Page 18 : Je suis l'un des assistants de Dean Collins en 1992 à San Diego sur "Heavenly Porsche", aidant à créer une chaîne de montagnes, du brouillard et à construire un lac en studio autour d'une Porsche avec de grandes sources d'éclairage. Dean Collins, malheureusement décédé d'un cancer en 2005, est l'un des plus grands professeurs d'éclairage et photographes commerciaux de l'histoire.
19 : Page 19 : Je travaille aussi de temps en temps entre 1985 et 1990, pour Cruiship Pictures Co, à Universal Studios, près de chez moi, à Los Angeles.
20 : Page 32 : Je teste des combinaisons de survie en Alaska en été 1990.
21 : Page 43 : De décembre 1996 à décembre 1997, j'enseigne à temps partiel, à l'école de photo internationale Spéos de Paris.
22 : Page 87 (vers la fin) : Je suis photographe de presse pour l'agence MaxPPP. Elle assure une couverture mondiale, nationale et régionale de l'actualité. • Un réseau de plus de 800 photographes. • 100 agences partenaires en France et dans le monde. • 4500 nouvelles photos disponibles chaque jour. • 8 millions d'images accessibles sur la base. • 1000 clients presse, numérique, TV, édition, communication, corporate.
23 : Pages 84 : figurant pour séries TV :
24 : Page 87 : Je photographie Petra Lindblad, célèbre mannequin top modèle internationale, en studio à Hollywood, en 1993 pour le magazine Photography International qui paraît en couverture en 1994 et aussi sur celle de Amateur Photographer en 1996. Petra a été aussi photographiée, entre autres, par le célèbre photographe allemand Peter Lindbergh pour le magazine Vogue. Je rencontrerai Peter Lindberg en 1997, dans sa maison rue de Savoie à Paris, pour lui donner des cours d'introduction au numérique via Spéos International photography school, et aussi en 2016 lors d'une séance de dédicaces chez Taschen.
25 : Page 84 : A la demande d'un directeur de programmes de TF1, je produis un film court "Beautiful Intimacy".
26 : Page 31 à mi-chemin, Petrodvorets, Peterhof, Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie, en images quizz qui permettent de comprendre.
27 : Page 43 vers le milieu : J'enseigne à la FNAC et dans d'autres écoles photo privées, de temps en temps.
28 : Page 99 au début : TF1 "Sans Aucun Doute" dans mon studio. J'arbitre un conflit mannequin/agence. Repris au zapping hebdomadaire, puis annuel de Canal + en 2008.
29 : Page 45. Chef d'entreprise : Présentation de mon activité de photographe professionnel "prisedevue.com".
All earlier rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated,
1 - Sexual exhaustion
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