Page 30: I see myself, laughing of course, as James Bond, Indiana Jones, Nicolas Hulot, Sebastiäo Salgado, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Raymond Depardon, etc.
"Do not try to be a succesful man, try to be a man of value." Albert Einstein
To motivate you do get to the bottom of this page, I give you, near the bottom, the best photography tip ever given. It’s a tip I’d shout from the rooftops..
|I see myself as Indiana Jones
I see myself as Lucky Luke
|I see myself as James Bond
I see myself as Marty McFly
|I see myself as Nicolas Hulot
|I photographed Nicolas Hulot at an ecological governance conference in 2007.
Born April 30, 1955 in Lille, Nicolas Hulot is a French reporter-journalist, television presenter-producer and writer. Since his television show Ushuaïa became famous, he has become more and more involved in protecting the environment and raising public awareness of ecological issues.
|Now I’m channeling my inner Geronimo.
|Channeling my inner Alex Grüss.
|I photographed Alex Grüss in the 2000s.
Directeur de cirque dès l’âge de 27 ans, c’est à 30 ans, qu’avec la collaboration de la comédienne Silvia Monfort, Alexis Gruss crée en 1974 le Cirque à l’Ancienne pour fêter le bicentenaire de l’arrivée à Paris de Philip Astley, l’inventeur du cirque.
Le Cirque à l’Ancienne Alexis Gruss a été élevé, en 1982, au statut de Cirque National.
Alexis Gruss, Maître Ecuyer internationalement reconnu, est un artiste aux talents multiples : clown (blanc) il a été, entre autres, partenaire de son père, le célèbre auguste Dédé Gruss.
Musicien, c’est un saxophoniste qui dans « Ellipse » se produit en grande formation, avec sa femme Gipsy à l’accordéon, leurs fils (Stephan à la trompette, Firmin au trombone),
leurs petits-fils (Alexandre à la guitare, Charles à la batterie, Louis à l’ocarina, Joseph à la trompette) et leur beau-fils (Tony Florees à la trompette).
Grand Prix National du Cirque, Prix Oscar Carré du Cirque à Amsterdam, titulaire du Trophée Epona d’Or, Alexis Gruss est aussi Clown d’Or du Festival international du cirque de Monte-Carlo.
|Channeling my inner cow boy.
Here with Frédérique Gorsky, in Las Vegas in 2013.
|At 61 years of age, in 2015, I’m channeling the modern-day Tarzan.
61 year old Bigfoot male, Christianus Fournierus, nearly extinct, at 70 mph above the canopy. Near Arenal volcano in Costa Rica in April 2015.
Photo by Frédérique Gorsky. Nikon D4, high speed bust, 24 frames per seconds, autofocus, face recognition de visage, focus tracking.
Channeling Sebastiäo Salgado
January 18 2014 : I went to see SEBASTIÃO SALGADO’s GENESIS exposition at the MAISON EUROPÉENNE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Two hours waiting in line, but it was worth it.
I photographed Sebastião Salgado’s conference at the Salon de la Photo in Paris on November 10 2017.
Since 1973, he has been my photography hero.
|Le 09 décembre 2018 : Expo "DÉCLARATIONS".
EXPOSITION PHOTO SEBASTIÃO SALGADO AU MUSEE DE L'HOMME à Paris.
Channeling my inner Yann-Arthus Bertrand.
Yann Arthus Bertrand and Christian Fournier in Yann Arthus’ studio in 1999.
|November 14 2014: Yann Arthus-Bertrand at the Salon de la Photo
|Channeling my inner Raymond Depardon
October 16 2016 : I met Raymond Depardon at the release for his film "Les Habitants". Thank you to William for the photo.
I had met Raymond Depardon before in 1994 at the creation of the Fournier-Schneck workshop. Antoine Schneck and I rented a garage as a photography studio in the court where Raymond lived, Rue Henri Barbusse in the 13th arrondissement in Paris.
Raymond Depardon is a French photographer, filmmaker, journalist, and screenwriter. Considered one of the masters of documentaries, he founded the photography agency Gamma in 1966 and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1979.
I take myelf for Soazig de La Moissonière, French President Macron’s photographer in 2017.
I’ve added Donald Trump into the background as a joke.
|I photographed Emmanuel Macron, then-Minister of the Economy, on October 8 2014, for the car company Renault, in the new Renault Espace 5 revealed at the Mondial de l’Automobile in 2014.
In the rain, at the exit of the river shuttle, to get to the council of ministers.
I see myself as Tommy Lee Jones
|Je me prends pour Nadar
|2 juillet 2011 : Tag Khris bat le record du monde de saut en roller au Sacré-Coeur
Photo faite avec un Nikon D4 en mode rafale de 24 images / secondes
Les lois de la gravité n'ont donc pas changé depuis 1864
Le 01 décembre 2018 : L'expo Les Nadar à La BNF.
Les trois hommes, dont l’oeuvre est exposée au public pour la première fois, ont défini l’art du portrait photographique entre 1850 et 1939.
Les Nadar ? Parce qu’ils sont trois. C’est la première exposition consacrée à ce trio de photographes, qui a régné sur son art de 1850 à 1939.
Un, il y a Félix Tournachon, dit Nadar, le pionnier hirsute à la barbe rousse, qui lance la dynastie comme caricaturiste. Ami de la nouveauté, il s’entiche de la photographie comme des vols en ballon. Il réalise les premières prises de vue aériennes et ouvre son atelier.
Deux, il y a Adrien, le frère cadet, talentueux mais souvent éclipsé par son rival d’aîné. Épris de peinture, il œuvre pour que la photographie soit enfin reconnue comme un art, elle trop longtemps réduite au périmètre scientifique ou à l’objet de foire.
Trois, il y a Paul, le fils de Félix, l’héritier né dans le bain photographique. Il reprend le flambeau de l’affaire. Comme Félix, il invente des techniques et promeut son studio par de célèbres collaborations.
I think of myself as Dr Jean-Louis Étienne.
Quand mon livre "Émotions sous-marines est sorti, en 1996, j'ai dû faire des séances de dédicaces. Une fois, au musée de l'homme, j'étais assis à côté d'un autre auteur, Dr Jean-Louis Étienne. Il a eu plus de succès que moi, avec son livre "le marcheur du pôle."
Jean-Louis Étienne, né le 9 décembre 1946 à Vielmur-sur-Agout dans le Tarn, est un médecin et explorateur français. Il est connu pour ses expéditions en Arctique, il a été le premier homme à atteindre le pôle Nord en solitaire en 1986, et en Antarctique, notamment la Transantarctica réalisée en 1989-1990.
Je me prends pour Van Goth.
Merci à Natasha Milady De Winter et à Frédérique Gorsky
pour cette séance photo d’hier mercredi 20 mai 2020 près de Paris.
|I take myself for the photography agency Vandystadt.
|L'Agence française de photographies sportives "Regards du Sport - Vandystadt" (2005), est l'Agence des photographes de sport français
Gérard Vandystadt, Christian Petit, Alexandre Vandystadt, Daniel Castets... et de + de 50 Auteurs-photographes français et étrangers spécialistes du sport.
I take myself for the “Rolling Stones” magazine.
Pictured: Lenny Kravitz at a concert in Bercy.
|Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture, and on music in particular. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason.
Today Rolling Stone is published in 18 countries, including China, India, and Russia.
The French-language edition was started by Lionel Rotcage, former journalist for Libération. The first issue came out in January-February 1988.
I see myself as Jack Nicholson
|Je me prends pour David Doubilet
David Doubilet (born November 28, 1946) is a well known underwater photographer, known primarily for his work published in National Geographic Magazine.
He was born in New York City and started taking photos underwater at the young age of 12.
He started with a Brownie Hawkeye in a rubber anesthesiologist's bag to keep the water out of the camera.
During his summer holidays, he spent his time along the New Jersey coast in Long Branch, later residing in the city's Elberon section.
He later worked as a diver and photographer for the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratories in New Jersey.
He also spent much time in the Caribbean. While a dive instructor in the Bahamas, he found his motivation to capture the beauty of the sea and everything in it.
|Je me prends pour le studio Harcourt
Harcourt studio is a photography studio founded in Paris in 1934 by the photographer Germaine Hirschfield (who went by Cosette Harcourt), Robert Ricci and brothers Jacques and Jean Lacroix. The studio is particularly known for its black and white portraits of movie stars and celebrities, as well as anonymous people.
Situated at number 6 rue de Lota in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, it holds the recognition as an « Entreprise du patrimoine vivant » (Living Heritage Company) for its artisanal know-how and industrial excellence, recognition also given to companies like Baccarat, Boucheron, Chanel, l'Eau de mélisse des Carmes Boyer, Hermès, le Plaza Athénée or les chantiers navals de Cassis, Marseille and Sanary-sur-Mer.
|Je me prends pour National Geographic
I took this shot in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 65 miles from Pakistan, in February 2007.
Fan: "Splendid. Such a touching subject, the child mother with the baby and the chiaroscuro playing in the back. Excellent photograph."
|National Geographic is a monthly magazine published by the National Geographic Society, an American company. It is immediately recognizable by the yellow border of its cover.
The first American issue was published in 1888. The French edition of the National Geographic has existed since 1999.
Its main themes are geography, the sciences, history, culture, photography, animal life, protecting endangered species or even archeology. Some issues even come with maps. Occasionally they publish special editions. The French version is published by the press group Prisma Presse. The head editor is Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, who took over from François Marot in October 2013.
The National Geographic is published in 33 foreign editions, reaching more than 40 million readers every month. In 2007, 2008, and 2010, the American edition was awarded the Prize for Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2013, the National Geographic received the Prize for Best Magazine at Pictures of the Year International (POYi).
|In July 2013 I photographed Robert Clark, photographer for the National Geographic.
|Based in New York City, Robert Clark is a freelance photographer known for his innovation. He works with some of the world's leading magazines and publishing houses and on cutting-edge advertising campaigns.
Clark's work has won numerous awards. His coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center, witnessed from his rooftop in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, was recognized at the World Press Photo awards in Amsterdam. He also received a National Magazine Award for "Best Essay" for his National Geographic cover article, "Was Darwin Wrong?"
His photographs have graced some 40 book covers and more than a dozen National Geographic covers. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, GEO, Vanity Fair, Stern, and Der Spiegel.
Currently involved in a variety of projects, Clark continues his association with National Geographic and is working on a book documenting the birth of the science of evolution. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Lai Ling.
|July 29 2017 : I visited "The legend of the National Geographic" at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
I take myself for Greenpeace.
February 28, 2018 : During a hike in the Meudon Forest near Paris, Frédérique Gorsky, me, and a small group of hikers spotted a giant fishing net which was spread out across the entire Trivaux pond. A pike was struggling in the middle. This fishing, poaching of fish in waterways, is completely illegal, as it endangers the 38 species of fish, and various species of birds and frogs present in Île-de-France. We pulled the net onto the shore, set the pike free by cutting the nylon chains with my Swiss-army knife, and released it back into the water. At first the fish seemed to be on the brink of death for the first few minutes, then it finally regained its strength and swam out into the pond. I will send my photos to the ONF (National Forests Office) and the AAPPMA (Association for the Protection of Aquatic Species and Environments), hoping it amounts to something.
|Je me prends pour Reza
January 17 2014 : I photograph the award ceremony for the International Lucas Dolega Photography Award given to Majid Saeedi in the Hotel de Ville in Paris, in partnership with Nikon, Reporters Without Border, Polka Magazine, l'Atelier Label Image, l'Union des photographes Professionnels, FreeLens and Zanzibar, in the presence of Pierre Schapira, deputy mayor of Paris, and Reza Deghati, an internationally famous Iranian photographer.
'The eyes are the windows of the soul' "I have always considered my camera to be a companion of my thoughts, an extension of my gaze, of my visual intention, my creativity, my solitude, my rebellions, my wonder, my sorrows, and my greatest joys. An extension of myself, if you will. This magical object is a tool that has the power to freeze a moment for eternity. For the last forty years, I have tried to cultivate an attitude that attempts to make my camera a confident of the people I photograph, who themselves are ready to entrust it with a share of their soul as seen through their eyes. It does not matter whether they are kings and queens, or peasants and beggars. Throughout the years, I feel the trust they grant me has increased. I am no longer merely taking a picture – these people encountered in moments of struggle or glory are offering me one. In April, I shared their gazes upon the world through exhibitions, and have pursued editorial projects and workshops on the language of images which has enabled me to reveal to the world the destinies of all those whose paths I have crossed." REZA.
|November 30th, 2014 : Expo Reza at the Petit Palais
|Je me prends pour Jean-Marie Périer.
Jean Marie Périer (Jean-Marie Pillu is his real name) is the renowned celebrity photographer who has immortalised so many famous people, from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eddy Mitchell. He gained fame himself by working for Salut les copains in the 60s.
Today, he works for magazines like Paris Match, Le Figaro Magazine and Elle.
|March 31 2015 : I photographed Charlize Theron at the Gaumon Opéra for the premiere of her film Dark Places
Charlize Theron is an actrice and former South African / American model. She gained the status of national heroin in her country when she was awarded an Oscar for Best Actrice for her role in Monster in 2003.
The list of celebrities I have photographed:
|Antoine de Caunes,
Anne Robin de Champignole,
Dominique Strauss Kahn,
Elodie Gossuin Miss France 2001,
Eric Emmanuel Schmitt,
Francis Ford Coppola,
François de Clauset,
François Xavier Demaison,
Geneviève De Fontenay,
Henry Giscard D Estaing,
Igor et Grichka Bogdanoff,
Inès de Dinechin,
Inès de la Fressange,
Jean Baptiste Mondino,
Jean Charles de Castelbajac,
Jean Claude Dreyfus,
Jean Claude Gaysseau,
Jean Claude Trichet,
Jean Gabriel Pierre,
Jean Jacques Annaud,
Jean Louis Caffier,
Jean Louis Caffier,
Jean Luc Reichmann,
Jean Marc Sylvestre,
Jean Michel Jarre,
Jean Paul Agon,
Jean Paul Huchon,
Jean Pierre Meyers,
Jean Pierre Papin,
Juan Bagration Mukhransky y Ulloa,
Julie de Bona,
la reine Élisabeth,
Laury Thilleman Miss France 2011,
le pere Fouras,
Les frères Taloche,
Liliane de Bettencourt,
Linda Hardy Miss France 1992,
Louis Le Prince Ringuer,
M Matthieu Chedid,
Magloire Delcros Varaud,
Marc Emmanuel Dufour,
Maria de Médérios,
Marie Ange Casta,
Marie Christine Powel,
Marie Claire Pauwels,
Marie Josee Croze,
Mélanie DouteyAlain Doutey,
Michel Edouard Leclerc,
Miss Univers 2017,
Mme Geneviève De Fontenay,
Olivier de Kersauson,
Paul Loup Sulitzer,
Pierre William Glenn,
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes,
Pr Axel Kahn,
Pr Christian De Duve,
Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saoud,
Rosie Huntington Whitele,
Sonia Rolland Miss France 2000,
Sophie de Furst,
Sylvie Tellier Miss France 2002,
Valérie Giscard d'Estaing,
Vincent Mac Doom,
Vincent Mac Doom,
Yann Artus Bertrand,
Yvan Le Bolloc'h,
I take myself for astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025.
Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025. Left to right: Kepler 452b2015, space cowboy Chris Fournier, the CFSS (Chris Fournier Space Station).
Photographed with an iPhone 6.
J'ai photographié Thomas Pesquet et Claudie Haignere le 20 juillet 2019 lors du "Moon cosmique" au Grand Palais
Frédérique et moi-même n'avons pas pu assister au décollage de la fusée Atlas V 401, en route vers la planète Mars, en Californie en mai 2018. Mais nos noms sont gravés sur une puce électronique déposée à Insight à Elysium Planitia sur Mars par Insight !
|Pretending to be Superman.
|I am an Extraterrestrial
|I am a proud polyglot.
Yes, I am bilingual. I speak French and English.
|Je me prends pour Patrick Demarchelier
|I photographed Demarchelier’s exposition “expo lumières” at the Petit Palais on December 27, 2008
|Je me prends pour Rony Willis.
I photographed Willy Ronis at his home in 1998.
Willy Ronis, born August 14 1910 in Paris, and who passed away on September 11 2009 at the Tenon hospital (20th arrondissement of Paris), was a French photographer and laureate of the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1979. He was also awarded the Nadar Prize in 1981.
He is one of the most important representatives of French Humanist Photography along with Edouard Boubat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Robert Doisneau, Izis and Sabine Weiss. He defined the humanist school as “the gaze of the photographer who loves the human being”.
|Je me prends pour Howard Hall
Find Frédérique …. She's my spouse. Near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2011. Nikon D700 in an Ikelite housing. My heart still beats …. No the whale shark is not dangerous. It eats only plankton and very small fish. I waited 20 years for such an encounter. I could see it full frame in my view finder; the water is relatively clear (some plankton in the water), I hear the camera shutter triggering OK, the photos appear nicely in the screen, wonderful. This feeling is my brain forever. Then Frédérique, properly briefed, gets into the frame, next to the beast. Even better. A bog fish is great, with a human next to it, even better. If you ask what aperture I used for this photo, I will answser, as Howard Hall (great underwater photographer I met in California) answered me once : "all of them"
|Je me prends pour Henry Cartier Bresson
March 2 2014 : I went to the Centre Pompidou to see the phenomenal exposition Henri Cartier-Bresson
Only 10 years after his disappearance, more than 500 photographs and personal documents were brought together to showcase the life and accomplishments of the “Oeil du XXe siècle" (Eye of the 20th Century)
Two hours of waiting in line, but it was worth it.
|Je me prends pour Robert Doineau.
Robert Doisneau, who was born on April 14 1912 in Gentilly and died April 1994 in Montrouge, was one of the most popular French post-war photographers.
He was a champion of French humanist photography alongside Willy Ronis, Edouard Boubat, Izis and Émile Savitry.
J'ai visité le 13 décembre 2015 : Le Muséum d'histoire naturelle rend hommage à Robert Doisneau à travers une expo photo présentée dans la Grande Galerie de l'Evolution. Près de 130 magnifiques clichés du mythique photographe reflètent alors tout un pan du travail de reportage de Doisneau, dédié au travail des scientifiques.
|Je me prends pour Robert Capa.
Robert Capa (born Endre Erno Friedman) was born on October 22 1913 in Budapest and died on May 25 1954 in Indochina. He was a Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist. Arguably the greatest combat photographer, he reported on the greatest conflicts of his time and co-founded Magnum Photography in Paris, the first cooperative agency for worldwide freelance photographers.
|Je me prends pour Al Capone.
Alphonse Gabriel Capone, known by Al Capone, was born in Brooklyn on January 17 1899 and died in Miami Beach on January 25 1947. He is one of the most famous American gangsters of the 20th century.
|Je me prends pour Edmund Hillary|
On the summit of JungFrau with Frédérique Gorsky.
Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tensing Norgay were the first men to climb Mount Everest on May 29 1953.
|Je me prends pour Lucien Clergue.
|I photographed Lucien Clergue in 1999.
Since I first read them at 20 years old, his books “La Camargue” (Camargue, a region in South-East France) and “Née de la vague” (Born from the Wave) have left a lasting impression on me.
|November 28 2015 : I photograph the Lucien Clergue expo at the Grand Palais
|Je me prends pour Uwe Ommer.
June 18 2017 : Artistic Nudes with Uwe Ommer at the Pro-Images forum at Studio Cyclone.
Uwe Ommer, born in Germany in 1943, is a fashion and advertising photographer. He has resided in France since 1964.
Uwe Ommer’s passion for photography was born when, at 16 years old, he received his first camera. At 20 he would move to Paris and become assistant to Jean-Pierre Ronzel (a famous advertising photographer known as a master of large format photography). He quickly made a name for himself in fashion photography and advertising photography.
|Je me prends pour Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue, who was born in Courbevoie on June 13 1894 and died in Nice on September 12 1986, was a French painter, writer, and famous amateur photographer discovered in 1963 by the Americans.
I see myself as Tom Hanks
|Je me prends pour Man Ray.
Angie. Body shaped by a loving god.
Man Ray, pseudonum for Emmanuel Radnitsky, was a painter, photographer, film director, a contributor to the Dada movement in New York then surrealism in Paris. He was born on August 27 1890 in Philadelphia (USA) and died on November 18 1976 in Paris (France).
Man Ray perfected Christian Schad’s photogram technique and reinvented the photographic technique of solarization.
|Je me prends pour Peter Lindberg.
29 september 2016 : I photographed Peter Lindbergh at Taschen.
J'ai photographié Petra Lindblad, célèbre mannequin, à Hollywood, en 1993.
Petra a été aussi photographiée, entre autres, par le célèbre photographe allemand Peter Lindbergh pour le magazine Vogue France.
Je rencontrerai Peter Lindberg plus tard, dans sa maison rue de Savoie à Paris, en 1997, pour lui donner des cours d'introduction au numérique, et encore plus tard, en septembre 2016 lors de sa séance de dédicaces chez Taschen.
|Je me prends pour Annie Leibovitz.
Anna Lou (Annie) Leibovitz, born October 2 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut, in the United States, is an American photographer specialized in the portraits of celebrities.
Her style is characterized by the glamorization of her models (usually movie stars, musicians or politicians) and their ostensible beautification, always featuring a detail of the personal life of the star or their current public standing.
She shared the life of the historian, essayist, novelist and photographer Susan Sontag at the end of the 1980’s.
|I take myself once again for Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norday, the first to climb Mount Everest in 1953.
|Je me prends pour Ernst Haas.
|Ernst Haas was born in Vienna on March 2 1921. He first studied medicine and then painting, and finally turned towards photography at the start of the 1940’s, then photojournalism after the war. He grew to fame after a 1947 report on the return of prisoners of war. In 1949, Robert Capa invited him to join Magnum.
He moved to the States, where he made his first colour photos in the Mexico Desert, the beginning of his personal research on colour in photography. After 1951 he became an independent collaborator with Life, Vogue, Esquire, Look. He photographed New York (Images of a Magic City) then other great cities: Paris, Venise. He was awarded many prized for his work. In 1964, he would work in film and TV (The Art of Seeing). In 1971 his work The Creation was published and would sell 350 000 copies. He died in New York on September 12 1986.
I see myself as Sherlock Holmes
|Je me prends pour Irving Penn.
|After studying design under Alexey Brodovitch, Irving Penn worked as a graphics artist at the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art.
He came to New York in 1938 where he started his own business, a studio on Fifth avenue. He also worked as an assistant to Brodovitch who worked for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Hired by Alexander Liberman for the Vogue photography team, he made his first magazine cover, a still life, in 1943. From then on, his photographs regularly appeared in Vogue (160 covers in 50 years) and other magazines. It was for Vogue, thanks to Edmonde Charles-Roux, that Irving Penn began his famous series of portraits, Small Trades, the first of which appeared in Vogue France in June 1951. It was the writer and ghetto specialist Robert Giraud, as well as his friend Robert Doisneau, who recruited for Penn the Parisian models for his portrait series, the sequels for which would take place in London and in New York. The portrait series’ 216 photos were put on exposition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles from September 2009 to January 2010. Some hundred prints were also exposed at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson until July 2010.
After he became famous in 1951, Penn was solicited for his photos by sponsors around the globe. He photographed a great number of famous people of the 20th century (most notably painters, musicians, dancers, writers). After the war, his favourite model was Régine Destribaud, or Lisa Fonssagrives, whom he would later marry.
Many of Penn’s works have been published. The most famous are Moments Preserved and Worlds in a Small Room, the topic of much discussion in the European photography world.
He died at 92 years old in his Manhattan apartment.
September 29 2017 : I visit the Irving Penn expo at the Grand Palais.
Here, you can see a large “making of” photograph of the photographer Irving Penn taking photos of cigarette butts in the streets of New York with his Hasselblad + Macro Lens + 3 extension rings + ring flash. His equipment was on display just to the side. The photo is being inspected by another exposition visitor.
In 1972, Irving Penn produced a series of photographs of cigarette butts which had been smoked down to the end then discarded. He placed one, two or three of these on a white background and photographed them using a large-format camera. The prints were made in the platinum-palladium process that provides a rich tonal range, showing clearly the dirt, wrinkles, mud and dust that disfigured them. The elegance of these pictures is similar to that which we find in his pictures for Chanel’s cologne for men, for Clinique’s lipstick or in brightly colored still lifes of flowers. Whether the subject be cigarette butts or high fashion, they find equivalence through the elegance of Penn’s technique.
|Je me prends pour Roger Ballen.
|I met Roger Ballen on October 9 2017 at the signing for "Ballenesque au Leica Store Paris : une monographie signée Roger Ballen".
|Roger Ballen (born in New York City, New York, United States, 1950) is an American photographer living in Johannesburg, South Africa, and working in its surrounds since the 1970s. His body of work, developed over a period of four decades, began in the documentary field but his approach has widened to allow for a fictionalised visual dialogue between individuals, their architectural space, found objects and domesticated animals. His approach has been hailed as among the most unusual and exciting developments in contemporary photography.
While Ballen's work is often described as "dark", he describes his photography as essentially psychological, and speaks of the images referring to humanity's "shadow side". He say: "Shadow is better than dark, because dark for a lot of people connotates evil, and I always say it’s just the opposite. [...] The pictures shouldn’t be seen as dark, and I’m not quite clear what is ‘dark’, anyway."
Critics have written about Ballen’s shift from depictions of the everyday to the creation of tableaux vivants noting that the dramatic arrangement has defied conventions of documentary photography.
In his preface to the second edition of Outland, art historian and curator Peter Weiermair has noted that Ballen’s move from the objective and representational to collaboration with his subjects has meant that he has forsaken the critical role as chronicler of events in favour of allowing his figures to become "protagonists in an existential drama". In earlier works these were individuals experiencing the dissolution of one order in South Africa in place of another; in the process they retreated to hidden territories explored by Ballen.
Weiermair notes that the game of showing and seeing, involving model and photographer, is rendered irrelevant, while Didi Bozzini writes that the relation between Ballen and his subjects is disruptive of the laziness of our everyday gaze.
According to Weiermair, it is the archetypal character of the images that "touches our subconscious", yet it is also through the conventions of black and white photography, outsider art and theatre of the absurd that we comprehend the interiority of Ballen’s landscapes. His practice has however been extended to include video and conceptual installations, allowing the photographic medium to be used to push the camera even further from its traditional role of "recording or capturing the real" while retaining its use as provocateur for an examination of all that is human, to paraphrase critic Robert J. C. Young.
|Je me prends pour Ansel Adams.
|Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. One of his most famous photographs is called Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.
Adams and Fred Archer developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and those to whom he passed on the technique. He primarily used large-format cameras because the large film used with these cameras (primarily 5x4 and 8x10) contributed to the clarity of his prints.
Adams initiated the photography group known as Group f/64, along with fellow photographer friends Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston who would go on to create the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art. Adams’ visually striking and timeless photos continue to be widely produced on calendars, posters, books, making his images famous and recognizable.
A wild nature reserve now bears his name, south of Yosemite Nation Park, in California.
|Je me prends pour Louis Stettner.
I photographed Louis Stettner in August 2016.
The Centre Pompidou in Paris paid tribute to Louis Stettner, the talented 20th century American photographer, through an exposition held from June 15 to September 12 2016.
The exposition featured a multitude of photographs showcasing 20th century society in France and in the United States.
For this exposition, the Centre Pompidou displayed vintage prints donated by Stettner and detailed his photographic creations over the course of more than 80 years.
Born in 1922, Louis Stettner is one of the last great American photographers still active at 93 years old. Said to be the American Robert Doisneau, Stettner immortalised the poetic post-war Paris, New York in the 1950’s into the 1970’s, the atmospheric quality of urban ambiances with remarkable style and an incomparable acuity.
Influenced by Atget, Lewis Hine and encouraged by Brassaï, Willy Ronis and Doisneau, Louis Stettner is part of the humanist "street photographers" who bear witness to society with engaging photographs. He was able to do so because of his frequent traveling between France and the States, combining American street photography with French humanist photography.
This exposition celebrated the many donations the photographer had made to the Centre Pompidou in 2013, hoping that the National Art Museum would become the place of reference for his work.
Je me prends pour Paul Strand
|Strand was born in New York on Octobre 16 1890 to Bohemian parents. His grandparents had come from Bohemia in 1840. His father, Jacob Stransky, changed his surname to Strand shortly before the birth of his only son, Paul. He ran a hardware store.
He truly considered himself a photographer in 1915, after having worked for 8 years and suddenly feeling he had made a new step and had found a new confidence in his photos. So he brought together a collection of his photos and submitted them to Stieglitz, who was so impressed that he called up Edward Steichen from the back of the gallery and declared to Strand that he could consider 291 art gallery as his home from then on. For the young Paul Strand, it was as though the world was being handed to him on a silver platter. In March 1916 he exposed his works for the first time and over the course of the year many of his photos were printed in Camera Work, which would be printed for the last time in 1917 due to financial troubles, with an issue entirely dedicated to Strand. In his introduction, Stieglitz wrote that what characterized Paul Strand’s photos was their complete lack of artifice, of any attempt to mystify the ignorant public and other photographers. Stieglitz called them “the direct expression of today”. At only 25 years of age, Strand joined the prestigious circle of artists alongside photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, Frank Eugene and Alvin Langdon Coburn. For Stieglitz all forms of art were equal and numerous painters supported him in his efforts to have photography recognized as its own art form.
Strand printed his photos on platinum paper imported directly from England. While very expensive, this paper provided the most extensive value scale, from the deepest black to the purest white, and Strand was able to improve this process through experiments to enrich and deepen the variety of tones. He added a new layer of platinum emulsion that he made himself, then, after printing, used another gold toning to intensify the blacks. All of this was very laborious and time-consuming, so naturally he could not live on his photography alone, forcing him to find another commercial activity.
|Je me prends pour Edwards Weston.
Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886, Highland Park, Illinois – January 1, 1958 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California) was a 20th-century American photographer and cofounder of the group f:64. Most of his work was carried out using a 8 x 10 view camera.
Edward Weston in 1953: “The camera sees better than the eye, so why not make use of it?”
Je me prends pour Richard Avedon
|Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923, New York – October 1, 2004, San Antonio, Texas) is an American fashion photographer and later portraitist.
His works went from fashion photography reports to orphands in Danang during the Vietnam War, to portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot or Sophia Loren. He is particularly well-known for his many black-and-white portraits. Avedon made photographic portraits into a true art after his success in fashion photography.
I see myself as Dustin Hoffman
|Je me prends pour David Bailey
|David Bailey, born January 2, 1938 in Leytonstone (Londres), is an English fasion and portrait photographer, known for his major role as a photographer for British Vogue in the 1960’s and for having inspired film director Michelangelo Antonioni to create the character Thomas the photographer in his film Blow-Up.|
Je me prends pour Dorothea Lange
|Dorothea Lange, née le 26 mai 1895 à Hoboken et morte le 11 octobre 1965 à San Francisco, est une photographe américaine dont les travaux les plus connus ont été réalisés pendant la Grande Dépression, dans le cadre d'une mission confiée par la Farm Security Administration
|Je me prends pour Helmut Newton.
Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter, October 31, 1920, in Berlin, and died January 23 2004 in Los Angeles, was a German-Australian photographer. He is known mainly for his fashion photography and feminine nudes. He photographed many models, among them Catherine Deneuve, Sylvie Vartan, Brigitte Nielsen, Grace Jones, Kate Moss, Karen Mulder, Monica Bellucci, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.
Helmut Newton: “I am a professional voyeur”.
Je me prends pour Peter Beard
Peter Beard et Christian Fournier en 1998
Remerciements à Olivier de Felice de m'avoir permis de rencontrer ce très grand photographe
et d'assister à une de ses séances de prises de vue avec les sœurs Chaplin comme modèles et Topolino comme maquilleur.
Photo de moi-même et les sœurs Chaplin (petites filles de Charlie) prise par Peter Beard en 1998
|Peter Beard and Christian Fournier in 1998
Special thanks to Olivier de Felice for allowing me to meet this great photographer and to attend one of his photoshoots with the Chaplin sisters as models and Topolino as the makeup artist.
Peter Beard was born on January 22, 1938 in New York and grew up on the American East Coast (New York, Long Island). He started to take photographs and hold a diary in 1949. He went to Africa for the first time in 1955. From 1957 to 1961 he studied art history at Yale, and in 1961 he met Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa) in Denmark, working with her until 1962. That same year, he decided to move to Kenya to start a farm called Hog Ranch next to K. Blixen’s farm.
From 1964, he started to study the elephants, crocodiles, and hippos in Tsavo Park (Kenya). He published his first book in 1965: The End of the Game, which in an original format (mix of photographs, texts, documents) tells the story of the disappearance of Kenya’s elephants.
In 1972 he began to collaborate with Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon (painter), and even Truman Capote.
His first photography exposition was opened in 1975 in the Blum-Helman Gallery in New York, followed by a bigger exposition in 1977 at the International Photography Centre in New York (photographs, diaries, African objets, personal souvenirs). In 1978, he created his first documentary film for ABC, Wild World of Sports.
In 1996, he was attacked and seriously injured by an elephant but survived. The same year, the first big retrospective of his work was held at the Centre national de la photographie in Paris.
In 2004, he wrote a book for his daughter Zara (born in 1988): Zara's Tales : From Hog Ranch - Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa.
Since 1972, he has redied in New York and in Kenya.
In 2009, he was recruited to produce photographs for the Pirelli calendar, a series which he produced in Botswana, among wild animals, assisted by the young French-Senegalese photographer Delphine Diallo.
Je me prends pour Diane Arbus
|Diane Arbus, born Diane Nemerov (New York, March 14, 1923 – id., July 26, 1971), is an American street photographer famous for her street portraits taken with a 6x6 double-lens reflex camera equipped with a strong magnesium flash bulb. She notably created a series on marginalized people and a project on a community of mentally handicapped people.
|Je me prends pour Herb Ritts.
|September 30, 2016: I photograph the Herb Ritts expo in the Maison Européenne de la photographie.
|Herb Ritts (August 13, 1952, Los Angeles – 26 December 2002, Los Angeles) was an American fashion photographer. He was noted for his black and white photos and his portraits inspired by classical Greek sculptures. Some of his most famous photos are male and female nudes.|
Je me prends pour Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Christian Fournier in 2004.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino (born Aubervilliers, France on July 21, 1949) is a French fashion photographer and music video director. Since 1974, he has kept to the principle seen in the music video Les élucubrations d’Antoine by the singer Antoine: not simply filming the song, but using a series of scenes as a mini-film for which the song is only the soundtrack. In 1983 he produced La Danse des Mots. He is known for frequently directing music videos for Madonna, and his creations and photography for Les Rita Mitsouko, Thomas Fersen, Prince, Alain Bashung, Étienne Daho, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Chamfort, Björk, Texas and many others. He has also produced television advertisements, most notably for Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes and the Lady Dior handbag.
Je me prends pour Edward Steichen
|Edward Jean Steichen (born in Bivange, Luxembourg on March 27, 1879 and died in West Redding, Connecticut on March 25, 1973) was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. A magazine editor, art gallery and museum curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art from 1947 to 1962, he was a cultural link between the States and Europe.|
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen.
I see myself as Fernandel
Je me prends pour Bruce Weber
|Bruce Weber (born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1946) was an American photographer and filmmaker. He is known for his advertising campaigns for clothing brands such as Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Moncler, and Ralph Lauren.
Je me prends pour Bill Brandt
|Hermann Wilhelm Brandt was born in Hamburg, Germany. His father, an Englishman, was the director of an import export company and his mother, a German, was well-versed in the arts. He took drawing lessons under K. E. Ort, an architect from Prague, at a young age. Most of his education took place in Vienna.
Young Brandt grew up during World War I. He suffered due to his double nationality (in Germany during WWI) and would disown his German heritage. Shortly after the war, he contracted tuberculosis and spent 4 years, from 1924 to 1927, in a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland. He traveled to Vienna to undertake a course of treatment by psychoanalysis given by Wilhelm Stekel, a controversial disciple of Freud considered to be a charlatan. He was taken under the wing of socialite Eugenie Schwartswald at whose residence he would meet Ezra Pound and make his portrait. Schwartzwalk introduced Brandt to the photographer Grete Holliner who would train Brandt in photography. Impressed by Brandt’s talent, Pound introduced Brandt to Man Ray who took him on as an assistant in 1929 when Bill Brandt arrived in Paris. This is when he would experience the golden age of surrealism and befriend Brassaï. Apart from his work with Man Ray, Brandt also produced many photographs of the streets of Paris, following in the footsteps of Eugène Atget, who had died and been largely forgotten some years before, but who was rediscovered by the surrealists and dubbed a “proto-surrealist”.
In 1931 after traveling with his wife Eva, Brandt went to London where he started a photographic documentary of the contrasts of class within British Society. He published a book on this project, The English at Home (1936) followed by A Night in London (1938), influenced by Man Ray and especially by Paris de Nuit from his friend Brassaï. In 1938 he published A Camera in London.
From 1937, he was able to live off of regular contributions to magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Lilliput, Picture Post (the latter two created by a famous German expat, Stefan Lorant) and The Bystander. He grew in fame due to his reports on social inequality in Great Britain.
After WWII, Brandt concentrated on portraits of British artists for Lilliput, le Picture Post and Harper’s Bazaar. He became interested in landscapes and the atmospheres these could instill. He compiled his imaged in Literary Britain (1951). Finally, with a wide- angle Kodak (like those used by the police at the time), he dedicated himself to photographing nudes, which he would publish in Perspective of Nudes (1961).
The creative period after the Second World War shows Brandt’s move towards wide angle shots and prints of increasing contrast, perhaps influenced by the diabetes that he had contracted during the war. His work became more and more personal, taking on the subject /metaphor of the naked feminine body, often truncated, distorted, first in private places then later on the beaches of Normandy or in la Baie des Anges.
In 1979, he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Progress Medal.
Brandt is one of the most influential British photographers of the 20th century. He paved the way to numerous aesthetic perspectives with his intensely contrasted black-and-white photography.
Je me prends pour Brassai
|Brassaï was a Hungarian–French photographer, sculptor, medalist, writer, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World wars.
Born Gyula (Julius) Halász, Brassaï (pseudonym) was born on 9 September 1899 in Brassó, Transylvania, which was then part of the Kingdom of Hungary (today Brașov, Romania, since 1920) to an Armenian mother and a Hungarian father. In 1903, his family lived in Paris for a year, while his father, a professor of French literature, taught at the Sorbonne.
As a young man, Halász studied painting and sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem) in Budapest. He joined a cavalry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian army, where he served until the end of the First World War. In 1920, he went to Berlin where he worked as a journalist, all the while studying at the Berlin-Charlottenburg Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1924, he moved to Paris, learning French on his own by reading the works of Marcel Proust. Living in Montparnasse at the artistic heart of 1920’s Paris, he befriended Henry Miller, Léon-Paul Fargue and Jacques Prévert.
He took back up his career as a journalist, later writing that photography had helped him to seize the Parisian nighttime, the beauty of its streets and gardens, no matter the wind nor the rain. Using his birthplace, from Gyula Halász went by the pseudonym Brassaï, meaning “from Brasso”, and it is under this name that he would publish his photographs of Paris, publishing a first collection in 1932, called Paris de Nuit, which was met with great success, even earning him the name “l’oeil de Paris” (the Eye of Paris) by Henry Miller in one of his essays.
In 1931 he immortalized the bal de la mi-Carême (the mid-Lent ball) at the Paris theme park Magic City. The flagship event for homosexual soirées in Paris, this ball took place on the second floor of number 188, rue de l’Université, on a large dance floor with a band. In addition to photos of the seedier side of Paris, Brassai portrayed scenes from the life of the city's high society, its intellectuals, its ballet, and the grand operas. Brassai photographed many of his artist friends, including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, and several of the prominent writers of his time, such as Jean Genet and Henri Michaux.
He also created fashion photography, including a series commissioned by Carmel Snow from the couturier Christian Dior. One of his photographs from the Graffiti series would be used as a cover on the Jacques Prévert poetry collection Paroles in 1946.
His photographs earned him an international reputation. In 1956, he won a prize at Cannes for his film Tant qu’il y aura des bêtes and in 1974 he was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, before being made a knight of the Legion of Honour in 1976. He won the first Nation Grand Prize for Photography two years later in Paris.
In addition to his photographic works, Brassaï wrote seventeen book and many articles, including Histoire de Marie, published with an introduction by Henry Miller.
He lived at number 16, rue du Saint-Gothard, and is now buried in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.
|Je me prends pour Karl Lagerfeld, le photographe.
|I photographed Karl Lagerfeld in November 2010.
|Karl Otto Lagerfeld (born in Hamburg, Germany, on September 10 1933) is a German creative director, artist, and photographer. Since 1983, he has been the head creative director for the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi in Rome since 1965, and his own fashion label since 1984.
Je me prends pour Terry Richardson
|Born in New York in 1965, Terry Richardson grew up in Hollywood. His father, Bob Richardson, was a photographer afflicted by schizophrenia, and Terry had a difficult childhood. Young Terry also suffered from a number of pronounced psychiatric problems: he often heard “voices”. He studied at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. While he spent a large part of his youth on the West Coast, in the punk district of Los Angeles, he later joined the East Village underground scene in New York, from the beginning of the 90’s. Later on, photography would help Terry detach himself from his tyrannical father.
Terry Richardson has done photography for many prestigious brands including Sisley, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Cesare Paciotti, Jimmy Choo and Miu Miu. He has most notably photographed models like Kate Moss, Barbara Palvin, Cara Delevingne, Gisele Bündchen, Candice Swanepoel, Charlotte Free and Miranda Kerr as well as celebrities including Rihanna, Dennis Hopper, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Chloë Sevigny, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Jackass, Matthew Gray Gubler, Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Cameron Diaz, Lana Del Rey, Sky Ferreira, Naya Rivera, Selena Gomez, Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. He also produced Miley Cyrus’ viral music video Wrecking Ball released on September 8th 2013.
His photographs have appeared in magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, i-D, Purple Magazine, Vice and Lui. He also works for the Calendrier Pirelli.
Je me prends pour Robert Mapplethorpe
|May 12 2014 : I photograph the Mapplethorpe expo at the Grand Palais
Robert Mapplethorpe (November 4, 1946, Floral Park, New York – March 9, 1989, Boston) was an American photographer best known for his stylized black-and-white portraits, his photographs of flours and his male nudes.
The works produced in the middle of his career, of a crude and erotic nature, triggered controversy over the public financing of the arts in the United States (culture wars).
Je me prends pour Horst Phorst
Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann (August 14, 1906, Weißenfels – November 18, 1999, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) who chose to be known as Horst P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer.
Je me prends pour Jeanloup Sieff
|Jeanloup Sieff (November 30, 1933 – September 20, 2000) was a French photographer. He was born in Paris to Polish parents. Former student of the Chaptal and Decour secondary schools, he pursued studies in literature for 2 weeks, as well as photography studies at the école Vaugrirard for 3 weeks.
His work was first published in 1950 in the magazine Photo-Revue. He would create his first fashion series 2 years later while studying philosophy, with a model from chez Fath that he ran into in the street. Between 1953 and 1954, for seven months, he carried out photography studies at the École de Photographie de Vevey. Once he had completed this training he started his career as an independent reporter-photographer and contributed to a now-disappeared magazine, Nouveau Fémina. Afterwards he worked for ELLE, contributing to the general information section, and quickly moved onto fashion photography, replacing Lionel Kazan as the magazine’s studio head.
Jeanloup photographed the greatest models of the 50s and 60s, including Dorian Leigh, and at the end of his career, Marie-Hélène Arnaud, Simone D’Aillencourt with whom he often worked, the superbe – according to Jeanloup – Ivy Nicholson, Denise Saurrault who called Jealoup her “lucky charm” after the fashion series made by Jeanloup at the Monte Carlo for the Jardin des Modes in April 1960; afterwards they would work together on numerous occasions, always for the Jardin des Modes, but also for Harper’s Bazaar. He also worked with the David Bailey’s protégée, the then world-renowned model Jean Shrimpton for Vogue, Cardin’s Japanese model Hiroko Matsumoto, and even Nico before she came to fame. He also photographed Jane Birkin, then only 19, for Harper’s Bazaar.
Jeanloup Sieff joined the agency Magnum in 1958 only to quit the following year. He then won the Niépce prize for a report on the Borinage area in Belgium. At the beginning of the 60s, he met up with Frank Horvat in New York and for six months shared a studio with him. During the same period, under the responsibility of Beatrix Miller and Norman Parkison as well as David Hamilton briefly as artistic director, Jeanloup began a collaboration with the British magazine Queen, followed shortly thereafter by the English photographers Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy as well as many others. At around the same time he also worked with Americans, and under contract with Ladies Home Journal, Sieff’s work was sometimes published in Harper’s Bazaar. From 1963 on, Jeanloup would frequently collaborate with British Vogue. Other magazines such as the English-language Glamour or Nova would also print his photos.
He photographed the fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent nude for an ad in 1970, a photo which would cause a scandal. The next year, he made the cover of Photon. In 1972, he was the guest of honour at the Rencontres d’Arles where they projected the film Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Jeanloup Sieff presented by Michel Tournier.
In 1997, he took up a project on the locations of the First World War. At 66 years of age, Jeanloup Sieff passed away in Paris.
I see myself as Sean Connery
Je me prends pour Sarah Moon
|Marielle Warin, who would later take the name Sarah Moon, was born in 1941 to a Jewish family forced to flee occupied France for England. She initially worked as a model from 1960 to 1966 but in around 1970 embarked on a career in photography, then taking on the name “Sarah Moon”. She became famous for her advertising campaign for Cacharel. Due to her experiences in the model universe in her youth, Sarah was able to capture her models from a unique angle in her fashion photography. The looks and the attitudes that she was able to capture in her photos show a special complicity that distinguished her from male fashion photographers.
After 15 years of work in Fashion following the orders of numerous brands such as Vogue, and fashion designers like Chanel or Dior, Sarah Moon’s career took a sudden turn when the artist decided to dedicate more of her time to a different sort of photography, more personal and introspective, as well as purely artistic. She then “left” the fashion photography studios and took on Paris as her playing ground based on taste and “convenience” even if the city itself isn’t really the subject of her photos but more of an unrecognizable décor. It is at this same moment that she would adopt black-and-white Polaroids as her medium of expression.
Her work was exposed at the Rencontres d'Arles in 1980, 1981, 1994, 2005 and 2006.
In 2013 the exposition « Alchimies » presented her photography on the theme of Nature at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
|Le 03 octobre 2020 : Sarah Moon à La Chambre Claire
|Je me prends pour Bettina Rheims.
|February 13, 2016 : I photograph the Bettina Rheims expo at the Maison Européenne de la photographie.
If I was the one to publish this, I’d be accused of creating pornography!
On November 5 2015, at the Salon de la Photo in Paris, I met and photographed Bettina Rheims, the famous photographer, along with Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of la Maison européenne de la photographie.
Bettina Caroline Germaine Rheims is a French photographer born in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 December 1952. Her father Maurice Rheims was a member of the Académie Française who at the same time worked as an auctioneer. Her sister Nathalie Rheims is a producer. Bettina has one child with the novelist Serge Bramley in 1980, but she is currently married to Jean-Michel Darrois, a laywer. She is also related to the Rothschild family through her great-grandfather.
Jean-Luc Monterosso (born in 1947) is the founder and director of the Maison européenne de la photographie, in Paris (MEP). After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, he joined the Centre Pompidou preparation team in 1974. In 1979, having been named general delegate of the Paris Audiovisual Association, he inaugurated the Biennial Month of Photography.
In 1986, along with Christian Mayaud, he founded the magazine La Recherche Photographique, edited by Paris Audiovisual and the University Paris VIII, handing the reins of editor in chief to André Rouillé.
From 1986 to 1996, he managed the Espace photo des Halles, an establishment which disappeared after the opening of the Maison européenne de la photographie in February 1996.
In 2004, the cities of Berlin, Vienna, Rome and Bratislava decided to join the Photography Month which was then renamed the European Month of Photography.
From 2011 to 2013, Jean-Luc Monterosso worked as the artistic director for the Mediterranean photography festival in Sanary-sur-Mer (Photomed). He is the director of the collection of the Great Photographers for Pierre Belfond, and has since 2010, along with Dominique Goutard, selected works to be displayed on the show Arte Vidéo Night on Arte, dedicated to digital and video creation.
|Je me prends pour Antoine Schneck.
Antoine Schneck is a French photographer, born on August 27 1963 in Suresnes, whose works are often exposed at the Parisian Gallery Berthet-Aittouarès.
September 24, 2016 : I attended the exposition on Unknown Soldiers at the Arc de Triomphe. Antoine Scheck is the photographer behind this exposition which pays tribute to 18 unknown soldiers fallen during the Great War.
Antoine Schneck at the Grand Palais
|10-13 novembre 2017 : Le Salon de la Photo à Paris.
|Je me prends pour Bérénice Abbot.
|Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898, Springfield, Ohio – December 9, 1991, Monson, Maine) was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s.
At 19 Berenice Abbott fled her unhappy childhood in a broken family by going to study at Ohio State University and briefly at the Beaux-Arts in New York where she frequented Greenwich Village with its artistic and intellectual circles. There she met Man Ray, the baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and even Marcel Duchamp. After a few attempts in sculpture and painting, she embarked on the adventure of travel by going to Paris in March 1921. There, she worked in the workshop of Antoine Bourdelle then in that of Constantin Brancusi.
In 1925, Man Ray introduced her to Eugène Atget's photographs. She bought a few prints from Man Ray and became interested in Atget's work. She managed to persuade him to sit for a portrait in 1927. When she went to present the photographs to him, it was too late, for the artist whose work she so admired had died shortly after the photoshoot. Abbott used her good financial situation to buy up all the neglected archives of Atget’s work along with the help of the gallery owner Julien Levy. Abbott would continue to defend and promote Atget’s work through books and expositions but would sadly have to sell 50% of the rights to the collection. She collaborated with the new French illustrated magazine UV.
In 1935 Abbott landed a teaching position in photography which gave her a stable income and her project was finally recognized by the Federal Art Project. This allowed her to fully commit to its realization and she was able to put on an exposition in 1937 in New York, followed by a portfolio in the Life magazine as well as a book in 1939. Encouraged by this success, she continued to promote Atget’s work and discovered that of another photographer disdained by the pictoralists: Lewis Hine.
From then on, Abbott would be most interested in scientific photography, having figured that while the majority of the population knew very little about science, it dominated the modern world. She made a wager that photography would contribute to the Americans’ scientific culture, but she was pretty much the only one to defend this conviction. Already tossed aside by the latest fads in photography, she looked for funding, eking out a living on rare commissions. Finally, it was the launch of the Sputnik in 1957 in the URSS which would prove her right. The United States, afraid to fall behind the Soviets, decided to finance more scientific projects.
Bérénice Abbott even collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allowing her to produce photos she had been thinking of for 20 years.
Je me prends pour Gilles de Gennes
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes lors de la cérémonie de remises des prix L'Oréal-Unesco en 2003 : "Women in Sciences".
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, né le 24 octobre 1932 à Paris et mort le 18 mai 2007 à Orsa, est un physicien français. Il reçut le prix Nobel de physique de 1991 pour ses travaux sur les cristaux liquides et les polymères. Ses contributions ont inspiré et généré de très nombreuses études relevant tant de la physique et de la physico-chimie fondamentales que des sciences appliquées.
|Je me prends pour Bruce Gilden.
Bruce Gilden (born October 16, 1946) is an American street photographer from New York. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 2002.
|I take myself for Pascal Rostaing.
Here, Jean Réno at the Cannes film festival in 1998
|Pascal Rostaing is a paparazzi, one of the most famous of the profession. This is the paparazzi on a first-name basis with Hollande, Trierweiler and Sarkozy. For Rostaing, a successful photograph is one which has been published, like those he made of Mitterand and Mazarine, of Cécilia Sarkozy and Richard Attias.
Je me prends pour Martin Parr
|Martin Parr (born on May 23, 1952 in Epsom) is a British photographer. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1994.
He was born in a small town in the southern outskirts of London, in Surrey. His father, from the North, had chosen to bring his middle class family to the cosmopolitan centre. From the age of 13, Martin wanted to become a photographer, becoming interested in the works of Bill Brandt and in those of Henri Cartier-Bresson which was being exposed in London.
He studied photography in Manchester, the northern industrial city, at the school Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. He did come upon some hard times but in the end his choice of residence became fruitful as he opted for local subjects far from the attractive cosmopolitan character of the capital. He began a study into the working class culture, even working in the Butlin’s resort in East Yorkshire.
In 1980, Martin Parr and his wife Susie moved to Ireland, and in 1982 he published his first work, Bad Weather, choosing an obsession that so often preoccupies the British people. He took photos of almost nothing, of boring things (later he would state that the notion of ennui fascinated him). That same year in 1982, he returned to England and took up residence in Liverpool, a major turning point in his career as he would start to use colour.
In 2004, he was the commissioner for the Rencontres internationales de la photographie in Arles. His work was exposed there in 2009.
Martin Parr’s work can be seen on display at the Kamel Mennour gallery in Paris.
Je me prends pour Paolo Roversi
|Paolo Roversi (born 1947, Ravenne) is an Italian-born fashion and portrait photographer who lives and works in Paris.
He taught himself photography as a child, then perfected his skills as an apprentice to a local photographer. As an adolescent he was interested in the literature and poetry of Pétrarque, Leopardi and Eugenio Montale as well as other authors like Kerouac and Ginsberg who he would one day meet.
In 1968 he was a student in Bologna, taking classes with Umberto Eco and there opened a photography studio in a cellar. He collaborated with the Associated Press then later, taking the advice of Peter Knapp, artistic director for Elle, he moved to Paris. He opened his Parisian studio in a cubist building from the 30s. He worked for the agency Huppert then became the assistant to Lawrence Sackman.
Paolo decided to become a freelance photographer. He would be published in Elle, Depeche Mode, Marie Claire, British and Italian Vogue, i-D, Interview… little by little his fame grew and he met the great photographers of the day: Peter Knapp, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin…
His claim to fame came at the start of the 80s when he decided to use a certain tool, 20 x 25 Polaroid back, which “revealed the image like magic after a minute” but which would disappear little by little over the next three decades.
In around the same period, his renown was assured by his advertising campaign for Dior as well as images made for Yohji Yamamoto or Rei Kawakubo.
All the big magazines published his work, but his photos are also displayed at the Pace-MacGill gallery, one of the most important galleries in New York. He photographed most of the great models of the 20th century, including Isabella Rossellini, Kate Moss, Laetitia Casta, or Natalia Vodianova.
In 2008 his work was exposed at the Rencontres d’Arles. A projection of his work was made at the Théâtre antique at the Mano à Mano soirée with Peter Lindbergh.
Describing himself as a « slow photographer », elegant, fluent in French, Paolo Roversi stands among the most famous fashion photographers in the world. He is equally talented for, but perhaps less known for his work as a nude photographer.
|I met Paolo on October 9 2017 at the 2017 Picto photopgraphy prize award ceremony at the Palais Galliera with Paolo Roversi in the company of Philippe Gassman, the president of the Picto Foundation and Olivier Saillars, director of the Palais Galliera.|
|Je me prends pour William Klein.
|William Klein (born on April 19, 1928 in Manhattan, New York) is an American-born painter, plastic artist, fashion and street photographer, author, and filmmaker. He lives and works in Paris.
He revolutionized fashion photography, a domain in which he influenced many artists including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Frank Horvat, David Bailey and Jeanloup Sieff. In his street photography works, he produced a series of remarkable books based on five great capitals: New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo and finally Paris, where he has lived since 1948.
|Je me prends pour Bill Cunningham
|William John Cunningham Jr. was born on March 13, 1929, in Boston to an Irish catholic family, the second child of four.
Bill Cunningham is known for his street fashion photography and his candid style. He was among the first to discover the model Azzedine Alaïa in the 1980s.
William John Cunningham Jr. Il est né le 13 mars 1929 à Boston. Il est issu d'une famille catholique irlandaise, et est le second enfant d'une fratrie de quatre. In 2008, he was awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. He was the subject of a documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, produced by Richard Press in 2011.
|Je me prends pour David Alan Harvey
|David Alan Harvey (June 6, 1944) is an American photographer. Harvey is based in North Carolina and New York City and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1997. He has photographed extensively for National Geographic magazine, and in 1978 was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. Harvey is publisher and editor of Burn Magazine, an online publication featuring the work of emerging photographers.
|I take myself for Arthur Edwards, photographer for "The Sun".
The Sun is a tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Since The Sun on Sunday was launched in February 2012, the paper has been a seven-day operation. As a broadsheet, it was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Daily Herald; it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
The Sun has the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but in late 2013 slipped to second largest Saturday newspaper behind the Daily Mail. It had an average daily circulation of 2.2 million copies in March 2014. Between July and December 2013 the paper had an average daily readership of approximately 5.5 million, with approximately 31% of those falling into the ABC1 demographic and 68% in the C2DE demographic. Approximately 41% of readers are women and 59% are men. The Sun has been involved in many controversies in its history, including its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Regional editions of the newspaper for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are published in Glasgow (The Scottish Sun), Belfast (The Sun) and Dublin (The Irish Sun) respectively.
On 26 February 2012, The Sun on Sunday was launched to replace the closed News of the World, employing some of its former journalists. The average circulation for The Sun on Sunday in March 2014 was 1,686,840; but in May 2015 The Mail on Sunday sold more copies for the first time, an average of 28,650 over those of its rival: 1,497,855 to 1,469,195. Roy Greenslade issued some caveats over the May 2015 figures, but believed the weekday Daily Mail would overtake The Sun in circulation during 2016.
Je me prends pour Philip Plisson
Philip Plisson, a French photographer, is an indisputable specialist of maritime photography. A photographer of the sea down to his soul, his sharp eye and imagination have managed to capture the beauty of the marine world. His book La mer, prefaced by Yann Queffélec, is one of his most successful works.
|Je me prends pour OSS 117.
|Je me prends pour Dean Collins.
Dean Collins (right) and Christian Fournier in 1992.
With a combination of wit and the ability to reduce complicated concepts to workable solutions, Dean Collins was the Dean of photographic instruction. God of Lighting, Lighting Rock Star, the late great Dean Collins has been called many things, and all of them point to the fact that he knew light better than, perhaps, anybody else you’ve ever studied under.
Collins, born in 1953 in Oceanside and a 1970 graduate of Vista High School, was renowned for his lighting and camera techniques as well as educational videos and seminars.
Je me prends pour Sigmund Freud
Je me prends pour JR
|Je me prends pour Henri Salvador.
Henri Salvador and Christian Fournier in 1989.
Henri Salvador (July 18, 1917, Cayenne, French Guiana - February 13, 2008, Paris) was a French Caribbean singer and comedian. A composer and guitarist, he started out playing in French jazz bands. His long career started off in the 1930s and took a new turn when he decided to become a singer in 1948. Appreciated by many audiences, many of his songs remain popular today: Syracuse; Love sickness ; Le Loup, la Biche, et le Chevalier (Also called “une chanson douce”); The lion sleeps tonight ; Dans mon Île ; Le travail c’est la Santé ; Along came Zorro...
|I take myself for Jean-Jacques Annaud in his film “L’amant”.
Jean-Jacques Annaud and Christian Fournier at Jean-Jacques’ production company in 1999.
|Jean-Jacques Annaud came from a modest background, son of a railway worker from the Paris suburbs and an executive secretary. His hero is Jean Renoir who pushed to understand the reasons of the Other.
He studied literature and ancient Greek. After studying at École Louis Lumière, then at the prestigious film school Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris, he proved his skills by producing a large number of commercials for producer Tony Blum, launching his career.
In 1973, he won the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for a short commercial with a large budget, Belin Crackers. His first film, Victoire en chantant (1976) was a failure, but after reworking the film, mainly the soundtrack, he won the Oscar the year after for best foreign film under the title Black and White in Color and he re-released the film in France as Noirs et Blancs en couleur (1977). Jean-Jacques Annaud was asked to make Coup de tête, written by Francis Veber and played by Patrick Dewaere.
He then went on to tackle expensive and ambitious projects, earning the César Award for Best Director for The Quest for Fire (1981) or The Bear (1988). In 1986 he proved his mastery of technical skills by adapting Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and in 1992 with The Lover.
The filmmaker is known for being a perfectionist and an outstanding technician, tasking himself with overseeing every step of his filmmaking (and transfer to DVD) himself.
Annaud had good standing in the press until the 1990s, when his reputation was somewhat spoiled by Seven Years in Tibet. The worst critiques came with his 2006 film His Majesty Minor. He was constantly under fire from Libération and his two most famous critics, Serge Daney and Gerard Lefort. While his films have always been appreciated by the public, there are a couple exceptions, notably “two radical commercial catastrophes in a row”, Her Majesty Minor and Black Gold (2011).
On November 21, 2007, Jean-Jacques Annaud was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in the chair of Gérard Oury (1919-2006), whom he praised at the Coupole during his reception on March 28, 2012. He was introduced by his friend Roman Polanski.
In 2012, despite controversy over Seven Years in Tibet, Annaud was named president of the jury of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival. Actress Heather Graham also sat on the jury. In 2015, he released Wolf Totem, based on the novel of the same name by Jiang Rong.
|Je me prend pour Usain Bold
Usain Bolt at Samsung’s advertising campaign from July 4 to 6 2013 at the Circuit Ducatti in Le Mans and at the Stade de France.
Usain St Leo Bolt (born 21 August 1986 in Trelawny) is a Jamaican sprinter, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and eleven-time World Champion. He holds world records in the 100 metres (9s58), 200 metres (192 19) and 4 × 100 metres relay (26s 84). Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio), and he is the first Olympic athlete to have won 4 individual Olympic medals in sprint and 6 in all. For these achievements he is considered to be one of the greatest sprinters of all time, even calling himself “a legend”. He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships, with a total of 8 gold medals and 2 silver medals after the 2013 Moscow Championship. He broke the 100m and 200m records at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, while he broke the record in the 4 x 100m relay at the 2012 London Olympics. At the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had already established the previous world records in the 100m (9s 69) and 200m (19s 30) sprints, which he beat by 11 hundredths of a second in Berlin, an enormous improvement. In Beijing he became the first male athlete to win these three races at the same Olympic Games since Carl Lewis in 1984, as well as the first sprinter in history to break these three world records at the same Olympic games. He managed to break all of these records again in London, thereby also becoming the first sprinter to break the 100m world record three times in a row as well as the first to show such clear improvements on the world record since the change to electronic timing in 1968. His achievements as a sprinter have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt".
I SEE MYSELF AN AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER
The Bernoulli theorem, which was established in 1738 by Daniel Bernoulli, states that the speed of a fluid (air, in this case) determines the amount of pressure that a fluid can exert. It explains the lift, one of the four forces of flight and sailing.
Moving air is separated in two flows when encountering an air foil (wing or sail). The top part has a longer path to travel. It reduces it's speed and creates a low pressure.
|I take myself for Daguerre, the inventor of photography. Here in Cormeilles in Paris, his birthplace. Thank you to models Christine Noval Gutierrez, Monique Faget and Thuy Perchez.
Some technical info: When you use a photographic chamber, the image on the frosted glass is very dark, which means that to be able to see anything you have to open the diaphragm as wide as possible. However, this makes the depth of field very shallow, and if two people are not on the same plane, one of them will be blurry. So just before you take the photograph, you close up the diaphragm to a smaller size, giving you a wider depth of field. This way, both girls are in focus.
|Pretending I work for Benetton.
|Benetton Group is an Italian fashion brand based in Ponzano Veneto, Italy, founded in 1965 in Treviso by Gilberto, Giuliana and Carlo Benetton as a fashion and clothing company. The company produces more than 150 million articles of clothing per year, distributed by a network of more than 6 500 stores in 120 countries, earning a sales revenue of over 2 billion euros. The brand owes its notoriety to their avant-garde and provoking publicity campaigns, now managed by Benetton’s Fabrica research centre.
Pretending I work for UNICEF
|In fact, I have already I worked for UNICEF: 15 mars 2018 : Dan Carter in a large studio in Paris.
|Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Dan Carter will swap the rugby ball for the football after announcing he will take part in the Soccer Aid for Unicef match on Sunday 10th June.
One of the finest players of his generation, the 112-cap former All Black legend is the highest ever points scorer in international test match rugby.
Dan Carter, Soccer Aid World XI, said: “It took me all of about one second to say yes when I was asked to play in Soccer Aid for Unicef! I can’t wait to get out onto the Old Trafford pitch and support this fantastic cause. The last time I played in front of a big crowd in England I won the Rugby World Cup, so although the shape of the ball will be different this time I am hoping for similar success on Sunday 10th June!”
Who else is playing?
The full line-up is yet to be released, but big stars have signed up including Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsay. Over the coming weeks, the England v Soccer Aid World XI team sheets will see some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities join the line-ups.
Soccer Aid has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.
When is Soccer Aid? And how do I get a ticket?
Soccer Aid is on June 10, 2018 and will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced between £10 and £50.
They are available at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 (calls charged at standard geographical rates)
The match will be screened live on ITV.
What does the money raised from Soccer Aid go towards?
All public donations to Soccer Aid will go towards Unicef's work protecting children in the UK and globally.
An incredible £24 million has already been raised through the event over the last 12 years
|Je me crois dans le film "Emmanuelle"
|Emmanuelle (1974) is a French erotic film directed by Just Jaeckin, based on the novel Emmanelle by Emmanuelle Arsan. The film stars Sylvia Kristel in the title role, accompanied by Alain Cuny, Marika Green and Christine Boisson. Distributed by Parafrance Films, it was released in France on June 26, 1974, eventually leading to a series of films and made-for-TV films starring the same character. While the film’s release was the subject of much controversy, the film itself contained no explicit sex scenes, instead only implying the sexual relationships taking place in an exotic and erotic decor.
Je me prends pour le magazine Penthouse
|I published a great series in Penthouse in 1993.
Thank you to the lovely model, Sandrine.
|Penthouse, is a men's magazine founded by Robert C. "Bob" Guccione. It combines urban lifestyle articles and softcore pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, temporarily evolved into hardcore.
Although Guccione was American, the magazine was founded in 1965 in the United Kingdom. Beginning in September 1969, it was sold in the United States as well.
|Je me prends pour Bernard Werber
I know it’s horrible.
I met Bernard Werber a few times in the 2000s. Here he is on April 11, 2007 at the premiere for his and Claude Lelouch’s film “Nos Amis les Terriens” (Our Earthman Friends). I know it’s horrible.
|Je me prends pour Saint Exupéry
I get my Private Pilot Licence, FAA, in 1982, (validated in France in 1986) in Missouri, to access, among others, the fantastic Alaskan landscapes. Wilderness, here I come. With my camera, of course. I feel ready for "National Geographic".
With the wing above the cockpit, Cessnas are ideal for aerial photography. The 152 is the most popular single engine, two passenger planes in the world. Maximum speed 204 km/h, fix landing gear, fix pitch McCauley propeller, take off maximum weight: 757 kg, flight autonomy 5H, runway take of: 408 m.
Here in the small Cessna 152, during my first cross-country solo flight. Weather is bad. I fly below the clouds. I had secured my Nikon F3 and its fish-eye Nikkor lens 16mm F2.8 on a tripod, solidly tapes with gaffer behind the seats. Remote control triggering with the remote attached to the yoke.
|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on June 29 1900 in Lyon, France, and disappeared on July 31 1944 at sea, off the coast of Marseille, dying for his country. He was a French writer, poet, aviator, and reporter.
|Je me prends pour Rémy Poinot,
The pioneer of digital photography in France.
I met and photographed Remy Poinot in 1999. Here he is pictured in his studio on rue de Montorgueil in Paris. Remy is another forerunner of digital photography in France. He now lives in Neuilly-Plaisance.
Remy Poinot is a popular reference for his photographic vision as well as for advice sought by those seeking to understand technological progress and prepare for the future.
At 8 years old, Remy already spent time with the great fashion photographers which made him dream about his future in photography. His studies in law and physics led him into journalism, then to photography. A somewhat strange path to take, perhaps, but what is a photographer if not a writer of light?
His passion for technical skill and a predilection for risk-taking would bring him to create complex photographs. He took photographs for the army, aviation, medicine, nuclear power, and of course for publicity, where he is able to take creative and ambitious ideas and make them concrete.
Given these qualities it was natural that he transitioned so smoothly into digital photography. He was the first photographer in France to equip himself with leading edge computers to process his images.
His adaptability and future vision allows him to anticipate and follow changes by going with the flow.
|Je me prends Olivier de Kersauson.
I photographed Olivier de Kersauson in Novembre 2000.
|Olivier de Kersauson (full name: Olivier de Kersauson de Pennendreff, born 20 July 1944 in the Sarthe region) is a French writer, sailor and sailing champion.
A Vice-count, Olivier de Kersauson is the seventh child in a family of eight born to Henri de Kersauson (1906-1990) and Jeanne Buffet (1922-2011).
In 1967 he carried out his military service in a regiment of marine parachutists where he was assigned to the Pen Duick III at the behest of Eric Tabarly, who he would later consider his “master”. He moved up the ranks to quarter-master. Thanks to his “Hercules-like strength, involvement, and humour” he became one of Tabarly’s favourite crew and would even go on to serve as mate many a time on the Pen Duick.
He stayed at Tabarly’s side until 1974, whereupon he set out on an independent and successful career. During Christmas 1975 he received a lot of media attention when his boat Kriter II in the London-Sydney-London race disappeared along with its (14 people, mostly young and inexperienced sailors) for a few days. He came in fourth in the first Route du Rhum in 1978 with the Kriter IV.
In the 80s Olivier de Kersauson became a pioneer of multihulls. In 1986 he constructed his first 23-meter-long trimaran in CDK, Poulain qui devient Un Autre Regard, then Charal, a 27-metre-long trimaran in 1992, later renamed Lyonnaise des Eaux-Dumez, with which he would go for the Jules-Verne Trophy in 1994. With Sport Elec, he took the trophy from Peter Blake and would hold onto it for 5 years.
With Geronimo, a gigantic 34-metre triamaran made in 2001, he made three attempts before finally succeeding in beating the Jules Verne Trophy once again in 2004, as well as many races in the Pacific.
He owns two restaurants, Le Tour du Monde in Brest and À Larmor-Plage near Lorient.
Je me prends pour Benny Hill
|Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21 1924, Southampton - 20, 1992, Teddington), known as Benny Hill, was a British actor and singer. He is most famous for his TV show The Benny Hill Show, broadcast from 1955 to 1989. In 1969, his show left the BBC for Thames Television and would last 20 years, ending in 1989 after a special episode. Each episode features sped-up chase sequences to the music of Yakety Sax, punctuated by Beethoven’s La Lettre à Élise or the melody of Jacques Brel’s song Bruxelles, as well as cream pies and other forms of slapstick humour. Other recurring musical themes include Piero Umiliani’s Mahna Mahna and the somewhat less known Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins.
Je me prends pour Jacques-Yves Cousteau
|Dans toute ma jeunesse, je souffre d'asthme héréditaire et n'ai pas le droit de faire du sport, même pas de courir dans la cour de récréation. Donc, je ne sais pas ce que sont des barres parallèles, le lancer du poids, taper dans un ballon, etc.. Bien triste. Mais plus tard, une fois aux USA, j'ai pris ma revanche et ai fait de la plongée sous-marine dans le monde entier.
J'ai passé mon premier diplôme en 1980 avec le chef instructeur plongée de la police de Miami, Bruce Garrisson, un mec super. Il m'a juste dit, mets ta bouteille sur ton dos, ton masque sur ton nez et viens avec moi, suis-moi bien de près et on va s'éclater. Aucune appréhension, juste magnifique, un monde nouveau, des poissons colorés partout, un état d'apesanteur, le pied total.
J'ai bien sûr suivi de près mon instructeur, qui n'avait d'ailleurs pas l'intention de me lâcher d'un pouce (ils ne parlent pas en centimètre là-bas).
Ma première parole, une fois sorti, a été : où puis-je acheter un Nikonos. J'étais accro. Puis j'ai suivi mon cours Padi Open Water et ai appris les dangers et comment les éviter. Puis j'ai passé tous mes diplômes jusqu'au Nitrox.
|Quelques-unes de mes plongées :
France, Italie, Grèce, Malte, Mer Rouge (Hurghada, Safari au bord du désert et El Gouna), Bermudes, Bahamas (Nassau, Freeport, Eleutera, San Salvador), Cayman, Haïti, St. Domingue, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Iles Vierges US et Britanniques, Guadeloupe, St Martin, Martinique, St Lucie, St Eustache, Barbade, Trinidad, Curaco, Mexique (Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Mer de Cortez), Floride (Florida Keys, Clearwater, Tampa), Ohio (lac Erié), Honduras (Roatan, San Blas), Californie (Los Angeles, Catalina, Monterey, San Francisco), Colombie (Malpelo), Hawai, Canada (Vancouver Island), Alaska (Juneau, Ketchikan), Indonésie (Bali, Pulau Sepa), Philippines, Malaisie (Sipadan, Kota Kinabalu, Bornéo, Java, Sumatra), Thaïlande (Puket), Chine (Canton), Micronésie (Guam), Venezuela, Colombie, Amazonie, Vanuatu, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie, Madagascar, Requins baleines (Mexico), Sous glace (Tignes, France), Bonaire, fosses de plongée Charenton et Villeneuve-la-Garenne (île de France)
-- Certification Padi "Basic" en 1980 avec Bruce Garrison, chef instructeur plongée de la Police de Floride, dans les eaux douces des sources de la Floride du Nord.
-- Certification Padi "Advanced" et "Dive Master" en Ohio en 1982. Plongée dans le lac Erié, dans des puits et des carrières. Utilisation du masque industriel Kirby-Morgan.
-- Certifications "Rescue" Padi et Naui en Californie in 1993.
-- Reportage sur la survie en eau froide, utilisation de combinaisons isolantes sèches. Alaska. Publications dans le magazine "Asian Diver" (Singapour), 1994.
-- Photos humoristiques sous-marines. Grand Cayman. Publications dans "Photo Magazine", France, 1986.
-- Reportage sur les expéditions avec les requins, en Californie, publications dans "Oceans" (France), 1994 et Scuba World (Angleterre) 1995.
-- Reportage sur les tortues de "Sipadan Island". Publication dans "Photo-Asia" magazine (Singapour), 1992.
-- Exposition de mes photographies sous-marines à "Scuba 92" en Californie.
-- Expédition au Vanuatu (Pacifique Sud) pour photographier les dugongs (vaches marines). Première mondiale : photos de dugong et humain en milieu naturel. 1993. Publications en Angleterre (Scuba World), Australie (Sport Diving), Asie (Asian Diver), France (Hebdo) et Canada (Diver Magazine).
-- Expédition en Nouvelle-Calédonie pour photographier les caves de calcites englouties de l'Ile des Pins. 1993. Publications dans "Sport Diving" (Australie).
-- Publication d'un portfolio dans "Chasseur d'Images" (France) Sept. 1994. -- Publication d'un livre en avril 1996, "Emotions sous-marines", 128 pages, 107 photos. Mise en page, textes et photographies de Christian Fournier. Quinze années de plongées autour du monde, de rencontres surprenantes ou attendrissantes, de paysages spectaculaires ou mystérieux. Des photos insolites et émouvantes, des souvenirs à faire découvrir et à partager. Quand la photographie devient Emotions.....
-- Expédition à Madagascar en avril 2001, publication pour le magazine Plongeurs International.
-- Publication du reportage "Dugong" dans le magazine Chasseur Francais en avril 2002.
-- Voyage à El Gouna, Egypte, en mars 2002, publications pour le magazine Plongeurs International.
-- Voyage en Polynésie, en octobre 2002, publications pour le magazine Plongeurs International.
-- Voyage à Sipadan, Malaisie, en mars 2003, publications pour le magazine Plongeurs International.
-- Voyage à Saint Eustache, Caraïbes, en mai 2032, publications pour le magazine Plongeurs International.
-- Certification Nitrox PADI le 31 mai 2003.
-- Mars 2004, Pucket, Thaïlande
-- De 2004 to 2012 , plongées dans des fosses autour de Paris, en Belgique et des piscines dans le sud de la France
-- Août 2011, requins-baleines et cénotes au Yucatan, Mexique.
-- Janvier 2012, sous la glace du lac de Tignes, France
-- Août 2012, Bonaire aux Antilles Néerlandaises.
Cherchez Frédérique …. Près de Playa Del Carmen, Mexique, 2011. Nikon D700 dans un caisson Ikelite. Mon cœur en bat encore…. Non, le requin baleine n'est pas dangereux. imaginez être devant ce très très gros poisson (non ce n'est pas un mammifère). Cela faisait 20 ans que j'espérais cette rencontre. Je le vois plein pot dans mon viseur, l'eau est relativement claire (il y a évidemment du plancton en suspension car c'est cela qu'il mange), j'entends l'obturateur qui fonctionne bien, je visionne très rapidement la photo, tout baigne. Ce sentiment est gravé à tout jamais dans ma mémoire. Puis Frédérique, bien briefée et très en forme, se rapproche de la grosse bête. Alors là, encore mieux. Un gros poisson, c'est bien. Un humain à deux mètres du gros poisson, c'est encore mieux. Si vous vous demandez quel diaphragme j'ai utilisé pour cette photo, je repondrais, tout comme Howard Hall (grand photographe sous-marin rencontré en Californie) m'a répondu : "tous."
Emotions sous - marines par Christian Fournier
Son titre le suggère : l’Émotion est le fil conducteur de cet ouvrage. Émotion qui, je l’espère, se dégage des photos de cet album.
En quinze années de plongées autour du globe, j’ai réalisé de nombreuses photos, insolites, attendrissantes, inquiétantes ou mystérieuses ; je vous présente mes préférées.
Toute la conception de ce livre repose sur la beauté de l’Image.
Informations, explications ou anecdotes vous permettant de mieux “vivre” et comprendre les photos sont regroupées, à la fin de l'ouvrage. Le monde sous-marin est magique, le pénétrer est riche d’émotions.
Je souhaite vous les faire partager. Bonnes Émotions. Christian Fournier
|Je me prends pour Geneviève de Fontenay
Geneviève de Fontenay (born August 30, 1932, Longwy), née Geneviève Mulmann, is the former president of the Miss France Committee and of the Miss National Election and current honorary president of the Miss Prestige National Committee.
|I’ve photographed 7 Miss France, of which one Miss Universe.
1 - Linda Hardy Miss France 1992
|I take myself for a photographer for the AFP or Reuters.|
|I’ve photographed 5 heads of state.
Jimmy Carter, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Jacques Chirac, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron.
|I’ve photographed 25 French ministers.
|1 - Emmanuel Macron. 2 - Maurice Herzog. 3 - Valérie Pecresse. 4 - Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
5 - Dominique Strauss-Kahn. 6 - Arnaud Montebourg. 7 - Michèle Alliot-Marie. 8 - David Douillet. 9 - Roselyne Bachelot.
10 - Claude Allègre. 11 - Francis Mer. 12 - Lionel Jospin. 13 - Manuel Walls. 14 - Audrey Azoulay. 15 - Pierre Mesmer. 16 - Pierre Moscovici. 17 - Frédéric Lefebvre. 18 - Bernard Kouchner. 19 - Dominique Perben. 20 - Jacques Chirac. 21 - Fleur Pellerin. 22 - Thierry Breton. 23 - Serge Lepeltier. 24 - Nicolas Hulot. 25 - Jean-François Copé.
|Je me prends pour un Scottish Lord
|Je me prends pour Olivier Föllmi.
Olivier Föllmi, born on February 28, 1958 in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, is a French-Swiss photographer. He is particularly well-known for his photos of the Himalayas, notably of Zanskar and Tibet and of their inhabitants.
|I photographed Olivier Föllmi at the Salon de la Photo in Paris in 2017
|Pretending I’m taking part in the Dakar Ralley.
Je me crois dans le film "La grande Vadrouille". C'est la vraie moto utilisée dans le tournage du film.
|Je me prends pour David Copperfield, le magicien
|Je me crois dans Jurassic Park
|Je me crois dans Back to the Future
|I met Christopher Lloyd, also known as Doctor Emmett Brown, in February 2016
at the Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show.
Yours truly with Christopher Lloyd, AKA Doctor Emmett Brown from Back to the Future.
Christopher Allen Lloyd, born on October 22 1939 in Stamford, has won three Emmy Awards.
The infamous “almanac” is now outdated.
|Je me prends pour The Beatles.
|Je me prends pour un Sultan
|Je me prends pour Henry Cavendish.
|Henry Cavendish FRS was a British natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he called "inflammable air". He described the density of inflammable air, which formed water on combustion, in a 1766 paper "On Factitious Airs". Antoine Lavoisier later reproduced Cavendish's experiment and gave the element its name. A notoriously shy man (it has been postulated that he was on the autism spectrum), Cavendish was nonetheless distinguished for great accuracy and precision in his researches into the composition of atmospheric air, the properties of different gases, the synthesis of water, the law governing electrical attraction and repulsion, a mechanical theory of heat, and calculations of the density (and hence the mass) of the Earth. His experiment to measure the density of the Earth has come to be known as the Cavendish experiment.
|Je me prends pour le fantôme de l'Opéra
I think of myself as a fake photo buster.
In photography, I know what I am talking about.
Christian Fournier: it's a Photoshop paste, rather poorly done.
Example with a photo I took in 2016:
|I think of myself as sophisticated
|Je me prends pour Al Giddings.
August 2011: Inside the Mama Viña wreck near Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. 15 minutes by boat, 30 metres down, sandy bottom and decent visibility. You can see Frédérique illuminating the glassfish with her lamp.
Giddings is well known in the entertainment industry for his creative directing and undersea camera work, demonstrated in such classic films as THE DEEP and the James Bond classics FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. Giddings pushed underwater film techniques and technology to the edge as director of underwater photography for 20th Century Fox's blockbuster THE ABYSS, which captured an Academy Award nomination for outstanding cinematography. He also served as Co-producer/Director of Underwater Photography on Jim Cameron's 1997 Fox spectacular, TITANIC, the highest grossing film in movie history. In addition, Giddings directed and filmed the heart stopping under-ice sequences in DAMIEN: OMEN II, and Disney's NEVER CRY WOLF.
|Je me prends pour un Emir
|Je me prends pour un Maharaja
|Je me prends pour Lavoisier.
|Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier (Paris, 26, 1743 - Paris, May 8, 1794) was a French chemist now considered the father of modern chemistry. His discoveries proved wrong the reigning alchemical theories of the time which stated that any element could appear, disappear or transform into another.
|I take myself for Antoine (the singer this time, of "les élugubrations"
En 1984, Je passe mes diplômes de voile, pour de superbes photos de croisières à la voile aux Caraïbes (surtout les Bahamas, les îles vierges US et britanniques : Tortola, Virgin Gorda, et Jost Van Dyke), en Floride et en Californie.
Vivent les belles plages désertes! Merci Antoine, Oh Yea! (pour les jeunes, ceci est une référence à une vieille chanson).
Je trouve cela extraordinaire. Les cartes de navigation des îles vierges sont quasiment des photos aériennes. Choisi ton île, s'il y a déjà un bateau à l'ancre, prends la suivante et tu auras toute l'intimité possible. Sea, Sex and Sun (pour les jeunes, ceci est encore une référence à une vieille chanson). C'est fabuleux les îles désertes.
Calme, propre, bleu et blanc. J'ai peur que 30 ans après, avec le développement du tourisme, cela soit devenu plus difficile, comme mes plages désertes de Cozumel, au Mexique où je suis retourné en 2011 et les ai retrouvées habitées. Bon, moi je n'ai pas fait d'enfants, qui n'ont pas fait d'enfants, qui n'ont pas fait d'enfants, etc..
|Je me prends pour Jules Cesar
|Je me prends pour Vasco de Gama
|1953-1980 : Pas-de-Calais, Angleterre (Londres, Reading, Lake District, Peak District, Cambridge, Oxford, Ecosse, Pays de Galles), Italie (Rome, Capri, Venise), Grèce (Corfou), Norvège (Oslo).
1980-1989 USA et Caraïbes : Bahamas (Nassau, Freeport, Eleutera, San Salvador), Cayman, Haïti, St. Domingue, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Iles Vierges US et Britanniques, Guadeloupe, St Martin, Martinique, St Lucie, St Eustache, Barbade, Trinidad, Curaco, Bonaire, Floride (Florida Keys, Clearwater, Tampa), Ohio (lac Erié), Honduras (Roatan, San Blas), Californie (Los Angeles, Catalina, Monterey, San Francisco);
1983 Colorado; 1984-1989 Alaska (Juneau, Mendenhall glacier, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, Bettles); 1984 Haiti (Port-au-Prince, Cap Haïtien, la Citadelle La Ferrière, le palais de Sans-Souçi, Labadie); 1985 San Blas, Canal de Panama, 1987 Amazonie (Belem, Manaus); 1989 Hawai (Maui et son Parc national de Haleakalā, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai); 1991 Bali (Kota de Denpasar, lac et volcan Batur, Ubud, Tulamben); 1991 chine (Shanghai, Canton, Tsingtao); 1991 Jakarta; 1991 Nias; 1991 Sipadan; Indonésie (Bali, Pulau Sepa), Philippines, Malaisie (Sipadan, Kota Kinabalu, Bornéo, Java, Sumatra); Nouvelle-Calédonie (Nouméa, Yaté, Iles de Pins); 1993 Vanuatu; 1996 Red Sea; 1998 Cannes; 2001 Moscou; 2001 Madagascar; 2002 El Gouna Egypte; 2002 Polynèsie (Morea, Bora-Bora, Rangiroa, Tikehau); 2002-Etretat; 2003 Sipadan, Bornéo; 2003 St Eustache, Caraïbes;
2004 Thaïlande, Puket; 2004 Bari Italie; 2005 et 2007 Inde, Jaipur, Trichy, Guruvayoor, Udaipur, Chennai, Pushkar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Bikaner, New Dehli, Le temple de Kari Mata, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Rajasthan, Mandawa, Mettupalayam, Tanjore, Pondichery, Jaisalmer, Madurai, temple Meenakshi Amman, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, etc…; 2005 Angleterre Brighton; 2005 Auvergne; 2006 Tanzanie, Serengeti, N'gorogoro, Kilimanjaro; 2006 Croatie; 2006 Guedelon, Périgord, Lubéron; 2007 Grèce; 2008 Le Mont St Michel; 2008 Hollande Keukenhof; 2008 Belgique; 2008 St Tropez; 2008 en Sardaigne; 2008 Bruges: 2008 South Africa; 2008 Amsterdam; 2009 Belgique Namur; 2009 Iceland; 2009 Bavière et Belgique; 2009 Amsterdam, 2010 Waterloo; 2010 Canada, Montréal, Québec, Tadoussac, la Seigneurie du Triton; 2010 Guedelon et Boutissaint; 2008 Amsterdam, 2010 Canaris; 2011 La Transbaie 2et Marcanterre; 2011 Vosges; 2011 Mexique Cozumel, Play del Carmen; 2011 Grèce, 2012 Tignes; 2012 Alsace; 2012 Bonaire; 2012 Cabourg; 2012 London Olympics; 2012 Pas-de-Calais, Arras, Leeward; 2012 Espagne Saragossa; 2013 UK, Reading Oxford; 2013 Las Vegas, Brice Canyon, Cedars; 2013 Malte; 2014 Cotentin;
2014 Istanbul; 2014 Normandie, Ecosse; 2014 Dubaï, 2015 Costa Rica, Vosges, Bretagne, Marseille, Budapest (Hongrie); 2016 Cracovie (Pologne), Normandie, Barcelone, Londres, Hastings, Lisbonne, 2017 Madère, etc.
Photography is the only language that can be understood all over the world.
|Je me prends pour Little Big Man
|Je me prends pour Eric Tabarly
Je me prends pour Coluche
|Thanks for everything, Coluche.
The French comedian Coluche adopted from early on an offensive style without, he said, falling into vulgarity. His style was sarcastic and marked notably by his freedom of expression, he became known for taking on taboo topics, and later moral and political values in contemporary society. In 1974, he rose in fame for his parody of a TV game show: Le Schmilblick (skit). In 1984, he was awarded a César for best actor in his dramatic role in Tchao Pantin. Taking turns between provoking and instigating with his social positions, he even ran for president in 1981 before dropping out of the race. Popular and beloved by the public, in 1985 he founded the organization Les Restos du Coeur, a help centre for those living in poverty, several months before he died in a motorcycle accident.
I visited and photographed the Les Restos du Cœur warehouses in 2014, the organization is thriving 29 years later. Bravo, Coluche. Having been homeless myself in 1993, I know what I’m talking about (See page 41, My Ruin).
2016 : Coluche’s grave in Montrouge. Coluche was only 42 when he died.
Don’t complain about getting older, not everyone has the privilege.
|October 31, 2016 : Expo Coluche at l'Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
|I take myself for a rich tourist.
|Je me prends pour Uncle Sam
|Je me prends pour un junky
|Pretending to be the Marx Brothers with my colleagues.
|Doing my best to blend in with the Chinese.
Je me prends pour les Monty Python
|Monty Python is a group of British comedians made famous by their first creation, the TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus which was first broadcast on BBC on October 5 1969. The series would last until December 5 1974 with 45 episodes. There were six members: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. All of the members are English except for Terry Gilliam who is from the States and Terry Jones who is Welsh.|
|Je me prends pour John Cleese
The world is becoming too sensitive. Soon I won’t even be able to laugh at myself without someone getting offended!
|I pretend I am in Story of Eau (Yes, eau like water, not O)
|Story of O, originally Histoire d’O in French, is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French by Pauvert. The novel was awarded the Deux Majots prize the following year.
The story centres around a young woman named O who is free and independent (sexually free, for the 50s). The novel begins when her lover René takes her to a castle in Roissy where women are trained. She becomes a slave in the castle, suffering (she is often whipped) and knowing no pleasure other than belonging to others. In an old mansion in Samois she is branded with her master’s initials. O promises, by love, to submit herself to whatever her lover (first René, then later Sir Stephen when René gives her to him) and she kills herself.
The novel is in part based on past truth : in Roissy, a type of seclusion was once practiced reminiscent of what was once imposed on those living in brothels before their prohibition in 1946 after campaigns by Marthe Richard.
|I only use 25 shades of grey.
June 17, 2015 : Artistic Nude, Homage to Helmut Newton, at the StarCréation Studio with Model Aleksa Slusarchi, Make-Up Artist Lucky Nguyen, Photography by Christian Fournier, casting by Pat Denton.
|Pretending I’m in “3:10 to Yuma”
|“3 :10 to Yuma” is a 1957 American Western film directed by Delmer Daves.
The film is based on the short story “Three-Ten to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard, published in the March 1953 edition of Dime Western Magazine. A remake by the same name, this time directed by James Mangold, came out in 2007.
|Je me crois dans "La Belle et la Bête" avec Léa Pellissier
alias Wendy Plsr
|Je me crois dans Robinson Crusoé.
C'est un roman d'aventures anglais de Daniel Defoe, publié en 1719. L'histoire s'inspire très librement de la vie d'Alexandre Selkirk. Écrit à la première personne, l'intrigue principale du roman se déroule sur une île déserte où Robinson, après avoir fait naufrage, vécut pendant 28 ans. Durant son séjour, il fit connaissance d'un « sauvage » qu'il nomma Vendredi. Les deux compagnons vécurent ensemble pendant plusieurs années avant de pouvoir quitter l'île.
|Je me crois avec Jules Vernes.
|Pretending to be a firefighter.
This is a fake photo: do not call me if your house is on fire.
|I am a pillar.
|Pretending I am part of Louis XIV’s court in the La Galerie des Glaces in Versailles.
My thanks to Frédérique Gorsky.
|Channeling my inner Liu Bolin, king of optical illusions.
Can you spot the zebra?
Je me prends pour Father Ted.
|FFather Ted is a British sitcom written by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan. It aired on Channel 4 and RTE Two in Ireland, with 24 24-minute-long episodes running from April 21 1955 to May 1 1998. The show was critically acclaimed, receiving multiple BAFTA awards, and is often rerun in the UK and in Ireland.
The show is set on Craggy Island, a small island off Ireland’s coast, and shows the misadventures of three priests exiled to the island along with their housekeeper. The priests have been exiled to the island for behaviour deemed unfit for the Catholic Church: Father Ted Crilly for improper use of donations to the Church, Father Jack Hackett for being an alcoholic obsessed with women and whose vocabulary is largely limited to “Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls! » and Father Dougal McGuire who is simple-minded.
|Je me prends pour le magazine PlayBoy.
|I actually took part in a PlayBoy photoshoot in 1985 on the cruiseship the S/S Rhapsody.
Many thanks to David Macey for allowing me to participate in the Playboy shoot.
Special thanks to Playmate Susan Schott.
|Je me crois avec Abba
|ABBA are a Swedish pop group, formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (known as “Frida”). The group's name, a palindrome, derives from the first letter in each of the first names of its members, although they only started to use the famous ambigram with the backwards letter B as their logo in 1976.
|Je me prends pour Amundsen
|Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (July 16, 1872 in Borge, Norway – June 18 1928) was a Norwegian sailor and explorer of polar regions.
Je me prends pour le magazine "PHOTO"
PS: This is a fake cover, with a photo taken by me, obviously.
|Je me crois dans le magazine "PHOTO"
Photo de moi-même réalisée par Didier Bizos sur le Stand du magazine "Photo"
PS: This is a fake cover.
|I photographed PHOTO’s editor-in-chief Eric-Colmet-Daage in 2010
Éric Colmet Daâge, born in 1948 in Paris, is now Photo magazine’s Editor at Large after having served as its editor-in-chief for many years.
After completing high school at the lycée Saint-Jean-de-Passy, Daage met Henri Cartier-Bresson with his father and became assistant to the photographer Benjamin Auger for the magazine Salut les Copains.
In 1967 he became assistant to Régis Pagniez, artistic director for Photo, and then to Guy Trillat. In 1970 he took over the artistic direction for Son-Magazine.
In 1972, he became Photo’s artistic director and had been its editor-in-chief since the magazine’s launch. In 1992, he collaborated with Éric Neveu to create Newlook3. Alongside, from 1985 to 2000, he created and directed the “La Défonce du Consommateur” column in the magazine Lui which every month presented original and unusual objects. He also directed the many special editions of Lui dedicated to these objects.
In 2014, he stepped down as Editor-in-Chief to become Editor At Large for Photo.
|Je me prends pour David Hamilton
David Hamilton (April 15, 1933, London – November 25, 2016, Paris) was a British photographer and film director. Having moved to France in the 50’s, he became known for his photography of young women and underage girls, mostly in the nude.
When you hear "soft focus", who comes to mind?
|Je me vois dans le film Halloween
|I take myself for F. Baumgartner,
Who set the world vertical freefall record in 2012 from an altitude of 39,376 metres.
I completed by military service at the Drachenbronn disciplinary military base in the Vosges. I really enjoyed skydiving: during the 20 seconds of freefall, no one can yell at you. I did skydiving 15 years later in Canada near Vancouver with Angel Swanson.
|Je me prends pour Herbie Hancock
|I met Herbie Hancock at the Chloe and Gerald’s wedding in Monte Carlo on the yacht Christina “O” on August 28, 2010.
Born April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Herbie Hancock is a jazz composer and pianist among the most influential jazz musicians. He added into his jazz music elements taken from soul, rock, funk, disco, and even sometimes rhythms borrowed from rap.
|Je me prends pour Walker Evans
|On July 25, 2017, I visited the Walker Evans exposition at the Centre Pompidou.
|Walker Evans (November 3 1903, Saint-Louis, Missouri – April 10, 1975, New Haven, Connecticut) was an American photographer. He was one of the major figures of American 20th century photography, paying special attention to cities and their inhabitants, attentiveness gleaned from his literary past.
The work which would make him famous and differentiate him from his contemporaries was his photographic work starting in 1935 for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. This project remained in line with his prior work and would influence an entire generation through its humanist and documentary implications.
Using a large view camera with impeccable precision, Evans photographed the period’s architecture, interiors, banners and posters as well as problems faced by the FSA. The impact of his initial works surpassed individual stylistic influence to change even the conception of the FSA’s project, widening the scope from only agricultural problems to the whole of society and vernacular culture.
I enter into one of Evans’ photos.
1982, Missouri, USA. I created this photo thanks to the wind which gently swayed the flowers. I used different combinations of shutter speeds to get the blur effect in the foreground, and apertures to get the background blur. No Photoshop.
|In October 2016, Frédérique Gorsky and I visited Claude Monet’s home in Giverny.
|Je me prends pour JR
JR x TIME = GUN CONTROL
The Gun Chronicles: A story of America
In association with a special edition of TIME Magazine, artist JR (JR Artist) seeks to facilitate an unbiased and honest conversation about gun control from all sides of the debate through a traveling exhibition, the last stop of which will be at the Dallas Museum of Art. A mural will be presented that combines his portraits of hundreds of individuals, giving a face to the full and complex spectrum of views on guns in America.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
THE LIVE MURAL
Individuals were filmed in slow motion interacting with someone else in the mural, creating a living artwork that vividly depicts the issue. Each side of the issue is represented by individuals and groups sharing their stories and visual interactions.
On a broader level, the live mural will be projected all around the country and will be made available to the public to use as a tool for gathering communities and creating meaningful dialogue.
Learn more about the event here: time.com/Guns-in-America
|Frédérique et moi-même faisons partie de la gigantesque fresque/vidéo. Pouvez-vous nous trouver ?
|Frédérique and myself pretend
to be Neandertalians.
|I take myself for a great philosopher.
I don’t need any therapy, I just need to go do some photography.
|Je me prends pour Carl Sagan.
|Le 27 septembre 2015 : La lune de sang
Prises de vue et montage intervallomètre : Christian Fournier. Lieu : les locaux de L'AFA (Association Française d'Astronomie) au Parc Montsouris à Paris.
Photos and timelapse by Christian Fournier in Parc Montsouris near Paris.
Dans la nuit du 27 au 28 septembre 2015 a eu lieu une éclipse lunaire exceptionnelle. Le satellite particulièrement près de la Terre sera teinté de rouge et il disparaîtra totalement pendant plusieurs minutes. Les éclipses lunaires totales ou partielles peuvent sembler moins spectaculaires car plus fréquentes que les éclipses solaires totales. Celle qui se déroula dans la nuit du 28 septembre prochain a mérité néanmoins d'avoir les yeux au ciel quelques minutes pour la voir. En effet, il s'agit d'une "super-lune". L'astre dont l'orbite réalise une ellipse autour de la Terre se trouva très près de nous (363 104 km pour être précis) et a paru plus grosse dans le ciel. Par ailleurs, l'alignement avec le soleil donne à la lune une teinte écarlate particulière. Elle est alors surnommée "Lune de Sang". C'est la conjonction de ces deux phénomènes astronomiques qui rend l'événement exceptionnel. Ce type d'éclipse se produit rarement et la prochaine visible depuis la France aura lieu en 2033.
I used two Nikon boddies D600. One with a Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 for the time-lapse and the other with a Sigma 500mm for the close-ups. Both on tripods of course, equipped with Manfrotto micrometric heads. Antivibration, mirror up, noise reduction, remote triggering to avoid shake, drastic exposure bracketing, raw format, lens correction with Lightroom, moon always in the centre of the frame for better lens definition. The sky was very clear and had been for the past two days without a single cloud (rather rare for Paris), the air was crisp, the visibility very sharp (very rare in Paris). During the day, we had a special and unique carless day which reduces pollution (I am not sure it contributed to this exceptional visibility though). We were in a wooded small recreational small park in Paris, with not to much light pollution (for Paris). Not many stars were visible tough.
|Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996) was an American scientist and astronomer. One of the pioneers of exobiology, he set up and promoted the SETI program for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. He is also remembered for being a science popularizer and his scepticism. He was a professor and director of the Laboratory of Planetary Studies at Cornell University where he contributed to most of the automatic missions exploring the solar system.
Sagan is also known for having co-written an article warning about the dangers of nuclear winter. During the first Gulf war Sagan predicted that the smoke resulting from Americans’ bombardments on Iraqi oil wells and refineries would be similar to the effects of nuclear winter.
Above all Sagan is remembered by the public for his popularization of science. He co-wrote and narrated the TV series Cosmos (13 episodes seen by 10 million viewers) in which he developed, among other things, a cosmic calendar, which would often be revisited in books and documentaries on astronomy.
Sagan was one of the founding fathers of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry which promoted skepticism and the scientific method, considering that to this day there has been no proof of the existence of paranormal activity. His book The Demon-Haunted World is considered a classic of scientific skepticism.
The most incredible thing about Sagan is that he is nearly entirely unknown in France, even though he pretty much saved the planet by meeting Ronald Reagan and Gorbatchev during the time of the Cold War and the careless amassing of nuclear arsenals on each side. Sagan explained to them that they were akin to two warriors in a garage filled with gasoline threatening each other with a box of matches.
From Shannon Templeton, met in 1987.
Those are gorgeous pictures of the Moon, I love how you included the night version of the "UFO" and then the day version showing it is a lamp. That is wonderful!
I have stopped using Facebook, it was taking up too much of my time. I also think it is a little bit awful and actively screwed up the elections for the US helping put Trump in office. But it does have its good side, such as getting to see your pictures, and I really miss that. So I may start using it again, who knows? I am so happy you emailed me when you didn't see me on Facebook. Thank you for doing that!
I am involved with a very exciting project now which is taking up my time - NASA's TESS planet hunter space telescope. The observatory I work with got accepted into their "follow up" program which means I'm part of the group of astronomers who get to see the data first. The TESS cameras have huge pixels that can have more than one star in each pixel, so when an exoplanet crosses in front of its star (from our point of view), there is a small dip in the light. The TESS cameras will detect the small dimming which triggers an alert that there may be an exoplanet somewhere in the sky area covered by the huge pixel. We get a list of those coordinates in the sky and then it's our job to follow up using our ground based telescope to see which star is dimming in brightness. I hope I have explained it well, it is so exciting to be involved with this work! What could be more fun than finding planets outside our solar system?
This gives a good overview of what TESS does: https://www.nasa.gov/content/about-tess
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey 200,000 of the brightest stars near the sun to search for transiting exoplanets. TESS launched on April 18, 2018, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
TESS scientists expect the mission will catalog thousands of planet candidates and vastly increase the current number of known exoplanets. Of these, approximately 300 are expected to be Earth-sized and super-Earth-sized exoplanets, which are worlds no larger than twice the size of Earth. TESS will find the most promising exoplanets orbiting our nearest and brightest stars, giving future researchers a rich set of new targets for more comprehensive follow-up studies.
And here is more about the Follow Up program if you want to see examples of the data. I know you would love the math. https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/tess/followup.html
I hope you are doing well, it is always wonderful to hear from you.
|Pretending I am an airline pilot.
|Je me prends pour Sherlock Holmes
Elementary, Docteur Watson.
|I copy Pink Floyd who show off their gear in Ummagumma.|
1 - Flight case TENBA Airbag ACM-HEAD-2
2 - Flight case TENBA Airbag ACM-HEAD-3 à roulettes
3 - Table de prise de vue Manfrotto avec éclairage possible par-dessous et derrière
4 - Flash Profoto D1/500 air
5 et 25 - Triflector Lasolite avec support. Son sac est en ref 25
6 - Lightform P22 portable panel frame avec toile amovible argent
7 - Lightform P22 portable panel frame avec toile or
8 - Lightform P22 portable panel frame avec toile amovible transparente
9 - Mandarines Cosmolight-Beam 800 W avec coupe-flux + filtres lumière du jour + ampoules Osram Halogen
10 - Trépied Manfrotto 055
11 - Toile Lasolite textile mouchetée sur support de fond et barre transversale Manfrotto
12 - Proglobe Profoto sur girafe Manfrotto avec un Profoto D1 air
13 - Fond lumineux Lasolite HILITE 1,5 x 2,15m avec 2 Profoto D1 air à l'intérieur
14 - Fond papier blanc Colorama de 2,72 m x 11m sur support de fond et barre transversale Manfrotto
15 - Ma voiture Toyota Yaris Verso, mini camionnette à 5 portes, 3,88 m de long, 1,72 m de haut et 1,69 m de large
16 - Voiture mini camionnette Mercedes Vito de location 6 m2, hauteur 1,91 m
17 - Bol beauté Profoto sur un Profoto D1 air
18 - Toile verte de 6m par 6 m sur support 3 pieds
19 - Petit pied Manfrotto + flash cobra Nikon D910 + émetteur/transmetteur PocketWizard + petit parapluie transparent
20 - Miroir acrylique flexible
21 - 4 réflecteurs pliables Lasolite circulaire de tailles et couleurs variées
22 - Tente de diffusion Lasolite
23 - Réflecteur Lightform carré P15 portable panel frame avec toiles amovibles
24 - Boîte à lumière Profoto strip light de 1,80m x 0,30m
25 - Sac de transport du Triflector Lasolite avec support ref 5
26 - Pied colonne Manfrotto 806 avec rotule micrométrique à crémaillère Manfrotto 410
27 - Fond papier bleu clair Colorama de 2,72 m x 11m sur support de fond et barre transversale Manfrotto
28 - Ordinateur portable Macintosh MacBook Pro 17" 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB, 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
29 - Ecran Apple 23" Cinema Display mat spécial pour les arts graphiques
30 - Peluche/mascotte prisedevue custom made
31 - Différentes valises et sacs photo Pelican, Tenba, Lowepro, KandH et Kata
32 - Différentes valises et sacs photo Pelican, Tenba, Lowepro, KandH et Kata
33 - Un des 4 parapluies géants de 145 cm de diamètre
34 - Boîte à lumière Profoto 60 x 80 cm
35 - Caisson Ikelite pour Nikon DSLR et Dôme Ikelite 8" pour 16mm Fish-eye Nikkor
36 - Caisson sous marin Recsea WHN-P7000 et fisheye circulaire 8mm Dyron
37 - Mégaphone à pile
38 - Cachée sous la table Manfrotto un Flash Profoto D1/500 air
39 - Un photographe incomparable qui doit avoir beaucoup de matériel d'éclairage et de transport
pour assurer tous types de prises de vues en mode, publicité, industrie, reportage, événementiel, portraits, presse, sous-marin, et mariage.
Sans numéro ou hors champ : Ewa-Marine U-A 100, Sac à dos Kata DR-466 DL, Batterie Quantum QTC TurboCompact + câble CCKE,
Profoto coupe-flux, Softlight, nids d'abeille, Flashmètre Minolta IV F + 5° spot,
Flashmètre Minolta IV F + 5° spot, panneau noir velvet Lasolite 5602 1,5x1,8m, monopode Manfrotto carbone 449,
pied Manfrotto carbone 044, rotule Manfrotto Quick Grip, 6 auto poles Manfrotto 032B + 3 expans,
Manfrotto Magic Arms, super-clamps, spigots, escabeau, trolley, Torche Kaizer 8S 300w 230v 3400K,
pied perche son KetBK, GoPro Hero 3 black WiFi + harnais bras, poitrine, front, ventouse, écran LCD,
|I pretend I am a woman, but it doesn’t work very well.
|I think I am Casanova, and it works!
Although he is often compared to Don Juan as a seducer or womanizer, Gianocomo Casanova did not live his life by the same philosophy: he was not a collector. Sometimes portrayed – like in Fellini’s eponymous film – as a puppet controlled only by his lust, turning away from his conquest as soon as she has given into him, he would become attached and try to help the woman with her predicaments. A real historical person who defined himself as pleasure-seeking, he was a man of free thought and action throughout his life.
View my page 28 of this biography.
*Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928), better known as Dr. Ruth, is an American sex therapist, media personality, and author. The New York Times described her as a "Sorbonne-trained psychologist who became a kind of cultural icon in the 1980s.… She ushered in the new age of freer, franker talk about sex on radio and television. She encouraged sex and more sex and participated in the 1980 sex revolution in the USA.
Homage to the women I met on cruiseships.
They were all adorable women, and I thank them all wholeheartedly. We had some good fun, without ulterior motives or false hopes.
After the pill and before Aids, before the Spring Breaks, during THE LOVE BOAT TV shows.
As a consequence, I have a pretty concrete picture of Americans’ lives in the 80’s.
|I think of myself as Cameron Diaz's lover
|I even have the gall to take myself
for a cruiseship photographer!
|And hey, it works.
|Je suis un gangster
|I take myself for La Palisse, Grand Master of France: if there were no photographers, this page wouldn’t exist.
Jacques de La Palice (or de La Palisse) (1470, Lapalisse, Bourbonnais – 24 February 1525, Pavie, Italy) was a French nobleman and military officer, Lord of La Palice, of Pacy, of Chauverothe, of Bort-le-Comte and of Héron, as well as Grand Master of France. He served under three French kings (Charles VIII, Louis XII, and François 1er) and fought in all the Italian wars of his time.
Lapalissade is a term meaning an utterly obvious truth, deriving from the epitaph on his tomb: "Ci-gît le Seigneur de La Palice: s'il n'était pas mort, il ferait encore envie." ("Here lies the Seigneur de La Palice: If he weren't dead, he would still be envied.") which was misread as “If he weren’t dead, he would still be alive.”
|No, I wasn’t a photographer during WWII!
|I just photograph historical reconstitutions.
|I have the gift of ubiquity: I am everywhere at once!
The photographer / fashion model / George Clooney lookalike, Christian Fournier,
prepares to pose for an ecstatic crowd at Paris Fashion Week in October 2015.
Here Christian Fournier shows off his magnificent photographer’s ensemble:
black pants, T-shirt delicately embroidered with the infamous logo of “prisedevue.photos”
and his extraordinary vest, also black and embroidered with the logo,
tastefully equipped with a great number of practical pockets stuffed
with lenses and a variety of batteries. A harness has been sewn onto the vest
to displace the weight of the luxurious but encumbering Nikon D4 with its lenses
and flashes from the photography star’s fragile vertebra to his solid shoulders.
Owing to his extended experience in pedagogy (having started out as a math teacher),
the photography star lends his expertise to teach models how to walk down a catwalk.
What’s more, much like the electrons in quantum mechanics (with which Christian Fournier is familiar),
this incredible photographer can be in multiple places at once, a feat which his clients ask of him constantly.
This sublime photo, created by Christian Fournier himself with a time lapse,
has managed to capture this phenomenon, a first in quantum mechanics and photography.
|Rocco Siffredi ?
|Rocco Tano, born in 1964 in Ortona (Chieti, Abruzzes, Italy), better known as Rocco Siffredi, is an Italian actor, and producer and director of pornographic films.
|I take myself for the inventor of Photobombing.
Photobombing in the year 1984 : How to ruin someone else’s portrait. We would photobomb portraits quite often, for friends only of course, never for passengers. We’d also make beautiful portraits of these friends at the same time. Those grimacing in the background are Jamie Harrison and myself.
|I take myself for the inventor of the selfie.
My very first selfie, 1986.
|A selfie is an self-portrait photograph, often taken in a social context, like in a couple or in a group, or in festive or touristic settings (such as with a famous monument). Usually this is done with a smartphone held at arm’s length or attached at the end of a selfie-stick.
Casual in nature, a selfie is usually taken with a digital camera, mobile phone, or webcam. They are then often shared with others by text or upon social networking services. They may be used to attest to one’s presence in a certain place or with a certain person (for example, a selfie taken with a celebrity, with or without their consent), or as one’s profile picture, or simply to share one’s state on a given day or share certain scenes (such as the sexting/selfie by Anthony Weiner in 2011).
|I took this selfie with my outreached arm holding a Nikon D4 equipped with the Nikkor 16mm F2.8 fisheye lens. While being battered by the strong wind and with the helicopter’s vibrations, this was no easy feat.
In a helicopter to photograph the maiden voyage of the ship Le Piana, from Split, Croatia to Trieste, Italy, before taking up its regular itinerary in December 2011.
Le Piana is a mixed ship (ferry / ro-ro) which now goes between Marseille and Bastia every day for La Méridionale company. It is one of the biggest ships in the La Méridionale fleet in terms of freight (garages for 200 cars, 2.5km of vehicles) and the second biggest, after the Girolata, in terms of passenger capacity (700 people).
I take myself for Hara-Kiri, the precursor
to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
January 11th, 2015: “Charlie” Republican March at the Place de la République, around 1.5 million people. 130 MB panorama, 20 vertical photos, done with a 14mm Nikkor lens, with a 25MP Nikon D750, on a 2.5m monopod.
|I paid homage to Professeur Choron (co-founder of the magazine), in September 2016.
|Je me prends pour Hubert Reeves.
J'ai retrouvé, en 2015, mon ancienne règle à calcul, pas utilisée depuis ma Maîtrise de maths en 1974 !
Je ne sais même plus m'en servir avec grâce.
En arrière-plan, vous pouvez voir mes écrans 30" sans reflets.
Mon ordinateur Mac dernier cri, la tour cylindrique qui ressemble à un cendrier ou un vase en argent est ici cachée car en bas du meuble. Mes appareils photo Nikon sont, en situation de studio, comme ici, connectés à mon ordinateur,
ce qui permet d'acquérir et visionner mes photos (même 3000 photos de 80 Mo chacune) en temps réel.
Cela permet une grande ef
ficacité et rapidité pour mes clients.
Que de bouleversements technologiques depuis 1974 !
I met Hubert Reeves in September 2007.
Hubert Reeves (born July 13, 1932 in Montreal) is a French Canadian astrophysicist, science popularizer and ecologist. While he started his career as an Astrophysics researcher, he has also promoted the popularization of science since the 70’s and has been an environmental activist since the 2000s.
|I take myself for a Math Teacher.
Legend has it that Thales of Miletus (about 626-547 BC) was invited by King Amasis, warned of his great knowledge. The king declared that he did not know the height of the fantastic pyramids already almost two thousand years old. Thales planted his cane at noon in the sand vertically and said to the king:
"The shadow of my cane is exactly equal to its height, and so must your pyramid." ....
In geometry, Thales's theorem, or intercept theorem, states that on a plane, a line parallel to one of the sides of the triangle cuts it into two similar triangles.
The legend goes that Thales of Milet (around 626-547BC) had been invited by King Amasis who had gotten wind of Thales’s great knowledge. Thales lived up to his reputation when the King declared he did not know the height of the great pyramids, already almost 2000 years old.
At noon Thales planted his cane straight up in the ground and said to the King, “My cane’s shadow is equal to its height, the same must be true for your pyramid.”
The lines AP and BC are parallel so the triangles DBC and DPA are similar and the sides AP, PD, AD are proportional to the sides BC, BD, and CD. As we can measure the lines PD, BC, CB and BD, we can calculate AP. Magic? No, Mathematics. Bravo, Thales.
At the Parc de Sceaux near Paris, I make use of a tree’s shadow to illustrate
my simplified version of Thales’s theorem by positioning myself such that
my shadow ends at the same point as the tree’s.
|I even got my Bachelor of Mathematics in 1975!
October ‘74 to June ‘75: Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Amiens
In mathematics, topology is concerned with the properties of space that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching, crumpling and bending, but not tearing or gluing.
|I take myself for a Professor of the History of Photography.
Frédérique Gorsky and Christian Fournier at the "Le Grand Siècle" event at the Vaux le Vicomte castle in 2013.
Costumes by Carole Hivet.
4x5 inch view camera, wet collodion process.
Admittedly a double anachronism since the photographic process didn’t yet exist under Louis XIV, and the view camera no longer exists in 2013… but oh well. As Napoleon used to say, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.
|I take myself for a Photography Instructor.
1 - Eline, who is not a professional model, but who is quite good at it anyway.
2 - Nikon D3x with 25 megapixels equipped with a Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens
3 - Profoto D1 air flash triggered at a distance by the n° 9 trigger
4 – Profoto Anti-glare barn door to control the lightbeam shining on Eline’s hair
5 – Profoto Hive lighting and reflector to control the softness and shadows on Eline’s face
6 - Three 2.72 x 11m rolls of white, grey, and black paper
7 – Transversal support bar and Manfrotto chains to quickly change the three background rolls of paper
8 – White cardstock as a reflector, held in place thanks to a Manfrotto Magic Arm n°12
9 - Profoto trigger for the flashes
10 – Manfrotto tripod which wasn’t used for this photoshoot, because I take photographic portraits with my camera in hand for more flexibility and speed
11 – Calibrated 30” screen. There’s another one beside it, out of view.
12 – Manfrotto Magic Arm
13 – Out of sight : Mac 3.7 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xenon E5 Computer which allows me to view all the photos instantly in high resolution (80 Mb per photo)
Also out of sight : the photographer Christian Fournier who took this photograph and all the photos of Eline, too.
Example of a photoshoot in my small studio in Paris.
December 19, 2014 : Portraits of Eline
EXEMPLE DE PORTRAIT CORPORATE
|I take myself for a Computer Instructor.
My computing station in my small Parisian studio.
Of course, all of this is connected. You don’t want to know how many cables are hidden behind the desk.
|I take myself for the painter Courbet.
"Balayage blasé ou consciencieux" (Sweeping : Indifferent or Intentional) photograph by Christian Fournier
One work of art can hide another
At the Musée d'Orsay, February 3 2013, at the Q-Med event. "L'Origine du Monde" is a painting of a feminine nude by Gustave Courbet in 1866. It is an oil painting on 46cm by 55cm canvas, which has been on display at the musée d'Orsay since 1951. The painting displays the genitals and stomach of a woman lying down on a bed, with thighs apart, and framed such that we see nothing beyond her breasts nor below the thighs.
The answer : this guy is wondering if he prefers my nude on a desert island (above) to Courbet’s.
Or mine? I’m talking about the photo.
|I take myself for a film actor.
Here I set up a fashion photography studio in the Buttes Chaumont to take on the role of … myself, a photographer for the filming of Femmes de loi, saison 2, épisode 34 : Une femme parfaite by Alizés Film, on the channel TF1.
TV series, Crime genre, Original Air Date May 2008, Length : 1h
Director : Hervé Renoh With : Natacha Amal (Elisabeth Brochène), Noémie Elbaz (Emilie Jeanson), Esteban Carvajal Alegria (Aymeric Delarive), Sabine Crossen (Fantomas)
Thank you to Louise for these photos of me.
A video extract from the serie
|I teach the parallels between photo and video.
The pun about "plan cul" = friends with benefits
and "bum view" does not work in English.
Je me prends pour un homme politique
Je me prends pour un Chippendale.
Je me prends pour un sexologue
Je me crois dans une pub lingerie
Je me crois au paradis avec des anges.
Je me prends pour Peter Wohlleben.
Je me vois entouré de courtisanes à l'Opéra Garnier
Je me prends pour Rodin contemplant sa dernière sculpture.
Je me prends pour Sergio Leone dirigeant Robert de Niro dand "Il était une fois en Amérique"
Je me prends pour Tistou Les Pouces Verts.
Je me prends pour Tom Cruise et fais mes propres cascades.
Je me prends pour un nain.
The adult Sheldon is a senior theoretical physicist at The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and for the first ten seasons of The Big Bang Theory shares an apartment with his colleague and best friend, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki); they are also friends and coworkers with Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). In season 10, Sheldon moves across the hall with his girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik), in the former apartment of Leonard's wife Penny (Kaley Cuoco). He has a genius-level IQ, but displays a fundamental lack of social skills, a tenuous understanding of humor, and difficulty recognizing irony and sarcasm in other people, although he himself often employs them. He exhibits highly idiosyncratic behavior and a general lack of humility, empathy, and toleration. These characteristics provide the majority of the humor involving him, which has caused him to be described as the show's breakout character.[ Some viewers have asserted that Sheldon's personality is consistent with Asperger syndrome and obsessive–compulsive disorder. Co-creator Bill Prady has stated that Sheldon's character was neither conceived nor developed with regard to any of these traits, although Parsons has said that in his opinion, Sheldon "couldn't display more traits" of Asperger's.
Je me prends pour un chirurgien.
Je me prends pour un milliardaire.
La répression du mouvement provoque un grand nombre de victimes civiles (de quelques centaines à dix mille selon les sources), et de nombreuses arrestations dans les mois suivants. Plusieurs dirigeants politiques favorables au mouvement sont limogés et placés en résidence surveillée, notamment le secrétaire général du Parti communiste chinois, Zhao Ziyang. Par la suite, un coup d'arrêt durable fut porté aux réformes politiques en république populaire de Chine. Le gouvernement expulse les journalistes étrangers et contrôle strictement la couverture de l’évènement par la presse chinoise. À l'étranger, la répression provoque une condamnation générale du gouvernement chinois.
Je me crois victime de harcèlement sexuel.
|Je me prends pour Edwin Hubble.
Le 29 mai 2017 : Visite très privilégiée de l'observatoire de la Sorbonne grâce à la Société Astronomique de France. L'observatoire est le dôme vert au dessus de la tour carrée. J'ai fait cette photo dans la rue Saint Jacques.
L'observatoire est le dôme vert au dessus de la tour carrée. J'ai fait cette photo du sommet du Panthéon, il y a quelques mois. A gauche, la Sorbonne, avec l'énorme dôme de sa chapelle.
L'observatoire de la Sorbonne est un ancien observatoire astronomique, situé sur le toit de la Sorbonne, rue Saint-Jacques, dans le 5ᵉ arrondissement de Paris, à 8 minutes à pied de chez moi.
Il comprend une lunette d'observation de 153 mm de diamètre et 2 300 mm de longueur focale construite en 1935. Cette lunette appartient à la Société astronomique de France (SAF).
L'atelier d'optique de la SAF se situe deux étages plus bas. Il est constitué de deux parties, un atelier d'ébauchage, et un atelier de polissage situé sous la coupole qui abritait jadis une lunette méridienne.
Comme la météo était, comme souvent à Paris, mauvaise pour l'observation astronomique, nous avons scruté la Tour Eiffel !
Edwin Powell Hubble est un astronome américain. Il a permis d'améliorer la compréhension
de la nature de l'Univers en démontrant l'existence d'autres galaxies en dehors de notre Voie lactée.
|Je me prends pour Douglas Adams.
In 2016, I went to pay my respects to the tomb of Douglas Adams at the cemetery in Highgate, close to London. Like Zaphod Beeblebrox, I think I look pretty good with a third arm.
Tim Horrox: "Christian Fournier is Zaphod."
"Zaphod Beeblebrox, adventurer, ex-hippy, bon vivant, (crook? Most likely), self-taught personal promoter, terribly bad at relationship, often considered completely" absent for lunch ". (From "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Complete Trilogy of the Five (English Edition)" by Douglas Adams) = Christian Fournier
Mike Gould: "You're like Zaphod"
"One of the major difficulties Trillian encountered in his relationship with Zaphod was to discern:
- If he pretended to be stupid just to surprise others,
- If he pretended to be stupid because he did not want to get tired thinking and wanted someone else to do it.
- If he pretended to be very stupid to hide that he did not understand anything.
He was known to be incredibly intelligent and was clearly - but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence his simulations.
He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous. This seemed to Trillian (it's his girlfriend, a scientist) really stupid, but she could not discuss it anymore.
|Douglas Noel Adams (March 11 1952, Cambridge – May 11 2001, Santa Barbara) was a British author and screenwriter, known above all for his work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a humoristic science-fiction saga, originally a radio comedy that he developed into a “trilogy” of five books.
My photography has led me down many roads: I do fashion, events, industry, architecture, portraits, medical, objects, culinary, decoration, lingerie, weddings, diving, press, sports, historical reconstitutions, and art.
Christian Fournier : "Se cantonner à un seul sujet, ou style est, certes, la clef de la réussite de nombreux photographes célèbres, mais une offense à l’ouverture d’esprit et à la créativité."
Christian Fournier: “ To apply oneself to a single subject or style is, admittedly, the key to success for many famous photographers but an attack on open-mindedness and creativity”
I am an all-around exceptional photographer!
« "Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." Albert Einstein
Reportage pour MAX STREICHER GmbH & Co, compagnie allemande construisant un pipeline pour gaz naturel à travers l'Europe en 2013. J'ai utilisé un fisheye Nikkor 16mm plein format sur un boîtier Nikon D750 au bout d'un monopode avec un flash Nikon SB900. La perspective est corrigée avec Adobe Lightroom.
August 2011: Inside the Mama Viña wreck near Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. 15 minutes by boat, 30 metres down, sandy bottom and decent visibility. You can see Frédérique illuminating the glassfish with her lamp.
Adriana Karembeu for the French Red Cross in 2002-2003-2004.
22-27 octobre 2016 : L'Oréal à Lisbonne, Portugal.
September 24, 2016 : Awareness campaign for "Ethical" Meat at Place de la République in Paris.
More and more people want to eat meat coming from animals who have been well-treated from their birth to their slaughter. Is this even possible? If yes, which food labels guarantee “ethical” meat? “We pay so that animals are made who will be slaughtered to fill the pockets of industries and their stock holders”.
Voir ma page 96 de cette bio : "caritatif"
There are too many people sharing posts on Facebook ending in "Share if you agree”.
Share if you agree….
Le 24 janvier 2021 : Shoot soirée Rock&Roll en plein jour avec les modèles Clément Paul de 1,87m de haut (clement.Paul.email@example.com) et Marine Michaut de 1,65m de haut (Instagram K.A.L.Y.S.T.A, balaise en informatique (400 'likes' par photo), la maquilleuse Cynthia Scigliuto (Instagram mad.moi.zele, professionnelle depuis 15 ans en TV, cinéma et audiovisuel, formation ITM Paris après un bac L arts plastiques), la directrice de production Frédérique Gorsky (firstname.lastname@example.org, merci pour tout, entre autres, pour les pizzas) et le photographe Christian Fournier qui shoot, comme tous les jeunes, au hasard. Merci à tous et toutes.
Le 27 septembre 2015 : La lune de sang
Prises de vue et montage intervallomètre : Christian Fournier. Lieu : les locaux de L'AFA (Association Française d'Astronomie) au Parc Montsouris à Paris.
Dans la nuit du 27 au 28 septembre 2015 a eu lieu une éclipse lunaire exceptionnelle. Le satellite particulièrement près de la Terre sera teinté de rouge et il disparaîtra totalement pendant plusieurs minutes. Les éclipses lunaires totales ou partielles peuvent sembler moins spectaculaires car plus fréquentes que les éclipses solaires totales. Celle qui se déroula dans la nuit du 28 septembre prochain mérita néanmoins que l'on lève les yeux au ciel quelques minutes pour la voir. En effet, il s'agit d'une "super-lune". L'astre dont l'orbite réalise une ellipse autour de la Terre se trouva très près de nous (363 104 km pour être précis) et parut plus gros dans le ciel. Par ailleurs, l'alignement avec le soleil donne à la lune une teinte écarlate particulière. Elle est alors surnommée "Lune de Sang". C'est la conjonction de ces deux phénomènes astronomiques qui rend l'événement exceptionnel. Ce type d'éclipse se produit rarement et la prochaine visible depuis la France aura lieu en 2033.
J'ai utilisé deux boîtiers Nikon D600. Un avec un Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 pour l'intervallomètre et l'autre avec un 500 mm pour les gros plans. Tous deux sur pieds Manfrotto à têtes micrométriques. Anti-vibration, miroir relevé, réduction du bruit, contrôle à distance pour éviter de bouger les boîtiers, bracketing de l'exposition, exposition toujours inférieure à 4 secondes pour éviter le flou de bougé dû au mouvement de la lune, format raw NEF, correction de l'objectif avec Lightroom, réduction du bruit avec Lightroom. Le ciel était dégagé et ce depuis les deux jours précédents sans nuages (plutôt rare à Paris), l'air était tonifiant (très rare à Paris). Ce même jour, c'était "Paris sans voiture" pour la première fois. Je n'en suis pas sûr, mais cela a peut-être contribué à l'exceptionnelle visibilité. Nous étions au Parc Montsouris à Paris, avec peu de lumière parasite. Mais peu d'étoiles étaient visibles.
The Basics of Screen Calibration
In Vanuatu, Melanesia, in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean.
As Coluche once said: “The white man’s hand has never set foot there.”
I play with fire.
I play with rain.
I play with ice.
I play with fog.
I play with light.
I play with mud.
I play with my fisheye lens.
I play with the out of the ordinary.
I shoot at night.
I shoot during the day.
|I shoot right.
|Je shoot left.
I give into the macabre.
I play with reflections.
|I take myself for my own agent.
Pressing your finger on the camera trigger button: €2
Knowing how to take a good photo: €998
|I see myself as a homeless man.
|I see myself on my death bed
December 30, 2016 : A tutorial video for Howards taken with multicam: how to fold a pocket handkerchief, how to tie different tie knots (simple, double, etc.)
Moving a complete video studio : 2 Nikon D600 4K video cameras with x1000 SD cards, Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8 lens, Nikkor 60mm Macro lens, Nikkor 105mm macro lens, Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 lens, 1 video tripod + 1 fluid video head, 4 800w “mandarine” lamps, 4 umbrella adapters, a Nikon ME-1 microphone on camera 2, a special audio tripod/perch, a shure vocal microphone, a Toyota pickup truck.
I took this photo right next to where I live in Port Royal, Paris. This fountain is called “La fontaine des quatre parties du monde” (The Fountain of the Four Parts of the World). The world that I still explore to bring you beautiful photographs.
The now famous Marketa. From Wikipedia : After making an appearance in the Playboy January 31 2006 special edition, she started her official website on February 5. That same year, she was voted playmate of the month.
Is it better to die with your dreams or your memories?
Peluches en liberté par Christian Fournier. Photoshop ?????
L'abbé Pierre par Christian Fournier. Photoshop ?????
Les boules de Christian Fournier. Photoshop ????? Voir toute la série page 71
J'ai couvert les commémorations de D-Day le 4 juin 2014 en Normandie.
|Most of the photos you see on my website are for sale,
Except of course any photos where I don’t have the authorization for the models or the décor.
Please contact me if you are interested.
You can also hire me as a photographer or teacher.
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
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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.
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