Author: alixdeboisset

Capturing the humanity of the moment with Albarrán Cabrera

Albarrán Cabrera are the photographers Anna Cabrera (b. 1969, Sevilla) and Angel Albarrán (b. 1969, Barcelona) who work together as a collaborative duo based in Barcelona. The work of Albarrán Cabrera has been shown in galleries and photo fairs in Spain, Japan, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Lebanon, Italy and the United States. Anna and Angel both have studied under photographers such as Humberto Rivas and Toni Catany, among others. Some of their prints have become part of private collectors and institutions such as Hermes, Goetz Collection, Banco de Santander, Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles among others. They have also produced printing work for several institutions like Fundació La Pedrera in Barcelona, Fundació Toni Catany in Mallorca, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid or Barcelona Photographic Archive.     1. Do you consider your tandem as a figure of contemporary photography ? Anna P. Cabrera & Angel Albarrán : We are sons of this time and era and we embrace the new possibilities, while at the same time we keep using ancient techniques. Our attitude is to …

Christopher Wilson, itinerary of a gifted man

Christopher Wilson is a highly talented, multifaceted photographer who shoots a variety of subjects. His strong visual style unifies many disparate genres. After 15 years in the advertising world as a writer and art director, Christopher Wilson jumped off a cliff to start Photography. As an advertising creative, Christopher Wilson created a vast portfolio of powerful campaigns for some of the most recognized luxury brands there are, including Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Nikon and Ritz-Carlton to mention only a few. During his career as Audi’s creative director, Wilson was responsible for some of the most beautiful and compelling pieces. Pursuing an atypical path, he has been a ballet dancer in a previous life. He danced 8 hours a day, made no money, survived on bread and coffee, lost 20 pounds he didn’t have, looked like hell and broke his ankle twice…. And prior to that time, he was at Dartmouth College where he studied Ancient Greek and Latin Literature. Good stuff to know, he says, if you ever want to work in the Vatican. Why did a man well …

Mikko Lagerstedt, the Emerging into Light

Contemporary artist Mikko Lagerstedt is an award winning fine art photographer from Finland whose enchanting photo series highlight some of Finland’s extraordinary landscapes. Mikko Lagerstedt is a 31-year-old self-taught photographer, who began taking his craft in 2008. He lives in Kerava just 18 miles from Helsinki. Capturing simplistic Finnish landscapes and fleeting moments, he strives to use his atmospheric vision to inspire people. His surreal and unique work manages to bring an absolutely breathtaking aesthetic that depicts the mystical and sweeping splendor of the Finnish countryside while capturing the emotion of the moment. His photography has been featured around the world in book covers, magazines and in advertisements. 1. Do you consider yourself as a figure of contemporary photography ? Mikko Lagerstedt : Not really, I feel that I’m just a photographer creating work that inspires me. 2. How would you describe your style ? Mikko Lagerstedt : Atmospheric landscape photography. A surreal look at how the World looks through my eyes. 3. What led you to photography ? Mikko Lagerstedt : My first inspiration towards photography came …

Pop art at the crossroads between worlds with Ketna Patel

Born in 1968, Ketna Patel  is a British-Indian contemporary pop artist based in Singapore. She has lived in three different continents: Africa; Asia; and Europe. She is of Indian descent but is born in East Africa and holds a British citizenship. After graduating from The Architectural Association in London with a degree in architecture, Ketna Patel moved to Singapore to begin her career as an architect. Afterwards, a disillusionment with the corporate world led her on a journey of metaphysical exploration, when she started questioning her existence, her place in the world, and society in general. Having given up a corporate career, Ketna Patel then embarked on a career as an artist. The art of Ketna Patel reflects much of her own personal journey as an outsider and global citizen, observing, discovering and embracing one’s cultural identity and the desire to belong to a community. Reflections of socio-political and cultural identity exploration in everyday life of today and yesterday are common themes portrayed through her art. Her mission is simply to communicate the story of the lesser-known individual …

Mouvements de l’être intérieur avec Caroline Denervaud

C’est à travers la symbiose entre le mouvement et le corps que l’artiste plasticienne Caroline Denervaud approche ses compositions : elle danse pour “se parcourir”, et peint pour garder l’empreinte des mouvements de son esprit en rapport avec les conditions du monde qui l’entoure. Dans cet acte créateur, son corps participe activement à cette quête d’une forme simple et d’un équilibre juste pour représenter à l’aide de son pinceau, les contours d’un mouvement, d’un instant, d’une émotion quelque soit le média : une performance, une video, une peinture ou un collage.  Cette méditation autour du mouvement demeure son moyen d’expression le plus sincère, brut, et libérateur. C’est à travers ses vidéos qui répondent méticuleusement à une unité de temps, de lieu et d’action que l’on parvient à s’immerger dans le souffle créatif de Caroline Denervaud : des mouvements de danse s’entremêlent aux gestes du matériau pour parvenir à un équilibre ténu et apporter une vie nouvelle à l’art de la performance.  Née en 1978 à Lausanne et vivant actuellement à Paris, Caroline Denervaud étudie la danse et la Chorégraphie au …

De la musique avant toute chose avec Cyrille Dubois

Révélation Lyrique aux Victoires de la Musique Classique 2015, Cyrille Dubois est depuis toujours un artiste insatiable de découverte de nouveau répertoire. Il  découvre le chant pendant son enfance dans les classes horaires aménagées de la Maîtrise de Caen (direction Robert Weddle). Grace aux auditions hebdomadaires, il aborde pendant ces années un large répertoire sacré et profane. En tant que soliste, il a pu participer à de nombreux projets tel les Pie Jesu des requiem de Fauré, Duruflé, ou Andrew Llyod Weber, les Chichester Psalms de Bernstein ou le Tour d’Ecrou (Miles) de Britten à l’Opéra de Lyon et Chambéry. Quelques années après, il entre en ténor au CNSM de Paris (Classe d’Alain Buet). Mais la grande passion de Cyrille réside dans le Lied et la Mélodie dont il est un émissaire recherché. C’est au contact d’Anne Le Bozec et Jeff Cohen avec lesquels il se produit en récital, qu’il découvre ce répertoire. Il forme avec le pianiste Tristan Raës le Duo Contraste. Des rencontres avec de grands interprètes de ce genre leur a permis …

Dean West, photography grounded in reality

A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (1983) artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, Dean West’s meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes powerfully yet synthetically link needs to desires and documentation to invention. Passionately dedicated to the vast possibilities of digital photography as both a medium and a cultural epoch, Dean West’s narratives draw inspiration from the total diversity offered by the visual arts. While the tableau photography of Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall inform Dean West’s understanding of photography as a form of contemporary communication, the paintings of David Hockney and Edward Hopper provide evident aesthetic direction. The fictional world of cinema and the functional language of advertising have also clearly left their mark and taught lessons of their own. International brands have embraced Dean …