// ABOUT //
After a diploma in fine arts, I work as artistic director for communications agencies in France and abroad. (Publicis, Havas, Leo Burnett, JWT, TBWA). In 2015, I joined the Hans Lucas studio and devoted myself exclusively to photography. My attractions go to the former Soviet bloc countries where the melancholy of time is an important repetition in my photographic work. I consider myself as a documentary photographer, the information I provide must be simple and contextual. Photography is for me a real learning of the environment, it gives me answers to my own questions about societies. It is not only pleasant but also necessary to my own life experience. My upcoming projects should take me back to Crimee and Kazaksthan, Russia, but also Mongolia and Belarus.
Publications: CNN, Al Jazzira, Le Parisien Magazine, Le Parisien Magazine, Sept info, Stern, the Weather cha- nel, L’ Obs, Le Monde, 24H01, Animan magazine, Rhythms Monthly Tapei, La Croix, 24h01, La Vie. Politiken, Marie-Claire, Aftenposten Innsikt, National Geographic it, Wired, The Calvert journal, Roads&Kingdoms, Imagine magazine, Polka.
// SELECTED WORKS//
A ROUTE OF MELANCHOLY
Russia is almost a continent and a multiethnic country where, they speak more than hundred languages. Not really western and not only Slavic, Russia intrigues and fascinates. Behind the golden bulbs, beautiful girls, and the festive vodka, the Russian soul is not so easy to strike on, but the Russian exostism will bring you back what ever the season and the reason.
When crosSing the tsars cities, the Tatarstan, the Odmourtie and the Oural region, I have found a Russian melancholy, chaotic, rasping, creaky which seems deserted at the outskirts of Moscow. Melancholy is like the blood of Russians, melancholy is their way of life, their way of looking, thinking. Going through the biggest country in the world, the Russian spirit has a color, the color of the melancholy. Before to judge and to de ne this empire, meet the Russians, they will o er you a little piece of Russia, at the end of your voyage, you wont know why you have appreciate them, but at least, your memory will be full of melancholy.
The metro of Moscow is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world. In 1933, the greatest architects of the soviet era le their mark on the cityscape by creating one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Russia. When Stalin and the Communist Party’s Central Committee, the Bolsheviks, launched the development in 1931, it became a symbol of architectural prowess that was unequalled in civil engineering at that time.
As well as accomplished builders, the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League led the construction under Lenin’s orders. Of the beautiful marble and white stone structures in Moscow is the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was destroyed by Stalin to make way for a «Palace of the Soviets». The city’s make up was inspired by the overwhelming feeling of patriotism that existed at that time. The worker’s union, with help from Joseph Stalin, built the most beautiful underground world, an empire of marble and stone palaces with royal aesthetics.
The revolution and the defence of the motherland were two key ideas of the USSR and its socialist regime. These ideas were celebrated in mosaics and sculptures that appeared as early as when the line first opened on 15th May 1935. The metro, which was named after Vladimir Ilitch Lenin, was designed to showcase the biggest communist regime to the world. With more than 8 million visitors a day, today it’s the largest metro system in Europe, and holds the world record for timekeeping. This palatial network is considered as Moscow’s second urban attraction and allows visitors to step back in time to the days of the Soviets.This underground theatre, with its visually stunning design and its passengers that seems to be from another age, no wonder it’s also a major source of inspiration for Russian cinema and theatre.