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FORMENTO+FORMENTO

BE CAREFUL HIS BOWTIE IS REALLY A CAMERA

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Having travelled the length and breadth of the United States in their campervan, the atypical photographer couple Formento + Formento stage the American women that they meet on their travels. BJ and Richeille Formento have together developed the hidden story of these damsels in distress, set against a modern landscape, questioning the limits of the Land of the Free. Through the use of sophisticated lighting and the implicit and quasi-systematic violence of the scenes that they create, each of their photographs denounces an omnipresent tension, extending beyond the frame of the image, as though the photograph was a thriller caught in freeze-frame. The title of this image is based on the lyrics of the song ?America? by Simon & Garfunkel, taken from their album Bookends, released in 1968. The song describes the road trip of Simon and his girlfriend Kath across the United States, in search of the ideals lauded by the American dream.

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Why photography ?
It is because I am not good at anything else! I can’t paint,I can’t draw and my singing career is not taking off. Kidding aside, My father was a amateur photographer and took many selfies of his 15 years in the US Navy a...

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MINA MIMBU

Born in Japan, Mina Mimbu moved to New Zealand at the age of 14 to continue her studies. Since she did not have a full grasp of English upon her arrival in Auckland, she turned to other means of expression to counteract the language barrier. A self-taught artist, she tried her ha...

LUDWIG FAVRE

Born in Senlis in 1976, Ludwig Favre now lives and works in Paris. Art history, multimedia and audiovisual studies, but also the transmission of a passion between a father and his son were the means that trained the photographer’s eye, sensitive to the reproduction of picturesque...

JULIETTE JOURDAIN

Juliette Jourdain is a young French photographer based in Paris. Specialising in the art of portraiture, her portfolio testifies to her great aptitude for staging. In a meticulously arranged studio set, her models give her their all in whimsical and sophisticated poses. Her insp...