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As Damien Dufresne says himself: "I let my hands do the talking". His approach is totally new in that it's at the crossroads of makeup, body art, artistic direction and photography. The resulting complexity, technicality and beauty are impressive. Damien Dufresne, a make-up artist by profession for over 30 years, has always worked on images and has taken photographs of his face and body paintings for several years now. These ones in particular were shown in the Skin catalogue published by Assouline in 2014, which gained him international recognition. Accustomed to working with the most prestigious names in beauty, such as Amore Pacific, Intercos, Gamma Croma and L'Oréal, it progressively became apparent to him that photography would be a means to take things up a notch, to surprise and experiment using the different supports offered by his models' faces and bodies, without betraying their personality.  ... See more See less

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« On me dit que je maquille comme un peintre et je le prends, bien sûr, comme un compliment.  »

DAMIEN DUFRESNE

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Oscillating between romanticism and onirism, Damien Dufresne captures the intimacy of his subjects in order to paint on and work with their bodies. Due to the fact that, unlike canvas, skin perspires, breathes and resists, the resulting beauty is fascinating and the sentiment of fragility that shines through from his models is disquieting in its humanity. Yet, although the image is perfectly mastered, the rendering is not the fruit of a clearly laid down project. On the contrary, it is the outcome of a lengthy process where the image evolves through the coating of makeup, one colour leading to another, one stroke inducing another. It is at the same time a work of strength and of delicacy, might and gentleness, simplicity and sophistication, but above all it is extremely poetic. Like a reptile whose emotions and changes in temperature bring about modifications to its mottled colours, Lin Jun Han, the Asian model on the image Kameleon, produced on 17 September 2014, remains silent and unmoving under the layers of coloured matter.

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<div class='question'>How did you first become passionate about photography?</div><div class='answer'>I have long worked in the studio as a make-up artist, alongside photographers, so that was how the desire to take my own photographs emerged.</div><...

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24 October 2017

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