formento+formento

Soiling of old glory

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Having travelled the length and breadth of the United States in their camper van, the atypical photographer couple Formento + Formento continue to stage the despair of American women that they meet en route, with the series Circumstance ? America Down on Bruised Knees. 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 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. In these recent pictures taken in 2015, the artists pay tribute to the cinematography of Alfred Hitchcock, the self-portraits embodied by feminist Cindy Sherman, or the realist paintings of Edward Hopper.

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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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RUSLAN BOLGOV

Ruslan Bolgov was born in 1974 in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. His earliest photographs were taken as a teenager, but he didn’t take the experience very far at the time. It wasn’t until the end of his studies in economics and finance that he seriously app...

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...

JAKUB POLOMSKI

Jakub Polomski was born in 1985 and he lives in Cieszyn, Poland. He has started taking photos when he was 20 years old. Jakub is self-taught photographer and he specializes in landscape/travel photography. Since 2007 he has been awarded with several prizes and commendations in va...