Alain has won numerous awards and has exhibited his work across France. His first monograph, En attendant le facteur, (Waiting for the postman) is out now.
cultural heritage bring to your work?
singularity of my work is more the fact that I live in the countryside than the
fact that I am french.
childhood in which even an Argentinian or a Japanese can find himself. The
opposition to a urban lifestyle is to my mind stronger than the belonging to a
see between work created in Europe and in the States?
children when I take my pictures. Nudity is part of my work, but it is not its
main subject. This relation towards nudity is not the same in the US, it is
seemingly less natural.
photography in your country?
Living off in the
countryside, I realized that most of the activity and opportunities for a
photographer are in the capital: Paris is the
place to be.
subject. I just have to look at them, children are creative, you just
need to be there waiting for things to happen in the frame and “click”.
own environment, with their spontaneous behaviour is my favourite subject. My
photography is like a daily diary. If there is emotion in the
picture, that’s good, even if it is a bit blurred or poorly framed. For me, it
is not a problem.
things referring to ourselves. That is why family pictures are constantly
renewing themselves. Someone commented about my images that they are like
“street family” photography. I love “street” photography.
It is not something I can practice because I live in the countryside, but I
find my work quite close to that spirit there. There are similarities in the
raw side and spontaneous situations photographed. These are pieces of life that
transcribe a certain reality.