Zoom in on the future of photography with 7 pioneering photographers you need to follow. In keeping with their commitment to new wave artists, Artsper have selected the best of the eighth art.
#1 JACK DAVISON
Often overlooked by the French media, Jack Davison is enjoying a certain level of fame across the Atlantic in the wake of his “26 States” portrait series, inspired by the USA. With a crisp monotone palette, the young British artist reveals a chiseled aesthetic that brings together minimalism and elegance. His pictures stage a battle between dark and light, following in the footsteps of Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz and German Expressionism.
#2 PAUL ROUSTEAU
Honoured by the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Paul Rousteau is a self-styled “idle painter”, dissolving the photographic medium in a backdrop of dreamy hues.
From Libération to Les Inrocks to Télérama, his pictorial touch has extended to the Agnès B gallery and the iconic faces of Pierre Niney and Fanny Ardant. His work is nonrepresentational yet “impressionist” in the spirit of Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, prioritising sentiment over the identification of the real. Obviously, Paul Rousseau, is one of the photographers you need to follow.
#3 LIAT ELBLING
Liat Elbling faces three challenges, striving to play with the photographic ideals, the illusion of reality, and the two-dimensional aspect of the 8th art. The Israeli artist is trampling graphical borders; her reality may be bewildering, but her aesthetic composition is firmly founded at the crossroads between minimalism and ethereal art.
#4 MARIE ROUGE
Marie Rouge is a young photographer , at the front of 21st century’s aesthetic renewal. Inbetween photoreporting for the french newspaper Liberation, she grasps the sweetness of the catchy faces of artistic and intellectual new wave. Her tender aesthetic, sometimes at the edge of kitsch style, makes her pictures an ode to her models or animals, to outstanding beauties and to colour. Portraitor of Christine and the Queens, Jean-Paul Gaultier, JD Samson… she also works with Romy Alizée (see #5).
Her retro universe, romantic and acidulated, is clearly at first line of the upcoming visual universe.
#5 ROMY ALIZÉE
A model for several big names in photography, today Romy offers an uncompromising vision of the historic art of image capture. Her objectives are devoid of classical norms, guided by the cult of the plurality of bodies and a break with the dichotomy of the sexes; this free spirit’s commitment to feminism would inspire the most revolutionary among us.
#6 Otto Zinsou
Young self-made photographer, student at EHESS and sometimes modeling, Otto Zinsou is at the crossing point of artistic and sociologic issues of our time. Known nowadays as the unavoidable face in the picture-story of the new underground parisian milieu, he embodies an aesthetic come-back to the classics of photography.
He choses to capture the nervous and bored youth in its moments of spleen and Dolce Vita, with sweet suspended pics, quiet witness of ephemeral beauties at dawn. Don’t get wrong : his delicate frames seems to naturally come out of the darkness of those tortured souls, but this furious photographer can work for weeks with his models before getting that very wanted picture.
#7 SOPHIE GREEN
Sophie Green or the art of the infrathin (at the edge of perception). By juxtaposing a pair of sharp-edged images, the young Londoner creates a narrative by linking two elements tied together by a colour, a vanishing line, a texture… Like two universes in a tug of war, the connections emerge with an intuitive subtlety. This photographic game of pairs allows Sophie Green to showcase the nuances of society, and to do everyday life photos; from an afro hairdressing salon to a race course, her cross-sectional perspective overlooks no social sphere.