Biennale de la Photographie, Mairie 15ème Arrondissement

Je suis fier d’avoir été sélectionné pour participer à la Biennale de la Mairie du 15ème Arrondissement, où deux de mes photos seront exposées.

I am proud to have been selected to participate in the Photography Biennial of the Mairie of the 15th Arrondissement (Paris), where two of my images were exhibited.

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Documenting the Vendanges (Wine Harvest) in Loire Valley

Merci beaucoup pour l'accueil de l'équipe de Domaines Minchin... mon projet de documentation des vendanges était une réussite et un grand plaisir! J'ai appris beaucoup sur le processus de viticulture et je vais apprécier chaque verre de vin désormais!

Thanks to the team of Domaine Minchin for welcoming me to the harvest season, it was an excellent experience to document the wine-making process! I learned a lot and will appreciate every glass of wine in a new light from now on!

Two photos selected for Fête de la Musique exhibition, Mairie XVème Paris

The Mairie of the 15th arrondissement in Paris included two of my photos, printed 2 meters in size by JCDecaux, in their exposition "The Music" to celebrate the Fête de la Musique!

Deux de mes photos ont été sélectionnées de la Mairie du 15e, imprimé à une taille de 2 mètres (!) par JCDecaux, pour l’exposition photo « LA MUSIQUE », 31 rue Péclet. Bonne Fête de la Musique!

“Carnaval Trombone,” Houtkerque, France, 10 March 2018

“Carnaval Trombone,” Houtkerque, France, 10 March 2018

“Panorama Compétition,” Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 12 Feb 2009

“Panorama Compétition,” Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 12 Feb 2009

Photo in group show "Water" in PhotoPlace Gallery, VT

One of my pictures of the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela is showing at the group show "Water" at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont, until June 23rd!

An excerpt of the statement from curator Ann Jastrab:

"These photographs of water pull at me in unexpected ways. I feel a longing to return to the extremes of the Northeast, away from the sun and drought of California, to the crushing humidity of summer and the ceaseless snow of the winter. I know this is nostalgia at its finest, but jurying this exhibition of Water has surprised me by not just the flood of memories, but the surprising quality and variety of the pictures."

Thanks Ann - I'm honored to be included in this fine collection of work. Tell your Vermont and upstate NY people to check it out!


Paris Exhibition Follow Up

The Paris exhibition of my “Portraits of Carnaval” series was a success, as we had a full opening and many visitors for the whole show (see photos below). Limited Edition prints are available from the exhibition and other projects, please peruse my website, and contact me for pricing and size details. Merci beaucoup BY Chatel Galerie and Matthieu Suprin for the teamwork in putting everything together!

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Santo Antonio Festival in the Barbagia Mountains of Sardinia (Mamoiada and Ottana)

I’m just back from the Carnaval of Guinea-Bissau, and while I edit that, I realize I didn’t post the images from the Sardinian festival of Santo Antonio, in the mountains of the Nuoro district. This is the beginning of their Carnaval season in mid-January, and this festival is primarily for locals, where they celebrate the plentiful harvest by eating wild boar, pasta, special pastries, and drink local cannonau red wine, while watching the mysterious masked Mamuthones, Issohadores, Merdules, Filonzana, and Boes characters dance and jump along the bonfires spread throughout the towns of Mamoiada and Ottana. It was a fantastic festival, made that much more special by the warmth of the people who welcomed me and introduced me to their special culture. Mille grazie to the Museo delle Maschere in Mamoiada!


Salve Iemanjá! Feb 2nd, is Dia de Iemanjá - the goddess of the sea - one of my favorites! Here's some of my images from the Festa de Iemanjá in various towns in Bahia over the years!

Hoje é o dia de Iemanjá, orixà do mar, um dos meus favoritos! Aqui estão algumas imagens de Festa do estado de Bahia! Bom Carnaval!

Au Passage Restaurant for Edible Queens

Some images from a great restaurant, Au Passage, in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris, for Edible Queens. Known for lovely small plates, this restaurant is often fully reserved for its first earlier seating, but is first come first served in the late seating, and is often patronized by chefs throughout Paris who are attracted to the fun innovative menu with a touch of classic cuisine. Here's the article.

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, Paris

It was fascinating to document a completely different world for a few days last week at the Paris Air Show. My assignment was to shoot the “trade only” (not public) part of one of the largest air shows in the world, for one of the top aerospace engine and equipment manufacturers.

Shooting a mix of photo and video, I covered meet-and-greets with governors, trade secretaries, and military brass. I covered trade show presentations of new products, created portraits of pilots, and documented various VIPs visiting the company’s exhibition space. I crept into cockpits and peered into fusillages.

And yes I photographed planes. Lots of planes - fighter jets, commercial airliners, bi-planes, small private planes, and even helicopters. It was a thrill to get a first glimpse of the new Lockheed F35, a super fast fighter that had the ability to land… on a battleship! (of course, a good amount smaller than an aircraft carrier). It was also wild to watch commercial Boeing airplanes doing huge sweeping banks, knowing (hoping?) that they would never do this in a regular flight, in order to show the capabilities of the airplane.

As a bonus, I got to learn some of the vocabulary of the aerospace industry: “static” airplanes are those on the ground; “content” is the word manufacturers use to refer to the parts/equipment on a plane that they’ve produced; the “cowl” is the steel hood that goes on an engine. Good stuff!

Cory Seznac at L'Ermitage, Belleville, Paris

My photos of Cory Seznec at L'Ermitage in Belleville, last week, made it into the Soul Bag mag website - great to hear Cory's music and collaborate with JP Bruneau.

Samsung QLED Launch event, at the Louvre Carousel in Paris

I covered a massive product launch for Samsung at the Carrousel du Louvre, about their QLED technology. The event was so large – over 1000 attendees and press from 15+ countries – that the agency asked me to assemble photographers and videographers for simultaneous coverage over multiple locations. Luckily I had been building my contacts over the past few months here, and together we produced still photos, video footage, interviews, and time-lapse for Samsung. See how Samsung used the images here and here.

Outdoor promotion for QLED product launch for Samsung France.

Samsung QLED product Launch, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

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First trip: Carnaval in Dunkerque, France

You first hear the brass band in the distance, belting out a traditional processional, before you see the visscherbande (fisherman’s band) marching down the street. The tambour major, dressed formally as a drum major should, leads the band and directs the rhythm and the choice of songs. Immediately following the group of trombone, trumpet, fife, sousaphone, snare and bass drums is the “premiére rang” (the first line) of Carnavaleux -- costumed revelers, mostly men, dressed as fishermen, sailors, or literally with fishnets as skirts, cross-dressing as women with wigs, leggings, dresses, sometimes reminiscent of a Scottish kilt with long kneesocks. It’s an honor to be in the first line, as they link arms and parade in front of the rest of the gang.. until the music changes, signalling the first line to do their duty, which is to hold the line, as the mass of people push shove and generally make a ruckus, all while singing traditional songs. The line needs to protect the band from the masses, and sometimes there’s a serious challenge, as the line mutates and rotates to accommodate the shifting and pulsing crowd. It’s all in good fun, of course, because it’s Carnaval in Dunkerque!

Lawyer, electrician, waiter, student, writer, secretary. Neighbor, cousin, acquaintance, enemy, work buddy, all of those normal roles of life disappear during Carnaval. All types of people from Dunkerque (called Dunkerquois), all celebrate their Carnaval as equals and together. Everybody masks, everybody participates, everybody marches in the parade and sings traditional songs – the “bandes” are not really a spectator sport.

Carnaval in Dunkerque lasts nearly three months, every weekend from January until April, with the peak activity happening around “les trois joyeuses” (the three joyous days) of the Dimanche, Lundi and Mardi Gras. The Dunkerque Carnaval was the first real one in France, with more than three hundred continual years of tradition – the first recorded mention of the Carnaval festivities in Dunkerque was in 1659.

Its origin lies in the story of the fishermen, who used to dress as women and parade in bands, before they embarked on dangerous three or four month fishing trips, long journeys to Iceland, where some did not return from the roiling seas. And, since it was a difficult life, one incentive was that they received a portion of their payment up front before they left, some of which they spent on one last long wild romp with their mates.

I'm headed back soon for "les trois joyeuses" - Dimanche, Lundi and Mardi Gras! Allons-y!

Fall Paris streets / Les rues de Paris en automne

In the last few months, as I've explored the streets of Paris, I've continued to be drawn photographically to street art, the interesting typography of storefronts, and how magically Paris manages to combine the old and new in a fascinating mash-up of visual styles.

Some highlights have included Paris Photo in the Grand and Petit Palais, the Arts & Metiers museum, the Luxembourg Gardens on multiple visits, and as always the Aligre Market with fresh mushrooms and olive oil by the barrel. 

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
Au cours des derniers mois, en explorant les rues de Paris, j'ai continué photographier l'art de la rue, la typographie intéressante des magasins et comment Paris combine l'ancien et le nouveau dans un fascinant mash-up des styles visuels.

Parmi les faits saillants: le Paris Photo au Grand et Petit Palais, le musée des Arts et Métiers, les Jardins du Luxembourg à plusieurs visites, et toujours le Marché d'Aligre avec les champignons frais et l'huile d'olive au baril.

Je vous souhaite une bonne année!

Advertising campaign for Grand Central Terminal

Recently I shot an advertising campaign for Grand Central Terminal, to promote their retail stores. It was a multi-day shoot in September and November, with a variety of images needed: models with shopping bags in and around the building, night and daylight wide shots of the interiors and exteriors, and even lesser-known details of the landmark station. A lot of planning and preparation went into the project, so a big thanks to Grand Central, to their agency The Watsons, and production team Starlyn Creative!

One of the images was in Metro free newspapers in NY yesterday, and you can see other images on phone booths and in the NY Times shopping supplement. See a few tearsheets here.

I learned a lot about Grand Central, appreciating many of the finer details about the place, such as the exquisite lights, as well as the bronze rats at the Lexington Ave entrance, and a tree sculpture floating above the Grand Central Market’s east entrance!