is a Paris-based photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines. Including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Jalouse and Marie Claire and Vice. Plus she’s become a favorite of clients like Cacharel, L’Oréal, Universal Music, No Format, and Atsuro Tayama. All while still using film. She has nothing against digital, and believes it’s just a personal choice. And, in fact, she does employ digital as a sort of “Polaroid” to a client while working.
Emma Picq – A Natural
Although she carefully stages most shoots, and has developed a very distinct style, you still get the feeling from her images that she’s shooting from the hip. Hence the moniker of “Rock N’ Roll” photographer. She started taking pictures of the family. At first, just getting everyone’s head in the picture meant it was a success. After her schooling was completed, she delved into theater, wanting to pursue an acting career. Waiting for auditions and roles gave her a lot of free time, and her boyfriend was an assistant photographer, with lots of cameras. Since she already had connections to a model agency, she started doing test shots, and became quite good at it in short order. A photographer was born!
The Magic of Film
She loves the magical qualities of film, and is a great fan of ‘grain’. Even when a client insists on all digital, she’ll shoot a few rolls on the side to show along with the digital files. She’s always hoping for a nice accident when she’s shooting film. Those are the images that mean so much more to her. Her artistic side wants to always take over, sometimes even forcing light leaks and such. But she always wants to create great looking images so clients trust her. Her editorials are almost works of art,…the flashy color of a Warhol and the surrealism of a Dali.
Her main goal is to inspire people with her images and bring them into her world of dreams, and for a moment forget their troubles. Check out her website at the link below for more great images. Emma Picq is one to watch. She prefers medium format film , but uses digital almost like a polaroid. Hasselblad C/M