While most love bright, saturated color, there is much to be said for the classic greys that give you a sense of the “importance” of the piece. Nicolas Guerin imparts that dark sensuality to an otherwise mundane lack of color. While he does do color, I think is still in the world of monotones.
Nicolas Guerin – Love of Photography
I guess it all starts there. Some photographers love the socializing. Some love the “schmoozing”. Nicolas Guerin loves taking photographs, even when it’s not required. (an assignment) He does have a studio in France, and stays busy,…but he prefers being outside of Paris, in Saint Denis. Some say that’s an odd choice, but it works for him and his extensive client list.
He prefers portraiture much of the time, and is fine with traveling to accomplish his stunning portraits of important celebrities and dignitaries. If you asked him his favorites, he’d probably point to the old cinema giants, a personal obsession.
Yes, Polaroid still exists. Just by another name. When in the studio, as with all studios, there are his off days. But he’s never really photographically still. He’ll hang out for days shooting nudes on Polaroid or black and white. His portfolio is constantly in flux. We expect a show to materialize eventually.
Very Long Client List
While Guerin loves portraiture, he is equally at home with fashion and advertising. His cover stories run the gamut for publications such as Esquire, GQ, Time and many more. He is a go-to guy for Rolex, Longines, Peugot, Playboy, and many more.
For a guy living on the outskirts of the “action”, he’s very in demand. His dark greys and deep blacks are an original perspective mostly lost these days.
Most of his work is distributed by Contour, which is an offshoot of Getty. See his website for some amazing Euro fashion and portraiture,…especially his classic black + white. After all, his favorite color is grey.
He was one of the early adapters of the Hasselblad H3D. (and subsequent Hassy’s and PhaseOne cameras)