Characterised by a playful spontaneity, Parisian photographer Guillaume Lechat’s (1982) portfolio encompasses a lively, refreshing synthesis of fashion, lifestyle and documentary imagery. Nothing appears overtly staged, a result of his honest, instinctive approach to photography and focus on the body in motion. Natural light is used whenever possible to accentuate the vitality and insouciance of his subjects, with contrasting shadows bringing out naturally occurring patterns. Conversely, overexposed night-time photographs employ a harsh flash, flattening the image in an amateur snapshot style – again, Lechat distances himself from anything too professional. Here, his documentary influences come to the fore, particularly in the unexpected dynamics of certain images. His versatile method lends itself to a diverse range of international commissions – even advertising work for clients such as Nike and Sony is imbued with his signature vivaciousness. www.guillaumelechat.com.
Joie De Vivre
Erwin Olaf: Documenting the Ruinart Crayères
Each year, the House of Ruinart highlights the work of one artist through a collaboration. This year internationally recognised Erwin Olaf was selected.
Interview with Peter Liversidge, By the Book, Sean Kelly Gallery, NY
British artist Peter Liversidge reflects on the idea of the ‘proposal’ in his conceptually-based practice, using analogue and antiquated technology to both initiate and document his artistic activities. We speak to Liversidge about new show By the Book.