“Each portrait is a short story." This is the preface for French photographer Baudouin's latest work, a book which showcases the living spaces of Paris's most vivacious inhabitants. Shot with his Hasselblad 503CW, the photos give us a glimpse of what it's like to possess the quintessentially cosmopolitan "je na sais quoi."
Baudouin, a well-known portrait photographer in the French media, must have walked through many doors before arriving at this selection. From Sonia, a student posing like Napoleon in her classically decorated apartment, to Vyva, a woman from another generation, sitting on a tiger’s head, these are the 75 women Baudouin reveals with his square-format 6×6 camera, the modern Parisian women. In each of these images, we delight watching, noticing, analyzing, comparing and exclaiming. The poses taken by the subjects are consistent with the photographer’s madness. For Baudouin, the Parisian woman isn’t fixed in time; she expresses herself and lives through the ages. In the end it’s the sequence of all these visions that makes this book a pure snapshot of life. (Le Journal de Photographie)
In addition to the book going on sale via Snoeck Publishers, the photos from 75 Parisiennes, Baudouin will be on exhibit from November 8th to December 1st, 2012 at the Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière. The series was shot by Baudouin using his Hasselblad 503CW film camera, displaying the inherent clarity, timelessness and sophistication of medium format photography.
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