Instant Architectures: Cyrille Robin and the Lomo'Instant Square

Fashion and luxury French photographer Cyrille Robin tested our brand new Lomo'Instant Square. She did a photo shoot on the theme of architecture playing with composition. Let's meet the artist.

Hello Cyrille, could you introduce yourself and tell us about your photography background?

Bonjour! I started taking a real interest in photography when I was a medical student. I thought it was much more serious to become an artist in Paris than being a doctor in Clermont-Ferrand (City in the center of France where I was studying back then). So I started studying photography at École Louis Lumière in Paris and I quickly found myself working as photo retoucher, and then, as a photographer, mostly in fashion and luxury fields. A couple years ago, I started to specialize in still life and design for my commissioned work. In parallel, I'm passionate about analogue stereoscopic photography and analogical viewers. Since 2013, I am represented by Thierry Kauffmann agency.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about trying what you do?

Unless you can't use them as a positive driver, never let your fears guide you. Listen to your intuitions and obsessions, let them speak. Do one thing at a time, a difficult project can always be divided into many easy small projects.

What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?

Never forget that you never know everything about everything and stop nail biting!

What or who's inspiring you?

The fourth dimension, Ragnar Kjartansson's installations, my childhood's fantasies and my adulthood's obsessions.

What do you like about architecture?

Architecture is a ready-made set, you just have to center your photographs. I consider the frame as an abstract thrilling game.

What do you think of the Lomo’Instant Square? What do you like about instant photography?

The Lomo'Instant Square brings many things that other instant cameras can lack: exposure compensation, bulb mode, overprinting, square format ... It's very great! I like the results you obtain thanks to its lens. What I like about instant photography it's that it gives freedom to the photographer and a bit of a loss of control compared to the traditional process: shooting + processing + printing.

What do you like about square format?

It's not necessarily my favorite one but I was happy to experiment with it again while trying the Lomo'Instant Square.

What keeps you busy now?

In the near future, I have a huge traveling project coming up about design, architecture, and urbanism in order to do large format lenticular prints. At the moment, I'm working on photo shoots for a French design brand, one for a champagne company and another for a luxury jewelry brand.

Merci Cyrille!


Discover Cyrille's photographs on his website and on his Tumblr. You can also follow him on his Instagram and his Facebook.

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Mentioned Product

Lomo'Instant Square Glass

Lomo'Instant Square Glass

The Lomo’Instant Square Glass is the first and only fully analogue instant camera on the planet Earth to produce Instax square pictures. It lets you capture the world in a powerful snapshot while the square frame paves the way for wacky compositions. With a 95mm glass lens (45mm equivalent) and an automatic mode that takes care of exposure, the Lomo’Instant Square makes shooting super sharp, perfectly exposed snaps easy.

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