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Galerie du Jour Agnès b.
44 Rue Quincampoix
FR- 75004 Paris
Forma Art Contemporain
21, rue de Genève
CH — 1003 Lausanne
Galerie Für Moderne Fotografie
Magazines The New York Times, M Le Monde, i-D, Vogue Paris, Dazed & Confused, Another Man, The New Yorker, Die Zeit Magazin, Harper’s Bazaar, Financial Time, Numéro Art, Vice, Libération, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Air France Magazine.
Clients Louis Vuitton, Pigalle, Agnès b, Mucem, Perrier-Jouët, Diptyque, Les Néreïdes, Pampa, Chantelle, K-Way, Nelly Rodi, Philarmonie, Savoir-Faire, Fédération Française de la Mode.
2018 “Natures-Mortes et Paysages”, Villa Noailles, Hyères
2017 “Eden”, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris
2017 “Eden”, Galerie Für Moderne Fotografie, Berlin
2017 “Giverny”, Rue de Marseille & Square Récollets, Paris
2017 “Portraits de Familles”, Gare Numérique, Jeumont
2016 “Strawberry Field”, Forma Art Contemporain, Lausanne
2018 “A nous La Mode”, Three shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China
2018 “A nous La Mode”, Bailian Group Fashion Centre, Shanghai, China
2018 “A nous La Mode”, Temple 东景缘, Beijing, China
2018 “A nous La Mode”, Chengdu Museum, Chengdu, China
2018 MAD, Monnaie de Paris
2017 Festival de mode et de photographie, Hyères
2017 Paris Photo, Galerie du Jour Agnès B
2017 12 Mail, Red Bull Space, Paris
2017 Festival Portrait(s), Vichy
2016 Paris Photo, Galerie du Jour Agnès B
2016 Galerie Madé, Paris
2016 More Than A Gallery, Paris
2016 Rencontre d’Arles, Le Club des D.A.
2016 Rencontre d’Arles, Havas
2014 Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
2014 YIA, Paris
2014 Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Suisse
2014 Galerie Paul Freches, Paris
2014 Festival Photo 12, Zurich, Suisse
2014 Festival Images, Vevey, Suisse
Paul Rousteau rebels against the technically perfect photograph. Appearing as playful experiments that are often blurry and over-exposed, his enigmatic visual works arrive to the eye in luminous washes of colour, like looking through a kaleidoscope or floating off into the soft haze of a daydream. Born in France in the summer of 1985, Rousteau spent his early years gaining an alternative education ata Steiner-Waldorf school. From this experience, he adopted a lifelong sensitivity towards the importance of seeing and feeling the world around him. Even after going on to study at the renowned Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland — which felt comparatively serious — Rousteau retained a visceral appreciation for warmth and human connection, and a childlike wonder towards the natural world. His deeply optimistic visual language is full of clichés that make us smile: sunrise and sunsets, fruit and flowers, meadows in full bloom, swimming in the sea, bodies at their most naked, light dancing on surfaces and children laughing. His vision is naïve but wilfully so — his images are odes to innocent enjoyment. Placing his signature chromatic filter over every small experience, all of life is illuminated in Rousteau’s world.
His personal projects have included Eden, Visions of Joy, the photographer’s own “iconography of delight” in which he turns his lens on intensely personal subject matters, including his son and his pregnant wife’s body. Inspired by the biblical scenes of paintings by artists such as Giotto and Gustave Doré, Rousteau has an enduring interest in the concepts of the miracle and the sacred, and how they have been visualised across the centuries. As his work has developed, he has sought to reveal the invisible and the intangible in every photograph he takes, from instinctual emotions to imagination and the soul. Shrouded in radiant clouds of colour, his sitters are transmogrified into apparitions and visions, presented with glowing and positive energy. For him, life and art are lovingly entwined, and all of his work shares a single goal: to find joyfulness and beauty in everything. When shooting, he makes a plan and then discards it, allowing for chance and improvisation to take over. Afterwards, he manipulates his images post-shoot to see how far he can push them into new realms.
Rousteau’s empathetic knack for drawing out the spirit of his subjects has continued to entice clients into his universe. Slipping seamlessly between fine art and fashion, still life and travel, his pictures have appeared in M, le magazine du Monde, i-D, The New Yorker and Libération, and he has shot for brands including agnès b. and Diptyque. He has exhibited at the Festival Images Vevey in Switzerland in 2014, Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles in France in 2016 and with galerie du jour Agnees b. at Paris Photo in 2016. In 2017, he was selected as one of the finalists to exhibit at Hyeres Festival in France.
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