Friday, September 25, 2015

interview with photographer Michael Garrigues

About you:

70 kg, short hair, blue eyes. Photography is a huge part of my life. 

What is it that attracts you the most of what you have around you? 

Light, beauty and weirdness

Tell us about your experience as photographer what did it give you?

I start photography during a bicycle journey start in 2007 in Japan and finish one year and an half later in Indonesia. So I start by street photography and documentary. Since this trip I live with a camera. Now I work with other photographers in « L'espace St Cyprien » in Toulouse and with the newborn « Collectif TTL ». Photography give me a obsession. I love it.

tell us about the city where you live

I live in Toulouse, we call it the pink city. You have to come to know why...

Three adjectives to describe yourself.

Bearded, obsessive and strange, but in a good way

A film, a book and a song

Film : “Mulholland Drive” / David Lynch
Book : “Les faux monnayeurs” / AndrĂ© Gide 
Song : All the song of “Melodies from Mars » /Aphex Twin



What camera do you use? lense?

I've sell my last digital camera 2 weeks ago ! I use a small 35mm Minoltat from the 80's with only one bouton (red), a Pentax 6x7 with the 105mm and the 55mm and a Lubitel sometime for MF. A Hexar AF is always with me.


Tell about exhibition if you‘ve had any.

I done few exibitions but nothing big. Each time, it was in Toulouse in “L'Espace St Cyprien”. An exibition is coming in few day's with “Le Collectif TTL” is L'Almanach.


Do you sell prints? How do you make it and where can someone buy?

One time, crazy story. I sell a print for the label of wine bottles. I have been payed with a lot of bottles. Typical French trade...


What was your most big success? 

Nothing big, nothing call success...


Favourite photographer.

If I have to give only one name : Henry Cartier Bresson or Jeff Wall or Manet or Rinko Kawauchi or Hopper...


Describe some of your projects

The last one named “Rupture” is about what apend we you are at home, when you've close your door and you let it go... All made with an old Pentax 6x7, with friends and real houses and flats. All pictures are print in 60cm by 80cm. 

Your main concept.

“Le beau est toujours bizarre” C.Baudelaire
“Beauty is always weird”

What is your occupation, job, interest besides photography.

I'm a social-worker, I work with teenagers. Art History, narratology, travel and


Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?

“Sans technique un don n'est rien qu'une sale manie.” Brassens
“Without technique a gift is only a nasty mania.”


Do you work as photographer? 

Nope, sometime I give workshop to kids and teenagers...


Your plans.

I start a new work with a 4x5 camera. I realy want this new project to be close to classic painting and something weird. It's the realy beginning of something, I read a lot, whatch movie, look a lot of different pictures and projects, I love this “Time 0” moment.




















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