BAUDOUIN PHOTOGRAPHY
ORIGIN: Reims, Champagne, France
BORN: 21/12/77
PRESS CLIENTS: Elle, Le Monde, Wad, Geo, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Glamour
ADVERTISING CLIENTS: Ikea, Mitsubishi, l'Oréal, Orange, Crédit Agricole, Arte
FIRST CAMERA: Canon EOS 50 in 1997, sold in 1999
CURRENT CAMERA: Hasselblad 503 CWD since 2002
PHOTOGRAPHIC INFLUENCES: Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eliott Erwitt
PHOTOGRAPHIC TASTES: Harry Gruyaert, Arnold Odermatt, Guy Bourdin, Alberto Garcia Alix, Shoji Ueda.
MUSICAL INFLUENCE: the Kinks, Motown sound
MUSICAL TASTE: Lee Hazlewood, Beach Boys
DREAM: realize Queen Elisabeth II portrait's
ADDICTION: tea, champagne and japanese sake
Baudouin a grandi en Champagne. Il a toujours eu le sentiment d’être né 10 ans trop tard. Il aurait voulu traverser en pleine conscience les périodes punk et disco. Il suit et poursuit ses études parce qu’il lui semble que c’est la seule chose à faire.

La musique est une composante importante de sa vie. Il affirme son attirance pour les années 60. The Kinks, The Who, Franck Zappa et la musique psychédélique californienne.

À 20 ans, on lui offre un appareil photo. C’est la révélation. Il s’essaie au noir et blanc, passe ses soirées dans une chambre noire. Il ouvre des livres, admire le travail de Harry Gruyaert, Arnold Odermatt, Guy Bourdin, Alberto Garcia Alix, Shoji Ueda.

Rapidement, il délaisse le noir et blanc et fait ses débuts professionnels. D’emblée son regard s’impose, il marque son style. On retrouve dans ses portraits les influences sixties : second degrés, décalage des poses, et un certain sens de l’optimisme.

Revisitant le portrait mondain, Baudouin saisit ses sujets dans leur environnement familier. Chanteurs, actrices, écrivains, visages connus ou inconnus, chacun pose assis, debout, couché, souriant ou grimaçant, c’est au choix.

On raconte qu’il souhaiterait photographier Queen Elizabeth 2
Baudouin's most improbable dreams saw him as a bassist in a New York jazz band circa 1970. However, born in France in 1977 and unable to carry off an afro hairstyle, he decided to become a photographer. That's fate for you; sometimes the slightest detail can change your life.

Baudouin took his first photos in Ireland. He tried and tested different formats, got to grips with light, mastered black and white photography and worked on framing his subject. He studied the work of his mentors, immersing himself in their universe and techniques, his bedroom walls lined with compositions by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr's colour photography, and witty images by Elliott Erwitt. Baudouin honed his style; on returning to Paris, he began specialising in colour portraits.

Baudouin never really looks at you. He tries to capture a hidden reality. With his Hasselblad firmly screwed to the tripod, he constructs his composition using soft lighting. Nothing escapes the photographer's eye. Baudouin groups together objects, piling up memories, creating a décor. He tells a story, depicting a world or sensibility. Time stands still for the duration of a photo. Baudouin feels the need to render his subject immortal. Each shot reflects an atmosphere, at the very moment when Philip Roth launched a novel, underground tickets were still purple, REM was in concert and Kellogg's were offering 20% discounts on 500g packs of cereal. Baudouin's aim is to stop time and in a few years his photos will be a reflection of their era.

Using a more off-the-wall, timeless approach, Baudouin has also turned his attention to canine nonchalance. Nothing surprises our four-legged friends. Models for a day, against kitsch backgrounds, they strike a mischievous pose.

Jean-Baptiste Gendarme