Photo credit: Joty Mousar
Every year, Studio Images, the IFC photography workshop, invites two professional photographers for a residency dedicated to photography. After Laure Vasconi and Chantal Stoman last year, it’s Christian Milovanoff’s turn to teach the students his technique for a residency around architecture photography! The result of their work will be displayed during the opening of the exhibition “Architectures and Landscapes” on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm, and until June 2 in the Gallery of the French Institute.
Discover Christian Milavanoff in 7 questions:
- When did you start photography? How was your passion born?
In 1976, after graduating in Sociology and Ethnology. As for my passion for photography… it started when I was a teenager, when I was visiting a lot of museums, and more precisely Spanish museums, with my family.
- Tell us about your previous projects.
I’ve always worked in closed spaces, such as museums, supermarkets, offices, etc… Enclosed areas where I could build an image or find one. The outdoor frightens me, unless I found focal points, and no “get-outs”! The image supposes a frame. I work so that I can put what I see into one.
- What are you favorite things to shoot?
Museums, or museums-to-be. Enclosed areas, folded onto themselves.
- Who are your favorite photographers, the ones you admire, the ones you’d like others to discover as well?
They are many, of course. Walker Evans, Eugène Atget, Jeff Wall, Alexandre Rodchenko, August Sander, Bernd et Hilla Becher, Suzanne Lafont, Dorothea Lange, let’s say those for which the form makes sense and for which the words of Jean-Luc Godard ring true: “A thought that forms a form that thinks.”
- What is your best souvenir with Studio Images ?
We worked in Siemp Reap, and working together for 5 days enabled us to talk – whether those conversations were short or long, they were always fruitful. I don’t have a specific moment to share in minde, just a detail: change a camera angle to find an image and see the happiness bloom in the eyes of the photograph.
- Do you have any advice for a young photographer willing to start photography?
Observe, observe the world, analyze it, but observe it through your camera, through the lens, through a frame. Be on the alert. To see, you have to be seen. So see again and again. And forbid yourself the use of wide-angle lens that distorts the world and forces the photograph to re-frame it.
- What are your next projects?
Carry on with what I’m doing… Imagine another exhibition along the line of TERRIFIC. And work from the pictures takes in Angkor, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh… It’s an ongoing process during which I’ll find a proposition, an angle, a topic (as much as this work makes any sense).