Rafaelle Lorgeril‘s shots are not natural or stolen, they are finely constructed with the aim of moving the deepest part of ourselves.
Rafaelle Lorgeril is a young French photographer specialising in editorial and fashion photography. In her shots the make-up, which does not stop at natural make-up, but includes artistic make-up with rhinestones, colours and sequins applied to the face, and the props are as important as the models.
Thanks to this attention and care for detail, Rafaelle Lorgeril’s photographs stand out for their strong aesthetic sense, but her talent does not end there.
In fact, despite the construction of the shots, the images also have a powerful emotional charge and end up being melancholic and sensual. Instead of hindering the reading, the elements that fill the scene help the viewer empathise with the subjects.
Very young and talented, Kelly Saylor is only 19, studying in Portland and knows exactly where she wants to go. In fact, despite her young age, Kelly has not only figured out what her greatest passion is, she has also figured out how to approach and live her journey.
Aware of her age, of the fact that she still has many years to experiment and change, the photographer is still looking for a definite style, but this is certainly not an obstacle. Nor was the last year spent mostly at home.
In fact, before the pandemic, Kelly Saylor’s favourite subject was her friends, capturing their expressions and movements. When called upon to stay indoors, the young photographer didn’t let the situation overwhelm her and started pointing her lens at herself, creating a series of stunning self-portraits.
As Kelly herself points out, her work, whether portraits or self-portraits, always revolves around the concept of identity: I try to portray my concepts with bold colors and textures, I really want to engage and draw people in with this defined style.
Not only fashion photography, Matthieu Delbreuve‘s portfolio also features portraits and photographs of urban landscapes. Matthieu Delbreuve is a Paris-based photographer who only came to photography after studying Fine Art and Graphic Design, a background that gave him an insight into the technical aspects involved in the layout of editorials.
Today he divides his days between his job as Light Manager in a photo studio and the time he spends shooting, both personal work and collaborating with brands and magazines: in fact he boasts collaborations with M Le Monde, Telegraph Luxury, The Financial Times, Vogue Cs, Stylist and many others.
His style is a very personal one. Photographing exclusively in analogue, the images he produces are pure art, the portraits hyper expressive through which we are able to perceive the moods of the subjects and even his urban shots have a certain magic.
As a light manager, light is always co-starring in the scene and used to emphasise or conceal certain elements.
One does not have to be an expert in international politics to know the situation of North Korea, a country almost unknown to all of us, almost invisible we could say. It all began back in 1945 when Kim Il-sung imposed himself as the main leader of the country after leading the armies against Japan in the communist resistance.
Since that moment exactly 75 years have passed but the Kim dynasty still continues to dictate the law in the country, a dictatorship that lays its foundations on the cult of personality started by the grandfather of the current Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
To this day, North Korea remains one of the darkest countries in the world. In a context of permanent political, diplomatic and military crisis, the dynastic and dictatorial regime has chosen a propaganda that “invisibilizes” its people. Entering the country is certainly not a walk in the park, you do not need a normal passport and there are many nations that advise their citizens not to visit Korea.
And if entering is very difficult because you have to obtain special visas, imagine leaving the country, a possibility that is not even contemplated in the regime except in very rare cases. Many North Koreans every year try to escape by exploiting the demilitarized borders with China, but the task is more than difficult.
There is who, however, has managed to enter with a special visa, revealing from the beginning his intentions,(fundamental condition to avoid big problems), we speak of the French photographerStephan Gladieu. Between 2016 and 2020 he made three trips to photograph the North Korean people. His intentions were different from usual, we all know the dynasty and history but we really know little about the 25 million people living in the regime.
“North Korea has always been an enigma for me. After half a century of existence, it is one of the most hated countries in the world and also one of the most misunderstood. I want to understand the identity of this people and its relation to the tragic destiny of the motherland. I want to capture the out of scope of propaganda. A challenge in North Korea where the individual portrait does not exist. Iconography is the exclusive weapon of propaganda, which is expressed mainly through painted or ceramic frescoes representing the regime’s iconic figures. In the interiors, it is obligatory to display exclusively the portrait of the regime’s founder, Kim Il Sung, alongside that of his son Kim Jong Il. No family photos, no personal portraits, no room for individuality. It does not exist. The individual does not exist, there is no reality in a society where everything is plural, collective, communitarian.“
In late 2020 he published all the photos taken during his stays in his book “Corée du Nord”, on sale here. Although clearly the photos do not reflect reality Stephan Gladieu through his lens has tried to immortalize ordinary citizens, making invisible for once their Leader.
Constantly surveilled, accompanied step by step during his immersions in North Korea, Stephan Gladieu invents a space of freedom within the framework imposed on him by the regime. By choosing the full-length portrait that invites frontal pose and direct gaze, the photographer has familiarized himself with the codes of the propaganda image, making his approach, if not familiar, at least understandable to North Koreans.
A work so far unique in its kind, that while not showing all sides of the country makes us discover something more about its inhabitants. Below you will find some of Stephan Gladieu’s shots.