LUC BASSOMPIERRE INTERVIEW
French born, Luc Bassompierre finally got into photography full time after living in many different countries, a colorful career path and a 2008 recession. This is how he ended up doing his dream job. Some of his clients include: Franck Muller Watches, Oslo Freedom Forum, Monte Carlo Yacht Club, CNN, Amber Lounge for Formula One Grand Prix (Monaco, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Singapore), & AM New York : Breaking News Photographer.
Greatest inspirations or influences?
It's hard to pin point my greatest influences as I can't define myself as a "type" of photographer because I love both fashion and photojournalism. I love fashion photographers like Helmut Newton and Mario Testino to photojournalists like James Nachtwey and Arthur Fellig aka Weegee. But I think there has never been a photographer that encompasses both those worlds quite beautifully as Richard Avedon with his great fashion work and his ability to capture the true human spirit like the portraits from 'In the American West'.
Most memorable shoot so far and why?
When I first started studio photography I worked on a project on female body builders. I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to shoot this and the project meant a lot to me because I thought I would be a bar against which my peers would measure me and I would also see if I had the technical ability to orchestrate a shoot with such amazing and different women. Naturally I was intimidated at first but as shoot continued, I felt more comfortable and natural. It was really a turning point in my life where I said to myself that I am a photographer but more importantly I liked the work I was producing.
What would be a dream project for you?
I do like to float about all the superficiality and fun of fashion and would be lying if I said that I wouldn't love to do a kick ass fashion campaign that brought to life one of my ideas. Or do a shoot like Paolo Pelligrin did for the Oscar nominees. But in my heart, without sounding cheesy a dream project would be tied to bringing attention to real problems. I don't think I need to start listing all the problems and ailments that unfortunately plague our planet and society. I think one can get very creative in translating pain.
Here is a photo from his Tax Deductible Campaign shot in Cambodia and watch video here.
Most interesting response to your work? "You're clearly obsessed with women, is this the only pathetic way you have of getting close to naked women. Do they realize that you have such little talent" ? This was said to me by an editor in New York, whom of course will remain anonymous.
Favorite websites, blogs, publications?
- french photo magazine, Vogue ,Vice
- these are just a few and there are so many...
Anything else you would like to share? I haven't said my last word or taken my last photo.