• 25 Jun 2019

From shooting to printing, Photographer Michel Rubinel masters the balance of the image in his artistic creation:

Photograph by Michel Rubinel

Capoeira in Salvador da Bahia, 2001 © Michel Rubinel

His path

The first contact with the camera was that of transformed, magnified reality. Indeed, I found family meals boring, until my sister brought her new Pentax camera. When I looked at the viewfinder, the ordinary Sunday lunch scene was sublimated. I felt complete. Like I found my place. At the age of 14, it even became an obsession to have a camera. First I wanted to photograph everything: street scenes, objects, people, portraits of friends. Later on, I wanted to reproduce what I saw in Zoom magazine and in particular the fashion of the 70s with bright colours. I particularly admired Guy Bourdin’s photographs. It is this visual shock that interests me. By taking my first photographs, I quickly wanted to experiment and try associations of shapes. I am a self-taught Photographer, getting inspiration in all the books I have been able to find. I then worked in photo labs which enabled me to educate my eyes through the work of others. At the same time, I work as a journalist and a photo editor in a news agency.

His artistic statement

Generally speaking, Anglo-Saxon portrait artists such as Irving Penn, Albert Watson and Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus inspire me greatly. I am also very sensitive to reporters such as Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank. Thus, Robert Frank‘s black and white reports with street scenes made in the United States with particular luminous atmospheres left a strong impression on me. Light had a meaning, a direction, it illuminated the scenes, which is not obvious in everyday life. It also transformed reality. Portraiture, fashion, architecture and reporting are recurring themes in my Artwork. I am looking for exceptional moments, with a form of balance. I do all my prints myself because I want to have complete control over the rendering. The laboratory work is a way to testify to what I have seen, by highlighting parts of the image. My technique has evolved over the years and the topics covered. The mental construction of the photographs is an important step. Knowing what I want beforehand while leaving space for something unexpected. For a long time, silver printing was an important step in giving way to computer processing. This offers many possibilities. In the viewer, it is the feeling of balance that I seek to provoke. I want to convey the emotion of the shooting.

Photographer Michel Rubinel Artwork in 1994

M.Traore, 1994 © Michel Rubinel

His evolution

From my first photographs, I captured everything my eye saw. It could be a street scene, a daily scene, portraits, landscapes and many other themes without necessarily having an obvious common thread. Today I try to build series instead in order to constantly consolidate my work of shooting as well as the techniques of printing. I develop subjects on a longer term basis. However, I don’t limit myself to one subject, I always lead several series at the same time. As I continue to develop my work as a Photographer, I intend to increase the opportunities to present my Artwork and achievements. In particular, I am increasingly interested in large prints and their presentation to the public is an important aspect of my future artistic career.

Artwork by Photographer Michel Rubinel

Babyfoot in Salvador da Bahia, 2001 © Michel Rubinel

His exhibitions

I had the great privilege of participating in a group exhibition as part of a festival in Burgundy. It’s a great memory. Nevertheless, nothing will ever be more moving than the very first exhibition. The one that moves our soul deep within itself. From July 1st to 11th, 2019, I will participate in the group exhibition “Mixed Presence(s)” organized by Art-Trope as part of the Voies-Off festival in the context of the prestigious Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. Emphasis will be placed on portraits to present, alongside the other Community Artists present, a cross-perspective on the portrait in photography.

Artwork by Artist Photographer Michel Rubinel

Remi, 2017 © Michel Rubinel

His relationship with Art-Trope

I don’t yet master the Contemporary Art market. As a Photographer, I need support in this context and that’s where Art-Trope comes in. Art-Trope helps me to organize myself, develop my career and gradually increase the visibility of my creations. It is this dimension of accompaniment that is essential for me in the development of my career as a Photographer.

Find the Art-Trope profile of Photographer Michel Rubinel here.

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