Atoma – The Leica digicam Weblog


In collaboration with the creator Isabelle Guisan, Pierre-Emmanuel Fehr bought concerned in capturing a selected environment in Greece. In 2018 and 2019, they had been in Athens and witnessed a complete technology’s seek for that means. Folks circling round every like atoms, coming collectively after which drifting aside once more. Fehr used movie and neon mild to deliver viewers nearer to the goals of Athenian youth that emerge at evening within the metropolis. On this interview, he explains why his Atoma mission – which has additionally appeared as a e-book – is so particular to him, about how his cinematic fashion underscored the melancholic-romantic environment, and in regards to the explicit function performed by the color blue.

What’s the largest problem you face in images?
I believe it’s discovering initiatives that make sense for me relying of my mind-set at a sure time in my life. As a mission lasts 2-3 years, that’s not simple to anticipate! Clearly, a very powerful factor is the trail taken greater than the end result, and what it permits me to expertise – that’s to say, assembly folks. Then I attempt to match this mission in a e-book publication, as that is my favorite method of viewing pictures – greater than exhibitions –, but additionally as a result of the development of a sequence is pure pleasure.

Do you have got any photographic function fashions? Who has had an affect on creating your individual perspective?
Josef Koudelka. For his dedication, his humanism, the immersion in his initiatives, his humility, his aesthetics. He’s all the time on the service of the narrative. I couldn’t keep away from his affect in my e-book on the migration disaster on the island of Leros.

You give attention to social documentary and in addition narrative images. Atoma is most positively narrative images. To what extent is Atoma completely different out of your earlier initiatives?
Atoma may be very completely different from my earlier initiatives in each content material and type. I left apart social and documentary images in addition to black and white, to {photograph} for the primary time in color, in a sensory and narrative method; with emotions and textures to signify Athenian youth, with out projecting itself into the long run, however quite in suspension within the evening, as in a dream. Atoma can be an intimate mission that echoes my very own youth.

How did your Atoma mission come about? Please tells us in regards to the collaboration with the author Isabelle Guisan.
I met Isabelle Guisan in 2016, after we had been each working independently on books about migration. We had visited the island of Leros two years aside, and had each immersed ourselves within the lives of the refugees and islanders. This was adopted by the publication of Leros, île au cœur de la crise migratoire (Leros, island on the coronary heart of the migration disaster), half with my pictures, and half with texts by Laure Gabus (Georg Editeur, Geneva, 2016); and for Isabelle Guisan, Hors-sol (Éditions de la Marquise, Lausanne, 2018). Our friendship led us to Atoma, which Isabelle and I put collectively over three years. We labored in such a method that the texts and pictures have a dialogue with out really mixing. Our two parallel immersions into Greek youth are two echoes of our personal completely different youths and our completely different imaginative and prescient of in the present day’s youth, which additionally take into accounts our age distinction.

Did you have got a particular visible strategy in thoughts in your Atoma collection?
I had in thoughts to maneuver away from a sensible Athens. I used to be searching for a simplification of the colors, with a gentle and infrequently blurred state of affairs. For this, I wanted evening atmospheres and three neon lights, in addition to blue filters on my lens so as to steadiness the factitious mild on the movie rolls.

What sort of stylistic components do you want and use incessantly; and why?
The perimeters of the buildings and the moon are omnipresent. They symbolize the body and what goes past it.

Your photos have a cinematic really feel; did you shoot on movie?
Solely movie. To begin with, for aesthetic causes, because the textures are extra blended and easy with movie. That being mentioned, it was an arduous enterprise in comparison with digital, particularly at evening with synthetic lights. The best good thing about utilizing movie was to really feel nearer to the folks I used to be photographing and spending time with. There was no risk to see the rapid end result, so that there have been no rapid expectation; and the motion of photographing and posing interfered little or no with the circulate of the evening. The price of working with movie can be an incentive to take fewer pictures and to shorten the scenes. In a single yr I used 34 movies.

Your pictures are very cinematic, atmospherically dense and convey the particular lighting temper of nighttime. What function did colors play in Atoma? Please inform us one thing in regards to the color scheme. What else did you pay particular consideration to?
Atoma is especially constructed round blue. Three extra colors are recurrent within the e-book. I needed the photographs to comprise as little diversion and visible noise as potential, so as to go away a sense and a free house with out imposing a exact narrative or course. It was important for me to make use of steady mild and never flash, so as to really feel the environment within the interplay with the topic, in order that the scene might have been lived, not solely uncovered on the movie roll. The cinematic environment you point out is the zone between actuality and dream.

How necessary is post-processing, specifically retouching, to you?
Virtually inexistent, besides throughout the photolithography with a gentle rebalancing of the colors on some photos, in order that the combos within the e-book are coherent. The right depth of neon lights with faces is essential, and with the usage of movie there isn’t a margin to regulate an error with post-processing. I skilled that the primary time with an virtually full roll…

What present or future initiatives are you engaged on? The place are you headed subsequent?
If solely I knew! I inform you, it’s my largest problem…

Born in Switzerland in 1984, Pierre-Emmanuel Fehr is self-taught and works from Geneva. He focuses on social documentary and narrative images. His work has been displayed each nationally and internationally, in Zurich, London, Geneva, Berlin and Rome. His pictures have gained him the 2016 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), part skilled press (1st prize); the 2016 Prix Nicolas Bouvier, part photographic reportage (1st prize); the 2016 Moscow Worldwide Foto Awards, part editorial (2nd prize). He was additionally chosen for the 23 Vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis. His final two initiatives had been carried out in Greece: on the island of Leros and in Athens. Each corresponding books have been printed by Georg Editions (Geneva, 2016 and 2020). Discover out extra about his images on his web site and Instagram channel.

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