Vive la vie

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Steidl, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 80 pages
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With his unique talent for capturing emotions using lenses, colors and words, artist Francois-Marie Banier inspires both his subjects and viewers to conquerir le reve (conquer the dream). Vive la Vie is an intimate monograph resulting from a collaboration between Banier and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Based on a series of sessions arranged by von Furstenberg with model Natalia Vodianova, the images are layered with visual and emotional complexity. By combining his various skills - photography, painting and writing - into individual artworks, Francois-Marie Banier creates narratives that compel both the eye and the mind. Vodianova exposes her true, unmasked self, creating a blank canvas on which raw womanhood is revealed, far from the stereotypes of fashion photography.

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About the author (2009)

Franaois-Marie Banier was born in Paris in 1947. A novelist and playwright, since the 1970s he has also been taking photographs of public figures as well as anonymous people in the street. In 1991 the Centre Pompidou in Paris exhibited his photographic work for the first time, and further exhibitions have since been organized throughout Europe, in Asia and in Latin America. Maison Europeenne de la Photographie presented a retrospective in 2003, exhibiting his "written" and "painted" photographs for the first time. He lives and works in Paris.

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