have always admired great photography and wanted
to get in the minds of those who create amazing
work and master pieces. Eric Guillemain,
is another fashion photographer that has an
in-depth skills and understanding of photography
and his work. In this interview you will
learn more about his concept of his work and how
his career as a photographer came to a
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It never has been my intention to become one
really. I was a singer in a French rock band
called Venice back in 2003. I did my first step
in photography while assisting friends of mine
already working in the fashion industry. But for
me it was just a money job. At that time I
didn't have any clue of what was going on and
was more there as a casual observer. I am not
sure I changed that much since.
BEING INSPIRED BY LOVE
The more I am in love or inclined to love, the
more I am getting inspired. But what is crucial
is to stay faithful to the moment. I personally
only trust the truth of the moment over any
bright idea I could have had prior to a shoot.
In the present time when the moment comes and
contradict all of your expectations you need to
obey him. Be totally absorbed in him.
POLAROIDS & PORTRAITS
A photographer friend of mine was having a go
and see at my place and couldn't make it at the
last minute. So I filled in for him and took
some polaroids of the model who happened to be
young debutant Agyness Deyn. She acquired a big
status some weeks after that being shot by
Mert+Marcus. In the meantime my little session
kind of spread on the internet. I had a call
from Vs Magazine. they wanted to test my raw
approach on celebrities. So I began with
shooting Lou Doillon, Milla Jovovich, Vanessa
Paradis…Everything went quite fast after that.
Other people liked my photos and started to
trust me whenever they were in need of some
portraits shot in the most simple and honest
PERCEPTION OF WHY HE HAS AN AGENT
The planet "Business" is at the far opposite of
my galaxy. And some hundred millions light years
from my heart. So I need some superior
intelligence kindly provided by my agent in
order to send some signals toward the Great
BORN TO SING BUT 'SURPRISINGLY'
PHOTOGRAPHY WAS CALLING
I was a singer since age 14.
I had always struggled like crazy to get some
recognition in my country. At least just
enough to pay my rent. Finally I've been thrown
in the dirt far from home like some miserable
So you know when people began to come knocking
at my door and asked me for "photographs" I
thought it was a big cosmic joke. I felt like I
was receiving an answer to a question somebody
else's asked…Like an error from the post office
: The right letter in the wrong box.
WORKING WITH PETER LINDBERGH
with Peter Lindbergh was a logical continuation
of what was curiously happening to me. It
fitted the pattern. I was finally entering
The way Peter deals with the moment, his
commitment to the real was so impressive but yet
simple and so evident in the same time. Like
cooking a sunny side egg. But that egg was
a magical one.
On a shoot with Peter Lindbergh you understand
the importance of what it is to be faithful and
devoted to the moment in a quasi-mystical way
sometimes. This is what you often
experienced on a shoot with him: If Peter needed
rain for a picture then the rain would fall. If
it was important to get some sunshine on a
particular shot, rays of sun would break through
the clouds. Believe me he is not only a master
of photography but the Moses of photography.
It was the first time
I experienced that kind of magic for myself.
I was on an advertising job with a very low
budget. We were shooting in Paris during winter.
Temperature was 25 F overcast with some snow.
But my client needed a summer feeling of course.
So what can you do when you need 18k hmi's and
you just can afford a quantum flash? Well
forget about being a photographer and turn
yourself into a shaman. I started to shoot with
a big smile and suddenly the clouds began to
disappear. The sun was full on and smiling with
me. Nobody could believe it as it was in
total contradiction with the depressing weather
forecast we had for the whole week. I kept on
shooting following the script. And at the very
moment we were done. I swear to you the grey was
back and it started to snow again.
LOOK FOR IN AN ASSISTANT
I am always looking for a good friend if that is
possible. Someone you can talk to. So I can be
more loose and less in my thoughts. Somebody
with a heart inside of his chest. And
speaking other words than just zeros and ones.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER
A great photographer is able to shoot a million
photos in a million ways, but in the end he
chooses to just shoot one and in some unique
ADVICE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS