Under the skirts of Paris
Maxime Hibon is a "self-educated photographer" lover of his city: Paris. He photographed it at the place, upside down, in small bits, when she reflected herself in a puddle like a motionless narcissus. A few days away from the fashion week, where visitors will surge around the world without even looking up at the beauties of the city, it reveals its Paris indiscreet. – Isabelle Cerboneschi. Photos: Maxime Hibon.
Prior to photography, Maxime Hibon worked only in advertising. He rubbed his words and formulas to those of Jacques Séguéla. There are worse mentors. With his team, at Havas, he conducted global campaigns of communication, but already images interested him almost more than words.
His look, he trained by rubbing shoulders, observing others do - Patrick Demarchelier, Patrick Tourneboeuf or Gueorgui Pinkhassov Magnum agency, with whom he followed courses. He learned by doing, especially. By working his lights, his effects, his portraits. One thing after another. "I had taken pictures when I was young but I forgot. It is strangely Kanye West who gave me the taste to the image. He was my client for a few years and as a good self-respecting tourist he asked me to photograph him in front of the Eiffel Tower, in front of the Arc de Triomphe, etc. He gave me advice on the light and I learned like crazy. "
Maxime Hibon offered himself a Leica "to force me to learn both technique and respect. Respect for those who have changed our view of the world through this art malleable that is the photo. We work on the blur, the speed, the light ... "And since 7 years, he does not leave a day without his camera, companion of his wanderings day and night.
The “self-educated photographer”, as he likes to call himself, fell in love with his city when he knew how to look at her. He watches it from every angle, like a man in love, especially from underneath. He looks at her indirectly: he takes what she wants to reflect from herself in the puddles of water, in the mirrors, in all the surfaces that reflect her image. His work in the sometimes murky waters of Paris reveals another city, as if we discovered new forms, new faces and other horizons.
"These are different points of view that are revealed," he says. Many people, after seeing my photos, tell me: "I will never look at puddles like before". And then they forget ... But if I managed to make them look at Paris differently, it's already a lot. I am convinced that a photo can change things. "
"Gueorgui Pinkhassov from the Magnum agency has taught me something very important. He told me: "Henry Cartier-Bresson was waiting for the right moment, the right light, the right person, the right situation to pass in his objective." Then Maxime Hibon learned patience, he learned to wait for the right light, the right angle of the passante's leg, which is reflected in a puddle at the Tuileries Garden. He agreed to capture with his camera what the city, life, wanted to give him.
His first exhibition, he had made in Nyon. The second, in Paris, at the Hotel Lutetia. For almost six years Maxime Hibon has been exhibiting at fairs, museums and galleries in Europe and the United States - the AAF Brussels or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Dallas - alongside some of the greatest artists in the world. contemporary art.
He has just participated in the production of a book for the National Gendarmerie. He had been asked to bring an outside look at the institution. That's what he did. The book has already been edited to more than 26'000 copies. An adventure that will continue on their side. No doubt his look sends them another image, another reflection of themselves and their function.
A photograph is never the reality. It is an instant, a portion of time, an extract of situation, reduced to a given width and height. An image of Hibo is more, and less than reality: it reflects it while forcing the viewer to reconstruct part of the real. Or not at all. An invitation to be carried away by what we see. Because we feel good in this universe that we do not recognize. We feel good under the skirts of Paris ...
Some of Maxime Hibon's photographs are currently on display in the Gab & Jo store, 28 rue Jacob, Paris
Draws can also be purchased at The Two 6 Gallery, 66 Bourdonnais Avenue, and the Stubbs Gallery in Dallas: https://www.stubbsgallery.com
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