THIAPS is releasing a hard cover book ( also available in soft cover ) called Unlimited Grain Portraits. Frans Peter Verheyen curated numerous photographer into this compilation of analog made portraits. From 35mm to large format, the books seems quite diverse in style and subjects. Breaking away from a documentary style book, each portraits seems to emphasize on the esthetics and the fact that they are all made shot on films.
Two of my gao’an series portrait are featured in this book. The gao’an shots are a series of large and medium format portrait captured in my own little studio which looks directly in a street called gao’an road in shanghai. I am using this studio to explore close up documentary portraits through various angles and lights. By using minimalist means and high quality lenses, my goal is to try to be able to capture the personality of each of my subjects. They are pausing very naturally in front of my lenses and I specifically ask them not to smile. I ll try to get them in a situation of confort in which they can reveal themselves to the film. I am still in the experimentation phase of this process, that is why my subject are still composed of friends and people that I come across in Shanghai, but the ultimate focus is to get a documentary series together within this year.
In the meanwhile, here is two early shots of those capture, in between lot of other interesting and beautiful portraits
Below are the two featured portraits and of course I can advise only to look at them printed on real paper , but in the meanwhile, you get them here