Please introduce yourself: What is your name, where are you from, what do you do?
My name is Jean-Christophe, I am from New York and I’m an artist. I studied photography and film at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague — FAMU: Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze — in 1990s.
What is your relationship with photography? How did you get into it and what keeps you interested or motivated?
I have always used my camera to chronicle sketches of daily life. Ultimately they are images that become committed to my memory. Those images reveal the details, seen and unseen, that I felt when making the photograph. The beauty in photography is being able to see what is not seeable.
There are 3 cameras that I use: a Leica M6, Hasselblad 500c and a Mamiya C330. With the medium format cameras, I have spent more time discovering color and details of urban structures whilst the Leica is all about texture. The traveling I do for work is motivation enough to photograph. Again, it’s all about the memories.
What are you currently working on, and — if there is — what is your next project or journey?
Currently I am working on an installation consisting of acrylic sculptures, projections and paintings. The paintings are based on photographic details while the sculptures are designed specifically on portraiture.
Thank you Jean Christophe!
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