ERASED ON 11/02/2013

 “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
Richard Avedon

 A portrait was posted here a few months ago. The lady who has performed as the model asked me to erase it.
Whatever is her reason, I respect it and erased my picture immediately.
I have been disappointed at first, but then I decided to look backwards at this experience positively. As a matter of fact, it is an actual expression of what is and what is not portrait.
Therefore I grab the occasion to clarify some points.
A lot of people do mix portraiture with flattery. To be looking for an attractive mirror on a self portrait is understandable. But, a portrait does not necessarily take as a priority to render beautiful the idea that a model makes of themselves. Instead, the portraitist has to translate into his own language the inner conception that he has of a special person in a specific moment.
This is the spirit of the most admirable photographers, and, of course, mine in this blog too. I see no reason why those who do not share it should be represented in here.
Translated from French by Adélaïde Gomes


Regina Demina as an ingenue in the café where we had lunch today (Paris)

A previous portrait and a video representing Regina have been posted on Portrait Lab the 19/12/2011 and 09/01/2012


Fanny Deblock is an intense woman. I think she was born to be an actress (Paris)

Four previous portraits representing Fanny have been posted on Portrait Lab the 09/07/2011, 16/02/2012, 11/03/2012 and 23/04/2012


My friend Emma Goldsztajn on her Paris houseboat in 2003 and 2010 (Paris)

A previous portrait representing Emma has been posted on Portrait Lab the 09/08/2011