Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Interview with Aurélien Heilbronn

Aurélien Heilbronn, a 23 year-old French photographer, is also a director based-in Los Angeles. He started shooting film for over 2 years ago and uses a Yashica T4 and a Contax T2 as his two main cameras.

Aurélien who had been featured once in Shooting Film would like to share more of his photography work with us in an interview.

_ Hi Aurelien, can you introduce yourself?
 Hi! My name is Aurélien Heilbronn, I’m a 23 years old director who likes to take pictures. I spent most of my life in Paris, France then moved to New York. I’m currently living in Los Angeles.

_ How did you get into photography? Why film?
 I always take pictures. I remember having a little digital camera on me at all times when I was a teenager, a time where the cameras on our phones were garbage and I thought I was being artistic by taking monochromes of pigeons in the streets of Paris. Well, I actually still take pictures of pigeons sometimes… I guess I have a thing for them haha. While I was in New York, a photographer and friend of mine once lent me a film camera. It was a Yashica T4. The raw aspect of the film matched the raw aspect of the city so well and I remember thinking:  “That’s it I’m going analogue!”

_ Tell us your favorite camera and film?
 I’m a true believer in the saying that the best camera is the one you always have on you. But of course an analogue one, not a digital one. I use the Yashica T4 and the Contax G2. The T2 and the Polaroids are also a lot of fun. Digital is great for clients but I feel it should not be used for personal work.

_ Who & what are some of your influences?
 I never thought I would be a photographer so I kind of never studied it…  But coming from film school I guess I have a certain understanding of images. As I got more into taking pictures I noticed my perception changing, in regards to photography. It helped me in my directing too, it shapes the way you build a shot and helps you understand what you want and more importantly what you don’t want.

_ Do you have any projects in future in film photography?
 Luckily a lot! A zine on my B&W pictures is coming out soon and a fashion brand is using some of my pictures on their T-shirts for their new collection. I’m also working with Landed NY and Prescription Films on an exciting project right now. 24 hours in different cities with 24 photographers followed by a camera crew in their journey to document our generation. I’m in charge of the LA project.

Aurélien, thank you for the interview!

See more of his work at his website.

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