“Maybe” – Iris Alba interview / Photography & Photographers


øTheP:   Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

     IA:    I was born and spent my childhood in the south of France. Under the sun.

øTheP:   Who (or what) do you love?

     IA:    I love girls. 

øTheP:   When did you first discover your creative talents?

     IA:    I’m not really sure I have creative talents. But it all started after I got very sick, about ten years ago… I discovered I had scars all over my body and a lot of images in my mind.

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øTheP:   Who and/or what are some of your influences?

     IA:    I’m influenced by the people I meet everyday in my life, and in the history of photography, by artists like Daido Moriyama, Guy Bourdin, Bruce Davidson or
Eugene Meatyard and many others, each one for a particular reason. I follow the work of contemporary French photographers like Arno Brignon or Jean-François Lepage.

øTheP:   How would you describe your art to someone who could not see/read it?

     IA:    I’d describe my photography as very simple, almost abstract, and very contrasted. Both poetic and raw, sensual and ludic, embodied and conceptual.

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øTheP:   How do you prepare yourself for a day of working? Rituals?

     IA:    I just check my different cameras, films and what I need for work. No prayers, no rituals, no bullshits.

øTheP:   Which is your favorite piece you have created? and why?

     IA:    It’s hard to choose one specific image, because the last one calls always another one. So I’d say my favorite image is the one I will see just before I die.

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øTheP:   If you could spend the day with anyone, living or deceased, whom would you choose and what would hope to gain from the experience?

     IA:    With Daido Moriyama, just to spend a perfect day rollin’ all over Tokyo.

øTheP:   What is your secret  ambition?

     IA:    To be the best.

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øTheP:    What is your favorite word?

IA:    Maybe.

inspiration continues here

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