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.
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.
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.
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.
øTheP: What is your favorite word?