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Olivier Jude is a Monaco-based diving photographer that has been taking incredible underwater shots since 2004. A member of Fédération Monégasque des Activités Subaquatiques and award winner of numerous international competitions, Olivier doesn’t work alone but together with a Monegasque diving model Sylvie Laurent — his partner and professional inspiration. In the interview to PURPLEHAZE, Olivier Jude told about his life on the Mediterranean coast, his history of success and inspiration sources.
How did you come to the idea to create diving photography?
Well, I was born in Monaco, close to the Mediterranean Sea. When I was small, I found it very nice just to open the window and enjoy the view. I also liked walking along the beach. When I grew older, I told my family: I wanna go under the water to see what’s inside! There is an Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the more I discovered the exhibition there as a child, the better I realized that I want to try diving. I started working for the Monaco police department when I was twenty-one and I had an opportunity to do diving not as a part of my job, but that wasn’t my purpose, so I enjoyed it in my free time. My first diving trip took place in Egypt, Red Sea in 1997. And I started underwater competition in 2004: I went around the world many times with my friends, divers, however, my wife refused to go — she has never been fond of diving. In order to reassure her, I was taking photos during the trip to show her how beautiful the sea world is. That’s how I started taking photos professionally and taking part in different competitions.
Since your wife doesn’t dive, how did you get to know Sylvie and chose her to be your model?
While participating in different kinds of French and international competitions, I realized that I need a professional partner. You know, like in ice-skating, when you do things in a couple. I used to have models that assisted me but all of them turned it away very soon as the job was tiresome. So I was looking for someone more endurant, fearless, who would be interested in diving first of all. Sylvie attended the same diving club of Monaco as I did, I even saw her practicing — every day, during the lunch hour. One day I came up to her and suggested we could collaborate. By now we’ve been working together since 2009. I am really glad about that as Sylvie seems to be a perfect partner for me: she is strong, brave and always ready-to-help. We can rely on each other what’s really important. By the way, my wife who is a fashion designer creates haute couture costumes for our photo shoots. I am so lucky to have support of these wonderful women.
Diving is a hard physical activity. Still how do you manage to stay inspired during the process?
You know, since we are in the water that means that we want to go under the water. It is a bad idea to dive if you feel sick or in a sour mood. Inspiration often comes easily. When it’s sunny, I just look at the sky and think of the things I could do inside the water. Colorful fishes that we sometimes see on our way is also a source of inspiration. However, most of all I get inspired by new ideas. For example, Sylvie can suggest me using another colour for her costume or trying a different composition. During one of the recent photo shoots she was surrounded by a stock of fish. Sylvie was in the very center — it looked like a real circle of life!
Text by Yulia Kryshevich
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Impossible Love—Vintage Photographs
C/O Berlin will be presenting the exhibition Nobuyoshi Araki . Impossible Love—Vintage Photographs from December 08, 2018 to March 03, 2019. The Opening will take place on Friday, December 07, 2018, at 07:00 p.m. at C/O Berlin in the Amerika Haus at Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin.
A young woman with her legs spread wide; buttoned-up dressed workers on a city street. Photographs like these of intimate, private scenes juxtaposed against
snapshots of nameless passers-by were an early commentary on the heterogeneity of Japanese society. In 1973, Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki published
a series of image pairs showing life in Tokyo between 1969 and 1973 as a photo- graphic book. In their authenticity, these early works by Araki reveal a dysfunctional society, calling the social responsibility and moral sense of its members into question.
Nobuyoshi Araki is one of the most influential and widely discussed artists in the world whose work deals with nakedness, sexuality, and the body in a radical and realistic way. In these works, what is most surprising to the viewer is the photographer’s lack of distance and the familiarity of his gaze. Araki’s extreme closeness and intimacy with the subjects and the situations depicted are unique and revolutionary to this day. In contrast to classic photojournalism, which looks into an unfamiliar world from the outside, Araki not only is part of his subjects’ lives but also plays a central role in his own photographs, thus transcending voyeurism. He navigates the tense relationship between classical visual composition and his chosen visual themes with a direct, intense visual language, creating works that are in equal parts moving and unsettling and that set him apart from virtually all of his peers. His work concentrates on a sexuality that is lived out in complete openness. In depicting this, the artist never denounces or accuses, but instead leaves all inter- pretation up to the viewer. Together with US photographers Nan Goldin and Larry Clark and Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailow, Araki is considered one of the pioneers of intimate, subjective photography.
Curated by Felix Hoffmann, the exhibition Nobuyoshi Araki . Impossible Love—Vin- tage Photographs includes previously unpublished series of his early works, com- bined with a selection of his recent series Flower / Doll, Sky / Winds, and Polaroid collages. A catalog accompanying the exhibition will be published by Steidl Verlag, Göttingen.
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