Grégoire Alexandre View on Christian Lacroix Archives

Almost 10 years ago we introduced you here the work on French photographer Gregoire Alexandre. Since then he shot for publications such as Wallpaper*, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The World of Hermés or GQ and advertising clients such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Issey Miyake and Nike amongst others. Here, we’d like to focus on this shoot where Alexandre captured the gorgeous Christian Lacroix archives.

In each of Alexandre’s photographs, the composition is the key element and clearly the photographer’s forte. By playing with different scales, light and dark, emptiness and clutter, natural and artificial objects, he creates sets that are like full-scale art installations, painstakingly put together for the final image.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that he must employ a bevy of brilliant retouchers, given how minutely theatrical so many of his photographs are. Rather than digital enhancement, alexandre uses traditional artifices to create his illusions and hence his photographs seem all the more poetic for their reality. A true artist.

Christian Lacroix describes grégoire alexandre’s photography as being like ‘contemporary poetry’. Equal parts installation artist, illusionist, set designer and, in Lacroix’s eyes, poet. The Parisian is certainly more than just a photographer…