Roberto Bolle by Julien Bernhamou
Julien Benhamou is a photographer like no other. He started snapping away as a teenager, and was immediately drawn to portrait photography, using family and friends as his subjects. After a period of formal training, he became the assistant to serial snappers Valérie Belin and François Rousseau. He has a passion for photographing artists of all kinds. His style is crisp and vibrant which makes him an automatic choice for editorials and billboards. His precise and detailed approach could easily make the resulting photos uncommunicative, yet while his work has the sumptuousness of a fashion shoot, it always says something about the subject, essential when his models are professional communicators such as Paris Opera Ballet director Benjamin Millepied. As a matter of fact, after working on a series of portraits of dancers exhibited at Ministère de la Culture in Paris, he focused on capturing dancers. Lots of dancers. Dancers are unique in that they have the poise and fluidity of movement of a fashion model -much better than most fashion models actually. "They are not only interested in being beautiful in pictures, they want the final product to be creative, the image strong or unusual somehow. That creates a bigger challenge. It is not the case with some other models for whom the most important thing is to be shown at their best", said the photographer.