PHILIPPE ROBERT "Eroticism and the Beauty of the Body"
Biography:Philippe Robert is a French photographer born on June 24, 1953 in Lille. His work consists of portraits, fashion and advertising photographs. Graduated from the 32nd class of IDHEC (Institute of Advanced Film Studies), he left for Los Angeles where he continued his training in directing at the University of California (UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television) and did an internship in Hollywood on the set of The Postman Always Rings Twice by Bob Rafelson with Jack Nicholson. In the 1980s, he worked between Europe and the United States on film shoots. During this time, he met many people in the French television and American film industry. During this period, he began to take his first pictures by photographing the people he met. Turning to photography, he takes advantage of meetings with photographers close to the cinema and among them André Kertész whom he assists during his last series "Nouvelles Distorsions" (1984) in which the photographer returns to his legendary series of deformed nudes of 1933. Thanks to Philippe Garnier of Libération and Olivier Assayas, then a contributor to Cahiers du cinéma, he meets Tom Waits who is about to release his album with the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's film "Coup de cœur". Philippe Robert took a series of photographs of this artist which were later published in Spin magazine, a magazine of which Philippe Robert became a regular contributor. At the same time, if his photographs were already appearing in the French press (Libération), this first publication opened the pages of other American magazines, such as LA Weekly, Interview, Harpers Bazaar and the fashion supplement of the New York Times Magazine. From that time on, he devoted himself exclusively to photography. Philippe Robert lives in Paris and his photographic works are exhibited in numerous international galleries, contemporary art fairs and are part of private collections of great collectors.