The Fashion Photographer Shares His Latest Series of Personal Moments
Birds roosting against a turquoise sky and a brooding portrait of a Doberman at the National Art School in Havana, Cuba, feature in this collection of images from Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Arnaud Pyvka. Joint-founder and now one of two publishers of respected French publication Double magazine, Pyvka has been consistently producing a rich body of personal work alongside working as an Art Director for major fashion brands like Maison Martin Margiela and Giorgio Armani perfumes. “These mediums help jolt my memory, interpreting time and everyday life in order to rebuild them, isolating them and playing with them in an another way,” explains the father of two. Carrying his treasured Leica with him at all times, Pyvka finds the work forms a visual diary of intimate encounters and breathtaking views of the natural world—always shot on film. “I prefer film because at first you don't see the picture; you don't know if you have it or not,” says Pyvka. “With digital you know straight away; with film it takes time. It's not an immediate high.”
Can you tell us a story behind one of the images?
The guy with the sunglasses on the bed is my assistant. We'd just arrived at a hotel in New York and he'd helped me with my suitcases. He wanted to try out the bed, as he thought it was his bed!
What about the dog?
That shot was taken in Cuba. I don't have any pets myself, but animals feature a lot in my work. I like that they're like humans, but they don't speak.
What part of photography do you enjoy the most?
The editing process. It's very difficult to describe; it's instinctive.
What's the most challenging aspect?
Sometimes you can feel like you've run out of inspiration, that you're not going to be able to take another good picture.
How would you describe your work in three words?
Intimate. Abstract. And nothing to tell.