Iris Alba

Iris Alba is a 28 years old and self-educated French photographer. He lives in the south of France. In his series “YoungT5″, he performs variations around naked young women, portraying them in a very frontal and simple way . His work, polaroid and silver, explores the surface of bodies and things, between fashion and raw reportage.

KALTBLUT: What does photography mean to you?

Iris: I’d respond by quoting the plastician and filmaker Stan Brakhage : “Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of ‘Green’?

How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word.”

KALTBLUT: What would you love to shoot and what would you never shoot?

Iris: I’d love to shoot God all naked and I will never shoot something that I don’t want to.


KALTBLUT: How does photography influence your daily life?

Iris: I take pictures only at certain moments, like little rituals. But I have images trotting in my head all the time. It occupies me when I’m bored.

KALTBLUT: Where do you get inspiration from?

Iris: I have very diverse influences, in literature, painting, etc.. In photography I admire people who believe in what they see, and take things head-on, without lying. I think the deepest poetry comes in a form of rawness. People as different as Guy Bourdin, Mario Giacomelli, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Daido Moriyama and Araki.

Interview by Emma E. K. Jones


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