Biography

He initially aimed to study humanities and social sciences before turning towards drawing and painting. In Montparnasse, he was introduced by the actor Michel Simon to Henry Miller who advised him to devote himself to photography. This meeting is a key moment in his career.

 

He then worked with the ethnologist Robert Jaulin and traveled through Asia, Central Europe, Cuba, Jamaica and, particularly, the United States.

 

In the early ’90s, he joined the humanistic photography movement (especially Willy Ronis he met very often) and later designed his proper framework by choosing strong themes like daily life italian summer.

 

In 2006 is created the Kiki of Paris Committee, a society whose aim to promote the work of the artist and to deliver authenticity certificates.

 

Kiki of Paris is a member of the ADAGP.

 

The melancholy of Kiki of Paris

The yellow taxi that you can see in the photo called Key West had just set him down by the side of a long road outside Miami. The strange nature of this shot is intriguing. You can see in it whatever you want to see, but there is definitely something, sad, languid, lonely about that day, with the taxi disappearing into the heat and the humidity; he felt abandoned, orphaned, alone in the world.

At the heart of the matter, the artist photographs what is abstract. In the work entitled “The Last Ride” the fairground ride is going round for the last time in the day. The passengers are self-confident; a slim, good-looking man like a lead soldier is operating the ride. He looks something like the Last of the Mohicans; the photographer reflects on the passing of time. Although this photo uses the contemporary style and taste for kitsch and popular culture, its romantic side adds to the interest.

 

Kiki of Paris has produced a relatively limited portfolio of work. He destroys many of his pictures. Sometimes he even loses them.

 

He sometimes uses recomposed pictures as well, as in the series entitled Polymorphous Structures. He aims for a meaning that is thoughtful and intended; he produces a carefully constructed image, an allegory: Ulysses, Adios Queens, the Sacrifice of the Cockerel, The Messenger…

 

Desolation Canyon assembles a group of three people that the artist photographed in Charleroi and “moved” to the famous American landscape of Death Valley.

 

The photographs of Kiki of Paris bear witness to his positive subjectivity, his vision of the world, his love of ordinary people, of popular festivals, and of the comic side of street life… Loulou, a French dog crossing the road only on pedestrian crossings just to please his mistress, a war widow, the spontaneous smile of a young girl in The Prague majorettes…

 

Far from any mere attempt at seduction, his camera captures intimate moments between people and things.

art-price-kop-For more than 15 years, prints have been regularly auctioned in cataloged sales, in France and abroad,

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