International. Contemporary. Art.
Born 37 years ago in a Parisian suburb. Thierry started working as a consultant after engineer school in Paris. He has practised photography for around 10 years and have worked predominantly with film and discovered digital late on. He fell in love with street photography a few years ago when arriving in London and shoots mainly in monochrome as he enjoys the depth of black and white photography over colour. And we agree!
This is an interview with Thierry Durand, Artist of the Month July by Global Art Agency.
Hi Thierry, congratulations with becoming artist of the month for Global Art Agency! It’s our pleasure to have you on board. Your photography art looks very interesting are there any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to creating art?
Thank you for having me. I appreciate being Artist of the month and it’s been great to become part of GAA. In answer to your question, I always have in mind Bresson, Brassai, or Capa. More recently I was really astonished by the unknown work of Vivian Maier.
As contemporary photographer I’m particularly interested in Sebastiao dalgado and Michael Dweck work. Their black and white photos are a real source of inspiration.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
This is all linked to photography of course. The advice comes from a great English photographer I met in London: “Always print your work!”. In this digital age, we are used to see a lot of pictures through our screen. But we forgot how strong could be an image on paper.
What’s your favorite artwork, and why?
The long chair LC4 from Le Corbusier, that is for me the best example of industrial art, if that makes sense.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
This is very hard to say, I don’t remember so many things from my childhood, which was very simple. I would have said my first camera but I was already a teenager.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
This is coming from one of my friends who did tell me that my pictures where expressing, who I am, and what I am feeling, much more than I’m able to do it myself.
What superpower would you have and why?
I would have the ability to travel from a place to another with one click. I love travelling but not so much the journey, which is a waste of time and money.
What is your favorite or most inspirational place?
For now, I will say London. I’m still quite new around and this is a great place for street photography. You have always many things happening and so many different places and atmospheres.
What does art mean to you?
Art is for me the way to express ourselves, sometimes our own rage, sadness or happiness without damaging people around. Could be as well just a way to escape our reality.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I would say don’t give up, do what you like and don’t try to please the others. This should not make you richer but perhaps happier.
Thank you very much Thierry, it’s been great getting to know you!
To view and buy Thierry’s work please go to his Art Gallery space from Global Art Agency.