Julien is a photographer based in Paris. Rare are the photographers able to respond to the requests of a very varied client base ranging from Chanel to Hermes, from Vanity Fair to the New York Times, from Infine records to Opera de Paris. Nowadays, Julien devotes a lot of his time to his own personal work and study, represented by Galerie Intervalle, his most recent exhibition is entitled Screenlove (it relates to the theme of intimacy through the prism of voyeurism on the Internet), his work got shown at Unseen in Amsterdam and will be shown at the 2019 edition of Art Paris, previous works are in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée Nicéphore Niepce and Leica Foundation collections.
What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?
This is a classic one, Dirty Windows by Merry Alpern, I'm into voyeurism this time and while talking with Simon Baker (director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie) he told me about this incredible work. We went to the exhibition together. Then I've discovered the work of Merry. By her window, she can describe a sample of NY City 80's : she shot the bathroom of a prostitute's flat. It's always the same frame, the same neon light, but each scene is different. I really fall in love with this work.
My favorite books of all time is Praise of Shadows by Junichirô Tanizaki, and Le Zen dans l'art chevaleresque du tir à l'arc by Eugen Herrigel. With these two books, you talking about light and instant, fundamental in photography, but also in life. I can come back to this book often and always find something different.
Most visited blogs, websites?
I'm addicted to NTS Live. This is where I found inspiration and new fresh music. This is endless.
Screen Love questions our relationship with voyeurism. Julien Mignot takes a close look at his computer screen connected to sexy webcam. With a Leica camera, the artist produces adeliberately fuzzy and incomplete picture. By approaching the bodies to the point of drowning the pixels, it distorts the image of very real scenes. The snapshot of raw intimacy is wrapped in a digital sfumato that gives tenderness a chance to escape the screen. The image floats in this monolith. In its slice, it disappears, disconnects and sends us back to the emptiness of the digital relationship.
What apps do you use the most and why?
Instagram probably... because this is still in the air. Before something new comes around.
Whats currently on your playlist?
This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads
Save Me - Boy Harsher
How Can You Say It - Gloria Ann Taylor
Solo - Franck Ocean
I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Baby - Ariel Pink
Kevin Morby - Harlem River
Both Sides - Jeanne Added
In Dinawerke - טובה בן צבי
Espinita (feat. Macaco el Mono Loco) - Banda Ionica
Noir de Monde - Alain Bashung
What records would you recommend to hear?
Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?
Matthias & Maxime by Xavier Dolan. I've just seen it in Cannes and this is probably one of his best. Back to basics, you laugh you cry, this is just about life.
Everybody should watch The Tree Of Life by Terence Malick.
Which artists working today do you admire most?
Probably Edouard Taufenbach because we are close friends. But I have to confess, Richard Serra is talking to my soul. A piece of still in a room and your entire body is vibrating. You became a part of this piece. It contents small atoms of elements and the entire universe in the same space. That something I can feel with Soulages too.
What are some of your tv top tips right now?
I'm sorry I have nothing to say about TV. I just watch sometimes Will Ferrell on YouTube and that's it. Even if Bouroullec's brother have made a nice one. I'm allergic on TV.
Who are you following?
Actually more than 2.000 people on Instagram. I can't detail all of them. But mostly magazines, photographers I like and inspires me, some dancers and activists also.
Between 2008 and 2016, once a month for 96 months, Julien Mignot selected an image taken on his photographic journeys. 96 months was created out of those disparate pieces that together form an intimate puzzle.
What tools do you use in your work?
You gonna be disappointed, I only use a Leica and that's it. A Leica, 50mm or 21mm and I can do everything.
What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?
As a regular press addict, I read NYTimes and Le Monde and their magazines. In France there is also Society and Vanity Fair. And a bunch of new fashion magazines for inspiration. I also read a lot online on different blogs about ecology.
What are your favorite gadgets?
I use an old camera, an old car, maybe I'm too old for what is new. I love my Leica camera, I can't ride anything else than my Jaguar XJS and if I was not writing an interview on my keyboard, I'll answer you with a Cross pen. In my pocket, there is an S.T. Dupont. All of this is timeless and it's not gadgets.