About the photographer

Photographer Richard Vantielcke

Richard Vantielcke, photographer for real ?

My name is Richard Vantielcke and I ‘m a french freelance photographer living in Paris for the last decade.

I humblely :) define myself as a guardian of the legacy of surrealist painter Rene Magritte, whether in my work on urban photography, conceptual and narrative photography or selfportrait photography.

My photographic work focuses on the use of light and shadow and night photography to sublimate the everyday, by giving it a touch of mystery, strangeness, and weirdness sometimes …

Obsessed with the perfect mix between form and substance, my photographs stand out for its poetic, dreamlike often humorous approach, but always thoughtful in spite of appearances…

Narrative photography !

Narrative Photography
A successful photograph tells a story.

With digital cameras and photo editing, it is now easier to produce beautiful images, but it is much harder creating meaningful images within a personal and coherent universe.

A successful photograph must get a visceral impact on the viewer, it must catch his eyes, it must inspire him…

The aesthetic choices of composition, framing and lighting are involved in the development of what we want to show / tell / share : they are not the final goal of photography, just tools to achieve a “visual message.”

I prefer an imperfect photograph which illustrates nicely its subject, rather than a perfectly executed photograph, which has nothing to show but its technical qualities.

Cinephile from an early age, Richard Vantielcke has repeatedly tried a unique approach to narrative photography through “conceptual photo novels”, mixing narrative cinema and meaningful photographic framing construction to serve a story.

Why night photography ?

Night photography
Night and the city lights can reveal places that seem insignificant during the day. They can then become unusual, mysterious, disturbing or even spooky …
Night and darkness have a major psychological impact on our imagination. It is therefore to take advantage of this collective unconscious associated with the dark to give more scope for photographs.

Night photography can multiply the strength of graphic urban constructions, façades and building envelopes, portraits or even a single street. With shadows and lights, it is very easy to stage a character, setting the viewer on what we want it to look and overshadow what we want to hide it. Sometimes even the main issue of night photography is to hide more than to show: the viewer’s imagination do the rest.

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TV program on painter Edouard Manet on NHK – june 2010

Emission TV NHK - Edouard ManetFeaturing French photographer Richard Vantielcke, broadcasted on 6 and 16 June 2010 on NHK (Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai – Japanese public television).

Note : English subtitles are availables.

Camerapixo : Interview of the photographer / december 2010

Interview photographe Richard Vantielcke - Camerapixo (Décembre 2010)

Interview Camerapixo webzine, with a lot of illustrations of my work.

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