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I contact

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on March 4, 2017

For street photographers, the exploration of new surroundings does not stop to exotic places and big city structures. It goes well beyond the decor and  always reach the line of cultural differences when it’s time to press the shutter. Of course each photographer will have it’s own approach, some are less “in your face” than others in their own body language and image making tactic, and that’s the part A of the equation. Part B is the interaction with the locals and their attitude towards photography. In my traveling experience, the southern of the hemisphere I went, the more the people were acutely “aware” of their immediate surroundings. Some clearly overreacted, and some other people were down right paranoid in regards to the motive of my photographic ventures. In some cases the explanation  that I was an artist just didn’t cut it… and I must admit that explaining why I took a photo of an intercom (at night) can sometime raise eyebrows.

Eye contact also varied greatly from one place to another. In Spain for instance, I felt that madrileños responded in keeping eye contact a lot longer than most of the other places I went, and much longer than the eye contact I can have in my own native town, Montreal where the contact is a lot shorter and less direct, in the context of street photography. In the end it’s always intriguing to see what can be attributed to the size of the city, to the culture, and to the photographer attitude. All the spices that makes street photography one of the most interesting way of seeing the world.

 Adios all!

3 button intercom, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau © /Millennium Images.

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Hammer is the Prayer book cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 23, 2017

While extremely busy preparing my last exhibition just before Christmas I didn’t post this interesting book where an image of mine illustrate this elegant cover jacket. The sober image is based on a digital file, where a black & white film profile was applied to simulate a specific tonal curve and grain characteristic. Even if the book was printed with grey ink, I have found that the result worked quite well in this particular case. The best of both world, the predictability of the digital combined with the soul of the film!

 

Hammer is The Prayer, selected poems by Christian Wiman. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jacket design by Na Kim. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

christian-wiman

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Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction”

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 21, 2017

I have been very fortunate to provide the images for Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction” first and the second edition of this reference book. This last one being the second edition.

Published by SAGE Publications Ltd. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

social-media

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Kathy Reichs – Fahr zur Hölle

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on March 29, 2016

My work appear on the front cover of Kathy Reichs novel “Fahr zur Höll ” published by the Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH.

Courtesy Millennium Images/Plainpicture.

 

Kathy Reichs

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Gaétan Charbonneau’s New Book Cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 17, 2015

Héloïse d’Ormesson edition has used one of Gaétan Charbonneau’s images on Marc Michel-Amadry upcoming novel. A second book cover from Héloïse d’Ormesson edition.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

Monsieur K

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The upcoming book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on August 17, 2013

Sage Publications is publishing this book with an image of mine on the cover, schedule to be released in December… were ahead! By Christian FuchsSocial Media a critical introduction“.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction

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New book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on April 29, 2013

Here is my last book cover image, in store June 13th. Always great to grace the front cover of a novel. Everytime feels like the first time!

Written by Lori Roy/Until She Comes Homes, published by Dutton, jacket design Jason Johnson.

 

Untill She Comes Home

 

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On nature images done in studio

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on October 4, 2012

I often find interesting highly conceptual nature images done with artificial light, from an artistic point of view. It is not only the stark contrast of nature vs controlled lighting and enhanced computer  imagery , it’s also the classic duality of nature vs artificial setting/urbanization that makes the idea more interesting when treated with this aesthetic point of view.

Adios all!

 

 

 

 

Roots, Lorraine, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau ©/Millennium Images.

 

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When less is more in graphic design: part two

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on September 20, 2010

Jonathan Franzen/Freiheit, published by Rowohlt. Image by Gaétan Charbonneau ©/Millennium Images.
Since I have been licensing my fine art images for book covers for as long as I can remember, I have always pointed out that in graphic design, less IS more.
I had a recent discussion with a graphic designer group on the Net, where I pointed how important the notion of “restraint” was. That keeping things simple was in the vast majority of cases, a much better option over using a ton of  graphic elements piled on top of one another, with sometimes, overly busy and unfortunate typo usages.  In fact, the only question to ask is: are all those graphic elements crucial to the jacket design?
If the response is NO, eliminating all the unnecessary will greatly simplify the reading of the cover, while making it at the same time a lot more punchy, something that is not a luxury once the book is seen on the Amazon.com Web page tiny thumbnails.  This jacket cover with an image of mine is the closest thing relating to a perfect book cover, and  one can hardly ask for more.
Simply put, this jacket is a poster child for effective book cover design.
Adios all!

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Art and the viewing context

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on August 28, 2010

The Subterranean, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau ©

 

Is Art now mostly created by the viewing context?
It is interesting to think about the criteria used to define an image as a work of art, or not. The continuous flow of images distributed over the internet has given me opportunity to reflect on this. What if a work of art was now simply the consequence of it’s viewing context?
Has anybody felt slightly uncomfortable seeing the image of a child dying from starvation, beautifully printed on chromogenic paper, framed and matted in a art show? Is this image of a dying child a true work of art?
I have seen images in art galleries that were both technically and aesthetically inferior to some of the images I have seen in specialized contemporary stock agency. If for example, the shinny close-up of a mouth, printed on glossy paper and delivered in the mail was instead framed and exhibited in a high profile museum, would this image be redefined as a work of art? Would it be better than some art in the museum own collection? In other words, can the same image be redefined based on where it is viewed? I guess so. It is therefore the intention behind the usage, and the viewing context that will create the work of art, not the image itself.
The notion of discovery will gradually become obsolete based on the instantaneous nature of the internet, making it impossible to determine who did what, first. It is quite possible that the criteria defining a work of art has completely changed, now more than ever, and that the existing remains of the19th century conception of a work of art is being challenged to become a thing of the past, once and for all.
Adios all

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