Specialized in portraiture and fashion photography, Paris-based French photographer Marc Lamey has received much acclaim for his originality and quality of work. Lamey’s diverse projects have been published in a number of French Magazines, including Compétence Photo, Résponse Photo or the Popular Photography Magazine in the USA. For more about Marc Lamey, check out the interview below and visit his website www.marclamey.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am a French photographer based in Paris, France focusing on portraiture, fashion and conceptual photography.
Whom do you look up to?
From Man-ray to Helmut Newton, nowaydays, I’m looking at Denis Rouvre for portraiture, Rankin and Bourdin for fashion and Tim Walker for new ways.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
I was lucky enough to get published very early on in my career and to receive useful feedback from chief editors regarding my work and approach. However, without doubt Music is the most influencial factor of my work.
What was your favourite project and why?
Of course the next project is aways the favorite one; I would say the most challenging was the one involving a team of 10 models, and a crew of 10 people, including fire-eaters, firefighters, MUA, body painting and smoke. It’s been the project I remember being most nervous at with adrenaline rushing through my veins. Luckily it ended in a big accomplishment.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is hard to define; I would say we cannot impose creativity, it comes as a gift; Creativity is like experience, it is personal and cannot be referred to as “status quo”.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Listen, but follow and implement your ideas. You will learn more by experimenting and trying out on your ideas. It is very difficult to make a living from Art but Art is worth any effort.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult” (by Lucius Annaeus Seneca).
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Could it be better? Can I disrupt my current path with other ideas while continuing several projects at the same time?
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
The lottery numbers I appreciate the learning process and experiences I’ve made, so I haven’t got such a wish.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
No, definitively not; Photography is my second lung in life.
All images © Marc Lamey