France – Paris
Behind Emmanuel Boum’s lens, there is a great sensitivity nourished by stories from his childhood and references to art that invite the viewer to discover poetic and amusing photographs playing between black and white, pop colors, and vintage for a journey through time.
Painter, athlete, producer, art director, and photographer, the French artist has many strings to his bow and manages to capture the complexity and naivety of society in the space of a moment through a game of poses and looks. But with Emmanuel Boum, the viewer can find several ways of reading the work. To a delicately constructed image, the artist can mix tales ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Sleeping Beauty through the myth of the Child King and the passage from childhood to adulthood.
For example, his latest project, “Like a prayer,” is a spiritual journey to a Trinity that makes our prayers and dreams come true. “Every project I do is a story that I would like to share with the audience. I focus mainly on creating emotional characters with their strength, weakness, fear, and joy,” as Emmanuel Boum explains.
He draws his inspiration from Dutch painting, neoclassicism, impressionism, and cubism, but also from more contemporary artists, such as Yayoi Kusama, Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki, and even the cinema and stories of his childhood. From this cultural mix, Emmanuel Boum draws the essence that he then re-transcribes in his photographs.