Thursday, March 29, 2012


reporter: Miguel Dominguez

Stéphane Kossmann showing off his work

Designer and gallery owner Vanessa Noel, much appreciated in the art community for her promoting efforts, had a wonderful event on March 1st, at her shoe boutique, this time giving publicity to French photographer Stéphane Kossmann, who specializes in capturing the images of movie stars when he is not involved doing photo editorials in fashion magazines or working with high end clients.

Stéphane and Vanessa Noel

For the past 20 years, Kossmann has been covering the red carpet -”the steps”- at the Cannes Film Festival, initially for “7 a Paris”, the magazine that originally appointed him to cover the Cannes Film Festival, and later for “Cinephage” magazine, by taking black-and-white shots of celebrities and directors caught off-guard. During the festival in 2004 and 2005, several of these photos could be seen on 100-square-meter posters emblazoning buildings around Cannes as a token of appreciation for Kossmann’s work by the mayor and the city of Cannes.

Gennaro Pecchia, Art Program Associate at NYSCA, with Amy Cappeta

Michael Dean, Tamara Grove, Linda Morand, Sabine Brach and Darryl W. Gibbs

Ruth McDonald, Barbara Camp and Cece Cord

John A Selzer and Yasmina Benazzou flanking Stéphane

Pedro Almodovar, Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, and Robert de Niro, these are some of the many celebrities contained in the just-released book, “Observations sur les marches a Cannes,” produced by Sophie Lepeu. “You always see the same red carpet photos: the stars posing for the camera and the carpet behind. I wanted to capture the actor’s humanity, their faces and eyes,” says Kossmann, who uses the same type of camera, a wide aperture and no flash. The results are startling because of Kossmann’s whisper-soft technique and the way he brings out poignant beauty without ever retouching his pictures.

Pavan Uttam, Sahar Kandah, Arlene Aboitiz, Melanie Tan and Daisy Du, with Stéphane in the back

Kossmann’s portfolio of work includes 4 series: “Observations”, “Cross”, “Duo” and “Time”. He has also done editorial work for Elle, Vogue, Marie-Claire, Gala and Studio. Counted among his advertising clients are: Chopard, Nike, Harry Winston, Ralph Lauren and Galeries Lafayette.

Actress Chelsea Bulack perusing the "Observations" book
To see more photos of this event, CLICK HERE

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