Renaud Coilliot‘s street photographs of New York and Tokyo have a wonderful grainy aesthetic, shot on the hoof, moving, busy and understated. Coilliot has a fantastic eye for composition and structure and his use of the moment; light, reflections and movement give his pictures a timeless and universal quality. He gives the ordinary depth, imbues wonder in the everyday. Here’s what he has to say about his style:
I grew up, like a lot of my mates, fascinated by the US and especially by the city of New York, listening to all those flavours the big apple had to offer us and digging the aesthetic it has spread for decades, from Cro-Mags and The Warriors to Bruce Davidson and the amazing work of Saul leiter. As much I thought I knew it all by the magazines, tapes and books, i’m always amazed each time I land in the states and going from JFK airport to Manhattan or Brooklyn. That’s this constant amazingness that flood me every time I visit New York that I tried to burn onto film and develop in this series in progress.
I’ve only realised how many French photographers I’m posting up on this blog. I don’t know why. Perhaps it says something about the standard of French photograph or, more likely than not, the prevalence of street photography in France.