Philippe Hirou

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Europe / France / Toulouse

Photographer male
 
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Main d'argile, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Main d'argile, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

 
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Marie dénudée, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Marie dénudée, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

 
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Marie, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Marie, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

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Belinda, Arles, 2004 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Belinda, Arles, 2004 - © Philippe Hirou

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Le dos d'Elsa, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Le dos d'Elsa, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

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Les cheveux d'Elsa 3, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Les cheveux d'Elsa 3, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

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Tivie 1, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Tivie 1, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

Jean-François Bauret et Dorine, Arles, 2006 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Jean-François Bauret et Dorine, Arles, 2006 - © Philippe Hirou

Les cheveux d'Elsa, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Les cheveux d'Elsa, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

Traces, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Traces, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

Stéphanie, Arles, 2004 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Stéphanie, Arles, 2004 - © Philippe Hirou

Portrait de Marie, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Portrait de Marie, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

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Le gant, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Le gant, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

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Les cheveux d'Elsa 2, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Les cheveux d'Elsa 2, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

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Le bras d’Elsa, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Le bras d’Elsa, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

Née de la terre, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Née de la terre, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

Surprise d'argile, 2005 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Surprise d'argile, 2005 - © Philippe Hirou

Les seins d'Elsa, 2016 / Nude  photography by Photographer Philippe Hirou ★1 | STRKNG

Les seins d'Elsa, 2016 - © Philippe Hirou

2021-03-20 14:29 

Elsa's hair

A serie of nude portraits outside in natural light of an October day south-west of France.



2021-02-28 08:20 

In Arles with Lucien Clergue.



2021-02-20 15:59 

Marie in Colors

Marie has got a snake climbing on her arm and a strand of black hair on her eye.



2021-02-14 01:41 
Marie, woman of clay 1 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 1
Marie, woman of clay 2 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 2
Marie, woman of clay 3 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 3
Marie, woman of clay 4 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 4
Marie, woman of clay 5 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 5
Marie, woman of clay 6 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 6
Marie, woman of clay 7 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 7
Marie, woman of clay 8 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 8
Marie, woman of clay 9 / Nude
Marie, woman of clay 9

Marie in Black & White

I began to work with clay in 2000 and I named that "Women of clay".
This series was made in 2005. I wanted to catch pictures of movement, like in a dance, while Marie was dressing with clay and playing with her body and her image in the mirror.



2021-02-02 14:28 
Impression de danse I Limoges I 2006 / Performance
Impression de danse I Limoges I 2006
Les surfeurs I Zarautz I 2018 / Schwarz-weiss
Les surfeurs I Zarautz I 2018
Jeune garçon I Nientgal I 2005 / Portrait
Jeune garçon I Nientgal I 2005
Sang bleu I Toulouse I 2010 / Kreativ
Sang bleu I Toulouse I 2010
Roble fleurie I Lectoure I 2020 / Schwarz-weiss
Roble fleurie I Lectoure I 2020
Parking I Toulouse I 2015 / Stadtlandschaften
Parking I Toulouse I 2015
Sous-bois I Corrèze I 2004 / Landscapes
Sous-bois I Corrèze I 2004
Passants I San Sebastian I 2018 / Stadtlandschaften
Passants I San Sebastian I 2018

Black and White vs Color photography

I do love black&white photography and some people told me that I was used to do b&w with color photography. I didn't understand at first and I don't know if they are true. But that made me think about it.

It is true that the composition, the lines, in other words, the structure, is what strikes me most in a picture.
I went back to some of my images, and indeed I have often used false colors or striking ones like in this first picture of dance, with the contrasting red and blue. Obviously, contrast is a way to get highly structured pictures in b&w photography, like in the surfers' one with that heavy black suit in the front and middle of the picture. But I achieved a detached effect of the young boy in color with depth of field and the contrast between the rough colors behind and the unity of his skin.

The "sang bleu" (blue blood) picture (which is a french joke about noble people's blood, as I took this picture during a "give your blood" session) is probably mostly a b&w type photography. Well I do love the blue atmosphere and the blue square in the front, but it is not a colorful picture indeed, yet a highly structured one. Is it what they meant when telling me I did "b&w photography in color" ?

On the other hand, I really felt like having the "flowery dress" in b&w rather than in color because it seemed to me to be more striking with the reflection of the street and the black windows behind. And can't you see the colors of the flowers ? I remember Ansel Adams saying he achieved a far greater sense of color in black and white ! Well, I'm not sure I agree, but I do not miss the colours of these flowers.

The "car park" is probably another "almost b&w" picture. But in this one I do like the yellow sun like halo of light and I would certainly not have changed it to black and white even though its structure would have fit well. The "sous-bois"' is false colors. Perhaps it is not so important and could have it in b&w : the main topic is the flow of light in the opening in the distance, with the silhouettes of the trees. But I like the pale purple of the trunks in the front and the yellow-green of the grass and moss under the trees.

The last picture, the museum at sea front in San Sebastian, Spain, which I have named "passers by" is really a mere b&w picture for me. You can imagine the blue sky, ok, but I do not think it would get more interest. On the contrary colors would probably get this picture less striking with the contrasts between the building lines and the mustard sky and the people walking in the middle.

I let you appreciate these differences between b&w and color photography through these few examples and refer to your own practice. Let's think (and talk) about it !

Philippe



Philippe Hirou


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I have learned photography in workshops in Arles with Lucien Clergue and with Jean-François Bauret (author of the book "Nude Portraits"). I have worked also with Guy Delahaye, a dance photographer who took great pictures of Pina Baush, Carolyn Carlson and the Sankai Juku company.
They all led me from landscape photography, my first domain of interest, to people, portraits, nude and movement.
I like the works of Edward Weston, Man Ray, Edouard Boubat and Francesca Woodman.