“I use old photographic printing processes such as gum bichromate. The temporality and the implementation required to obtain an image place the report to photography into something more sculptural.” Mustapha Azeroual Photography
Mustapha Azeroual (born in 1979) is a contemporary photographer from France. He’s self-taught when it comes to photography. For Mustapha Azeroual photography is a means “to transport the viewer into left unsaid or unformulated places”.
Artist statement: “My work is an experimentation of a number of photographic practices and the specific problems those different techniques raise.”
Mustapha Azeroual, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
It’s after a sequence of encounters that I decided to become a photographer.
I use photography as an element of language, which has the ability to transport the viewer into left unsaid or unformulated places.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
My approach is typically abstract. I try to blur the links between the sensory experience of shooting and the object presented.
By the loss of details during the successive phases of creation that led to the emergence of the pattern.
“You never know if the print will appear as desired before the end of the process which can take up to ten days.”
I use old photographic printing processes such as gum bichromate. The temporality and the implementation required to obtain an image place the report to photography into something more sculptural – even more, away from the snapshot.
You never know if the print will appear as desired before the end of the process which can take up to ten days.
This results in a unique piece, loaded of gestures and intention that I wouldn’t be able to reproduce again.
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Which photographer has inspired you most?
“I’ve always been more attracted by other mediums than photography as we can see today.”
Rare photographers that inspired me are Alfred Stieglitz for his equivalents series and gum bichromate, and the photographic work of Moholy-Nagy and the constructivist movement.
But I’ve always been more attracted by other mediums than photography as we can see today. I’m also touched by the work of Masao Yamamoto who does installations and creates real photographic objects.
My inspiration rather comes from sensations that trigger to me paintings from masters such as Friedrich or Richter.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I use different types of cameras to suit my needs, some of my early works have been performed with pinhole, I also use a 4×5 inch view camera, 6×6 Hasselblad camera or not at all when I work on photograms.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I do not follow any website about photography but yours is cool!
What book about photography would you recommend?
Some of the books that have brought to me photography:
Susan Sontag “On Photography”. Her report to the sensitive in the image.
Rosalind Krauss “The Photographic”. It’s one of the books that have counted in the construction of my conceptual photographic approach.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy “Painting, Photography, and Film”. The experimental and interdisciplinary approach of Moholy-Nagy entered in echo with my sensitivity and my approach.
More information about conceptual photographer Mustapha Azeroual
Official homepage “Mustapha Azeroual Photography”: www.azeroualmustapha.com