Born in 1988, my name is Maxime Fardeau and I currently live in Paris. Self-taught photographer, I explore the vaste world of analogue photography, developing all my pictures myself, at home. Instant photography represents a major part of my work as I like the simplicity of the process and its authenticity. The pictures come out as they are, unaltered, no filter. A Polaroid is sensitive not only to the subject it’s looking at but also to its environment such as temperature or light. The Polaroid becomes a witness of a moment, of a feeling and a past moment forever gone.
Street photographers like Saul Leiter, Garry Winogrand or Vivian Maier are my day-to-day inspirations. Akiko Takizawa’s or Shoji Ueda’s work represent well the current mood I’m in currently and the direction I want to give to my photography.
To me, photography is just an endless pursuit to slow life down and to stretch short moments of happiness. A photographer’s job is simply to reveal his/her own vision of beauty to the world, isn’t it?
With the pseudo “Max & Paula”, I share my photographic experiments (mostly Polaroids) on Tumblr. Go check it out!
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- Interview “Maxime Fardeau short stories” on Impossible Magazine : https://magazine.the-impossible-project.com/maxime-fardeau-short-stories/
- Article on Oeil de la photographie about the exhibition “De bois, de fer” at La Lanterne gallery, Paris : http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/fr/event/de-bois-et-de-fer-de-maxime-fardeau/
- Interview Lomography magazine : https://www.lomography.fr/magazine/316563-lomo-instant-amigo-maxime-fardeau
- Second interview Lomography magazine : https://www.lomography.fr/magazine/317978-premieres-impressions-jupiter-3-objectif-lomography-maxime-fardeau