Celebrity Photographer Stéphane Kossman
Nikki Beach Cannes Film Festival 2012
Exclusive Event at Nikki Beach Cannes: Meet and Greet Celebrity Photographer Stéphane Kossmann on the launch of his book “Black and White Carpet”
On May 17th 2012, the one and only Nikki Beach La Terrasse, invites you for a meet and greet cocktail event celebrating the book launch of one of Cannes film festivals most beloved talents, Stéphane Kossman. For the past 25 years Kossman has been a Cannes red carpet resident and renowned photographer to the stars. His candid black and white images have earned him international recognition and placement in some of the world’s most curated events. His book titled “Black and White Carpet” is a collection of some of his greatest work, capturing some of Hollywood’s greats in their most natural state.
Event will open its doors at 10 PM on La Terrasse situated on the rooftop of Palais Stephanie, JW Marriott Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. To RSVP or request more information contact us at [email protected]
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ABOUT STÉPHANE KOSSMANN
Stéphane Kossmann was born in Tours (France) of Franco-German parents. He learned the secrets of the profession by working in a photo-processing laboratory, before enrolling in a course at the Rencontres internationales de la photographie in Arles. There, he experienced a renewed enthu- siasm and appreciation for photography and was introduced to world-renowned photographer Peter Knapp. This was a turning point in his career which led him to work for 7 à Paris magazine. In 1989, the magazine appointed him to cover the Cannes Film Festival.
For the past 25 years, Stéphane has been covering the red carpet –“the steps”– for magazines and famous brands 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-meters posters, emblazoning buildings around Cannes, as a token of appreciation by the mayor and the city of Cannes.
And 110 more –of Pedro Almodóvar, Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman and Robert de Niro– were contained in a book, Observations sur les marches à 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 actors’ humanity, their faces and eyes”, says Stéphane, who uses the same type of camera, a wide aperture and no flash. The results are startling because of Stéphane’s whisper- soft technique and the way he brings out poignant beauty without ever retouching his pictures. Influenced by the classics of photography and painting, in particular Albert Watson, Rembrandt and Mark Rothko, Stéphane plays with the light, the lines and forms of the human body. His unique style and discriminating ability to capture the decisive moment, expression and emotion of his subject has earned him an international reputation and has been the subject of several exhi- bitions (the Paris Month of Photography organized by La Maison européene de la photographie, exhibit in Madrid of 24 pictures at the FNAC building, giant exhibit in Deauville with 120 portraits displayed in the city streets).
He has also done editorial work for Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, Gala and Studio. Counted among his advertising clients are: Chopard, Nike, Harry Winston and Ralph Lauren. Stéphane Kossmann shares his time between New York and France, pursuing his freelance career. In 2009, he founded, with the French photographer François-Xavier Emery, the Photo Festival Les Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert in Provence, France.
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