Alain Laboile

Biografia

Alain Laboile è nato a Bordeaux il 1° maggio del 1968. La storia raccontata dalle fotografie di Alain Laboile si dipana in un mondo in bianco e nero fatto di volti, di gesti, dell’istante quotidiano, di famiglia che non è solo affetti, ma ispirazione, ogni fotogramma custodisce il ricordo, e tracima senza velature della vitalità e della leggerezza di quel tempo senza tempo che è l’infanzia. Immagini spensierate, spontanee, non posate, dei ragazzi mentre giocano in casa o all’aperto, a stretto contatto con la natura.
Quello di Laboile è uno stile unico ed espressivo, attraverso un monocromatismo morbido, dalle sfumature avvolgenti e ovattate che ingannano la fugacità della fanciullezza, che esaltano le luci e le ombre, le forme, le linee, la trama delle superfici, le pose e i movimenti. Nel dicembre del 2012, il talento di Laboile è stato celebrato dal New York Times che ha pubblicato le sue fotografie. Da allora il suo lavoro è stato esposto in Giappone, negli Stati Uniti, in Olanda, in Argentina ed in Francia dove espone spesso a Parigi. Kehrer Verlag, uno dei più grandi editori d’arte tedeschi, gli ha dedicato una monografia nel 2015. Il grande fotografo americano Jock Sturges lo decreta tra i migliori fotografi viventi.
Oggi le fotografie di Alain Laboile hanno una loro collocazione nella tradizione storica della fotografia familiare e, dal 2014, fanno parte della collezione permanente del Musée Français de la Photographie a Bièvres, in Francia.

Biography

Wrought-iron craftsman, photographer and father to six children, Alain Laboile (b.Bordeaux, 1968) started a family album in 2007, at the age of 39. His “La Famille” series was, at first, a private treasure. This self-taught photographer who only possesses one picture of his own childhood simply wished to record the passing of time with his family.
The family album quickly goes beyond the private setting and seduces the web. Tens of thousands of internet users all over the world await, daily, the new images of this French “tribe” insolently living on the edge of the world. In December 2012, the New York Times celebrates Alain Laboile’s talent. The first shows ensue in Japan and the United States, then in France in 2014 when the “La Famille” series joined the Musée français de la photographie collection.
Alain Laboile’s work was since published several times and exhibited worldwide.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
Upcoming Solo show: 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery, Milano (Italy).
Upcoming Collective show : Confrontations photos Gex (France).
Upcoming Solo show: Leica Store Miami.
Collective exhibition Festival 360° Dijon (France) September-December.
Solo show Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Collective show «Manger à l’oeil», MUCEM, Marseille.
Collective show «Le portrait» at Espace culturel Condorcet, Viry Chatillon.
Collective show Festival Terres de Bretagne, Dol de Bretagne (France).
Collective show «Young Forever Young» Cultural Center Hasselt.(NBetherlands).
Solo show Leica Gallery Sao Paulo.
Collective show «Familia para desarmar» Centro cultural Parque España, Rosario, (Argentina).
Solo show Photo Festival Budapest (Hungary).

2017
Group show Festival Présence Montélimar (France).
Group show Foto Art Festival Bielsko Biala (Poland).
Solo show at galerie Fontaine Obscure Aix en Provence (France).
“Grayscale” Group show at Torch Gallery, Amsterdam.
Show at Festival Watou Belgium.
Show at Rencontres de Castelfranc France.
Show at Photometria Festival Ioannina, Greece.
Show at Museo dell’ alto tavoliere San Severo, Italy.
Show at La 4ème Image Paris.
“Classics”, Group show at Leica Gallery Sao Paulo Brazil.
“Un parfum de bonheur, Alain Laboile- France Demay”, Show at Maison des arts de Créteil.
France.

2016
Exhibition at Umbria World Fest Foligno, Italy.
Exhibition curated by Central Dupon Gare SNCF, Bordeaux.
Workshop with Leica France, at Rencontres D’Arles.
Solo show at Leica Gallery, Sao Paulo.
“Familia, Modelo para desarmar” Collective show at Galeria Artexarte, Buenos Aires.
“Aux frontières de l’intime” Group show at L’AGORA, scène nationale d’Evry.
Solo show at the Centre Céramique, Maastricht.

2015
Exhibition at Unseen photo fair with the Torch Gallery, Amsterdam.
Solo show La Tribu at Galerie Intervalle, Paris.
Group show Les Estivales Photographiques du Trégor at L’imagerie, Lannion, France.
Solo show at the Médiathèque André Labarrère, Pau, France.
Solo show at La Passerelle Scène nationale de Gap, France.

2014
Collective exhibition “Aux frontières de l’intime” at the Musée Français de le Photographie,Paris.
Solo show at the Kunstnetzwerk Gallery à Vienne, Autriche.
Group show for the PX3 Paris Photo Prize in L’espace Beaurepaire Paris.
Group show for FINI 2014 at the Centro Cultural Universitario “La Garza”, in Pachuca,Mexico.
Solo show at the Librairie Photographique Le 29, in Paris, France.
Group show “I Adore Photographs” at the JIRO MIURA GALLERY, Tokyo.
Group show for VIPA 2013 at the Kunstnetzwerk gallery, in Austria.

2013
Solo show at the dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Exhibition at the Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi.
Solo show at the JIRO MIURA GALLERY, Tokyo.
Group show at Art Osaka, in Japan.
Alain Laboile & Jock Sturges, Lecture at University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, WA.

2012
Exhibition at the Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

In France, “La Famille” is part of the permanent collection of the French Museum of Photography, in Bièvres.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018
Upcoming Summer of the fawn, Kehrer Verlag
Aurores, Be Spoke collection Editions Bessard

2017
La dispute, Les Arènes
Quotidian, Duncan Meeder

2015
Under the Monochrome Rainbow, Duncan Meeder
At the edge of the world, Kehrer Verlag

2014
Family, Zine collection, Editions Bessard

2012
En attendant le facteur, Knoware

 

SELECTED PRESS

Snoecks Magazine, Alain Laboile By Annelies A.A. Vanbelle. 2017

The SUN Magazine, Where The Wild Things Are February 2016.

Erik Vroons GUP Magazine special edition Alain Laboile, September 2015.

“Party of eight! Photographer father reveals lovingly taken images charting his six children growing up and the heartwarming chaos left in their wake”. Daily Mail, March 15, 2014.

“Interview with Russel Joslin.” SHOTS(N°120 – Summer 2013)

Jeff Swartz. “A World Reflected: Alain Laboile”, ABC News, February 1, 2013.

Daphnée Denis. “A Family’s Fantasy World Reflected in the Water”, Slate, January 24, 2013.

Kerri MacDonald. “Capturing a Childhood Idyll in France”, The New York Times, December 27, 2012.

Aline Smithson/ Jacqueline Roberts. LensCracht Europe week, November 14, 2012.

Victoria Scoffier. “Jeux de mains, jeux de lutins.”6mois, N°4, Autumn 2012