Francois Boutemy's fascination with photography has grown into a daily occupation, a natural conclusion arising from a childhhood interest in the use of imagery as commentary on the World around him. In particular, becoming 'graphically literate' has perhaps evolved from Dyslexia, the aptitude and development of expression through visual images came far more naturally than translating meaning through written words, in this sense it is Francois' first language. Based in London, in residence at Simulacra Studio he is never short of subject matter and stimulation. Drawing on life experience, he has always been particularly taken with the challenge and inspiration of street photography - the beauty of capturing fragile and temporal moments, and portraying them through an abstracted lens never fails to satisfy. Recently though, he has pushed himself in new directions, collaborating with other artists on a graphic novel project and co-creating 'Contact Sheet', an Online Gallery, monthly printed publication and exhibition concept in one.
Recurring partnerships exist with with Bassline Circus, Akademi and Discombobulated and Me, a young British Theatre company. Francois documents live shows as well as rehearsals with each of these companies, providing a wealth of material for the group publicity archive. Ongoing documentary photography with Punk band Inner Terrestrials catalogues a history of at least 10 years on the road, his close connections with the band allow the viewer to be taken through scenarios that would otherwise be lost to memory.
Francois is currently working on several new books; Words and Pictures (Released), The Fetish Cookbook and Photo Strip. Already in print are, Made in England (2000) and Lomosexual: A Tribute to L.O.M.O. Cameras (2007), both publications are available for purchase here, and have proved highly popular with those who have come across them.
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