Graduated from Les Beaux-Arts,Manuel Braun is a Swiss-French photographer, born in Geneva in 1980, whose work focuses on portraiture and fashion.
His portraits of artists, writers,philosophers, politicians, and designers, published in the most famous French and InternationalMagazines reveals a cinematographic approach of photography, with a technical mastery of the light and atmospheres.
Beyond the portrait, Manuel Braun is also captivated by the electric atmosphere of the Catwalks, where he loves to capture colors,materials, dynamics and bold silhouettes.
Manuel Braun also carries out personal projects. In his residency at the French Institute of Egypt in Alexandria, he carries out a photographic project in collaboration with Jean-Paul Méhansio, an Ivorian contemporary dancer. « Alexandria on stage »a dreamlike story of a city in perpetual metamorphosis. In Paris, he carried out several projects on societal issues such as the inter-generational issue in the project «Hier ce sera mieux». This project combines sound and image in a short film. Then, « En corps et encore », a series about old people that still love each other. He also works on gender issues, with his project "T-Girls", a series of portraits of transgender people coupled with interviews, shown in the Arles Photography Festival in 2018.
Alexandrie en scènes (2014)
Having come to Alexandria in search of a new inspiration and newsubjects, like the painters of the 19th century attracted by the lightof the Orient, Manuel Braun found on the spot the Ivorian dancerJean-Paul Méhansio, himself at the search for other choreographicpractices in a country whose cultural identity oscillates between itsAfrican roots and its Mediterranean openness.
From this meeting was born a crossing of the unusual city, far fromthe images of postcards, in places sometimes abandoned,neglected and unknown to the Alexandrines themselves, whoseeye of the photographer reveals the strange beauty.
How to appropriate spaces, to inhabit them, to make them visiblewhen one is here in transit, foreigners, sometimes disoriented, andin what way this otherness makes it possible to renew a vision of acity which is continually the subject of literary representation andaesthetic?
The series races this artistic and human adventure through imagesthat construct a dreamlike, unusual and mysterious story of a cityin perpetual metamorphosis, whose plasticity offers the artists' duoa freedom of movement and a unique look.
Sometimes close to the religious scene with its inverted blackchrists, its suffering Saints Sebastian and its infernal creatures,sometimes close to the aesthetics of urban dance with its jumpsand improvised postures, these highly pictorial images form realpaintings composing the portrait of a city that is both timeless andmoving.