Laurent Elie Badessi

Laurent Elie Badessi

New York, NY, United States

About Laurent Elie Badessi

Laurent Elie Badessi is a Franco American fine art photographer born in France. He belongs to a family with three generations of photographers. From an early age, this enabled him to explore and appreciate the art of photography.

After studying language and communication sciences at Université des Lettres d’Avignon, Badessi enrolled in a photography course at Université de Paris VIII. Curious about the psychological aspect in the interaction that occurs between a photographer and his sitter during a photo session, he decided to base his M.A. thesis on that subject. To explore this phenomenon further, he used the technique of “La photographie négociée” (The Negotiated Photography) and spent several months in Niger, Africa taking photographs of isolated tribes that had never (or very rarely) been exposed to the medium. For this project titled “Ethnological Fashion Photography”, he received the prominent “Bourse de l’aventure” (The Adventure Grant) among several other grants and awards.

Badessi started his career in Paris and continued working abroad before moving to the United States in the early 1990s.

After spending ten years focusing on the human figure, Badessi’s work SKIN, which was compiled in a book of the same name, was internationally released in early 2000 by the prestigious Swiss publisher Edition Stemmle. The book contains introduction by Sondra Gilman, Founder and Chairperson of the photography committee at the Whitney Museum.

In 2004, Badessi was chosen by the company Charles Jourdan to produce a series of photographs for their advertising campaign. Because of the emblematic relationship between the medium of photography and this brand, Badessi accepted the project. Like photographer Guy Bourdin, who helped build that relationship thanks to his iconic images, Badessi was also given carte blanche. To bring his own vision to life, he played with fetishism and mythological symbolism. He created memorable visuals that are in the permanent collection of Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Louvre.

At the peak of the American war in Iraq, Badessi created American Dream, This is not a dream (2006), a powerful series of portraits based on the propagandist campaigns elaborated by the army to attract new recruits during the war. In 2011 American Dream, This is not a dream was selected for the prestigious “Arte Laguna Prize” and shown at the Venice Arsenale.

Innocence (2009-Present) and Dreaming Marilyns (2012-13) followed. Like American Dream, This is not a dream they both explore “the fragility of life”, an important topic in his work.

Badessi uses symbolism, mythology, and historical and cultural references to create his images. The study of the interaction between him “the photographer” and his subject “the sitter”, and the exploration of the impact of photography on people, are both fundamental vectors in his artistic quest. His work often addresses subtle and relevant questions on social, political, and cultural issues, such as the relationship with nudity, religion, war or the environment.

Badessi’s photographs are part of many important private and public collections. He has received several prestigious awards, including a grant from French Department of Cultural Affairs for his Paris show “Métamorphoses”. In 2013, his photograph The Tree of Love (2012) shot for the Anne Fontaine Foundation was selected as the main image of the “Trees in Focus” exhibition and auction at Sotheby’s New York.

Solo and group shows of his work have taken place around the world in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Kuwait City, Beijing, Monaco and Dubai.

Badessi lives and works in New York City.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS : The Sondra Gilman Collection, Sir Elton John Collection, The Buhl Collection, The Danforth Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Fl., Bibliothèque Nationale de France Paris, Barry Diller, Paul Getty, Dr. Pier-Luigi Gibelli, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Pierre Cardin, Bloomingdale’s, Saks...

www.badessi.com

Education

Université de PARIS VIII, Paris, France
M.A. in Photography, Graduated with Honors, 1991

Université de lettres, Avignon, France
Degree in Communication and Sciences of Language, 1986

Events

June 2015 - Art Miami New York, Blank Space, New York (Group exhibition)

May 2015 - Fragments of Innocence, Blank Space, New York (Solo exhibition)

March 2014 - "Trees in Focus", Anne Fontaine Foundation, Sotheby’s, Paris (group show)

Dec 2013 - Miami Art Basel - Art Miami
"TInnocence" presented through Scott White Contemporary (group show)

Exhibitions


Born, Avignon, France
Lives and works in the US since 1991
French-American

Education

M.A. in Photography, Graduated with Honors, 1991
Université de PARIS VIII, Paris, France

Degree in Communication and Sciences of Language, 1986
Université de lettres, Avignon, France

Monograph

SKIN, with a foreword by Sondra Gilman (Founder and Chairperson of the photography department at the Whitney Museum), Edition Stemmle, 2000

Selected Awards and Grants

2011
Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists, Arsenal, Venice, Italy “American Dream, This is not a Dream”

Hasselblad Award, Sweden “American Dream, This is not a Dream”

5th Annual Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards, UK “American Dream, This is not a Dream”

2004
Humanity Photo Award, Beijing, China “Ethnik”

1996
Department of Cultural Affairs, Grant, France “Metamorphosis - Skin”

1994
Kodak, Grant, France “Skin”

1988
Fuji Color, VSD, France-Inter, Bourse de l’Aventure, Grant, France “Ethological Fashion Photography – Ethnik”

1988
Kodak, Grant, France

1987
Fuji Color, Grant, France


Selected exhibitions

2015

Art Miami New York, Blank Space, New York (Group exhibition)

Fragments of Innocence, Blank Space, New York (Solo exhibition)

The Classical elements: A Photographic Interpretation, Kinfolk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group exhibition)

Photo LA, Scott White Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Group exhibition)

2014

The Road to Elysium, Heist Gallery, London, UK (Group exhibition)

Objectif Arbres, Anne Fontaine Foundation, Sotheby’s, Paris (Group exhibition - Auction)

2013

Art Miami, Scott White Contemporary Art, in coordination with Art Basel Miami (Group exhibition)

Cloud 9, The Sultan Gallery in collaboration with Dean Project New York, Kuwait City, Kuwait (Group exhibition)

The Wishing Well Project “American Dream, This is not a dream”, New York (Group exhibition)

Trees in Focus, Anne Fontaine Foundation, Sotheby’s, New York (Group exhibition - Auction)

Iconosms, Dillon Gallery, New York (Collaboration with Christophe Laudamiel)

2012

The Unavoidable Temporality of Existence, Sojo Collection, in coordination with Art Basel Miami (Solo exhibition)

Shared Vision, The Sondra Gilman & Celso Gonzales-Falla Collection of photography, Aperture Gallery, New York (Group exhibition)

Trees in Focus, Anne Fontaine Foundation, Residence of the French Ambassador, New York (Group exhibition)

Mirrors of the magic muse, Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow (Group exhibition)

Mirrors of the magic muse, Arezzo & Sansepolcro - Foundation/Museum of Piero della Francesca, Italy (Group exhibition)

2011

Motherland, Fotografia, Festival International di Roma, Piazza O. Giustiniani 4, Rome, Italy (Group exhibition)

Shared Vision, The Sondra Gilman & Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL (Group exhibition)

Il Dibbio della bellezza, The Gibelli Collection, Museo Palazzo Te, Mantua, Italy (Group exhibition)

The unavoidable temporality of existence, preview, Pucci International, New York (Solo Exhibition)

Arte Laguna Prize, Fifth edition, Arsenale, Venice, Italy (Finalists Exhibition)

Focus Nu, Galerie Adler, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)

2010

Icons, Laurent Elie Badessi & Andres Serrano, Salamatina Gallery, Manhasset, New York (Binomial)

2009

American Dream, Galerie Adler, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)

Whole in The Wall, Helenbeck Gallery, New York. USA (Group Exhibition)

Exorcisms, The Steps Gallery, London. UK (Group Exhibition)

Christmas Show, The Steps Gallery, London. UK (Group Exhibition)

2008

American Dream, The Steps Gallery, London. UK (Group Exhibition)

American Dream, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery, Art Basel, Miami, FL (Solo Exhibition)

Revolution, Fondation Ricard, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)
PPP, Alexis Lartigue, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)

Sex Times, Galerie Helenbeck, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)

The New Sex Times, Galerie Helenbeck, Paris. France (Group Exhibition)

2007

Botanica, Ralph Pucci, New York. USA (Solo Exhibition)