Evocative, sensual and voluptuous, Marc Lagrange's work celebrates beauty and pleasure. The Antwerp-based photographer, who has a predilection for nudes and portraits, creates luxurious and timeless environments, where eroticism and intimacy play a central part. The chemistry Lagrange has with his models sets him apart from other photographers. He gets them to reveal parts of themselves in a trusting climate, envisaging the shoot as the ultimate performance act. Losing their inhibitions in front of the camera, his models turn into characters, echoing Lagrange's cinematic references.
Harshness and shock are absent from his world. Lagrange favors seduction instead of sex. Hedonistic and privileged, his images focus on dreams and fantasies, escaping logic and the constraints of reality. His eye for detail, which is apparent within intricate compositions, underlines a perfectionist streak, served by his use of technique. Famous for shooting with large Polaroids, the Belgian photographer loves textures and a suggestive feel, moving away from the sharp and clinical edge of fashionable photography. Emphasizing shapes and curves, Lagrange places bodies at the center of his artistic research, looking for exciting angles and new perspectives.
Designing his own sets and getting the right props is something Lagrange is passionate about. Pictures happen in his mind first. The richness of his imagination is enough to keep him going.