For The Love Of Icons

I find it a good challenge, says Alain Briot, to create images of well-known and iconic locations; I like the dialogue they encourage. If I were photographing only unknown locations this dialogue would never take place

I make it my challenge to photograph well-known locations – icons as some people call them – in a new way. This is one of the reasons behind the ‘Avant Garde’ part of the title in the image of Monument Valley featured in this essay. Avant Garde is a French expression used in the arts that can be loosely translated as ‘cutting edge’ or ‘at the forefront.’

While I also photograph little known locations, I find it inspirational to photograph locations that are well known. The challenge of seeing a location photographed by many with fresh eyes, gives me motivation to create images that have not been done before, images that fit within a tradition and at the same time challenge this tradition. The rebellious spirit that motivates this approach is part of my work. It is...

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on his website.

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