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In Conversation… Alain Briot

French Fine Art Landscape Photographer, Alain Briot, has spent two decades establishing a career in the US. He talks to Landscape Photography about manipulating his images, the key to commercial success and the importance of a healthy work-life balance

How did you get into photography? Did you have formal training or were you completely self-taught?
I started as a painter and studied at the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris. I then developed an interest in photography and took classes at the American Center in the early 1980s. After my Bachelor’s Degree I went to America and completed a Masters and then a PhD in Humanities, with a focus on photography as Visual Communication.

When I arrived in America I went straight to the photography department and showed the teacher my small portfolio. He said I could take any class that I wanted, which I took to mean that he had nothing to teach me, so I immediately walked away and said forget it! I decided to do a Journalism course instead, but it didn’t contain enough theory that interested me, so after a year I moved to the English department to study Rhetoric. I stayed there for …

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