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Fred Goudon interview

The photographer talks about his work and shooting Gilles Marini.

Fred Goudon

French photographer Fred Goudon has been responsible for some of the most iconic and well-loved male photography of recent years.

Alongside his stunning work with French model and actor Gilles Marini, Fred has photographed for the much-talked about Dieux De Stade and is known for having a great eye for a gorgeous man.

We caught up with Fred to talk to him about his work with Gilles, as well as his career so far. He gives us an insight into his photography and shares some stunning photos with us.

How are you today? Where does this Q&A find you?

I am doing well thank you.  I am in Paris France.

Your work as a photography is simply stunning. Tell us how you got into photography in the first place.

Thank you for the compliment.  I was an artist when I was young, painting and drawing.  I was very creative.  My father offered me a camera for my sixteenth birthday and I started taking photos.  It seemed I already had a natural talent.  Then I went to California for a student exchange.  There I met David who was my first model.  At this time I knew I wanted to photograph male models.

We first heard of you through your work with the wonderful Gilles Marini. What was he like as a subject and what are your memories of that shoot?

He was and is still a muse to me.  I know perfectly his angles and we know how to work together, so it’s simple.  We always have had fun working together and I hope there are times in the future we can work together again.

Your photographs are pretty iconic with ‘Dieux Du Stade’ and the ‘Sunday Morning’ series coming to mind. What were those experiences like?

The experiences were completely different.  In Dieux Du Stade I worked with a team of artistic directors so I worked more executively.  With Sunday Morning, my four other books, and my continued work,  I make my own creative decisions.  Both are very interesting, though different.

What has been your favourite shoot to work on so far in your career and why?

There is not a particular shoot, but something that happens rarely in a shoot.  There are times when there is an emotional connection between me as the photographer and the model.

We absolutely love the black and white photography that you do. What’s the advantages of shooting in black and white as opposed to colour?

Black and white is poetic.

You have quite the eye for a good looking model. What do you look for when casting models for your shoots?

I have the instinct right away that I want to shoot a particular guy.

If you could work with anyone in the world who would it be and why?

I would work with Channing Tatum but with him dancing.  Every part of him is erotic and it’s expressed in his dancing.

Tell us something about you that not many people know.

I am working on some different types of photography. You can see some examples at http://fred-goudon-art-work.blogspot.fr/?view=snapshot

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

I am working on my sixth book. I can’t say any more at the moment.

You can keep up to date with Fred’s latest work over on his website http://www.fredgoudon.com/index.html and his blog http://fredgoudon.blogspot.co.uk/

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