Interview with:
Pascal Chapuis

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Where are you born and when?

I was born in a little french town “Firminy” in1963

Where do you live?

I live in “La Tronche” , France near Grenoble

When and how do you start your path in photography?

I started photography near 2010 buying an old but beautiful Rolleiflex and taking pictures of my family . Gradually, i became passionate for portraiture and mostly women portraiture.

Who were the three photographers that inspired you at the beginning and who are the three ones that inspire you now?
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The first photographer i admired long time before i make photography ( and still love his work ) is Jan Scholz ( micmojo )https://www.micmojo.com/ . Then i discovered Ryan Muirhead https://ryanmuirhead.com/ and Daniel Murtagh http://danielmurtagh.com/. Today i’m a great fan of a lot a famous photographer as Paolo Roversi , Peter Lindbergh and the one who inspires me the most is Andreas Jorns https://www.ajorns.com/ i want to be Andreas Jorns ! :-)

Did you go to a school or are you a self-taught?

I used to go to a small photo-club to develop my negatives and learn the basics of photography but i’m mostly a self-taught photographer.

Do you make photography as a living?

No, photography is 100%, passion, pleasure .

What do you like in photography, what is your motivation?


I’m a portrait photographer but more and more i become also a nude photographer .

I like nude photography because this is the best way to show the essential of a model as i try not to eroticize my picture , it’s very important to me and i think this is a essentiel part of my « style » !

For me each nude photography is first a portrait photography .

Every model is so différent and i like particularly to shoot with models with no experience of that kind of picture .

I got more and more requests of young women who have never been photographed before but want to have a nude shooting with me .

Sometimes i got to think that i’m a kind of psychologist as a lot of these young women suffer of lake of self confidence .

I like to be ( sometimes ) their confident and a became a true friend for some of them even outside photography .

This is the thing i’m most proud about : have a true confidence of all theses girls and i know some of them for 5 ou 6 years , when i was just a beginner .

They are still there today and it makes me fell happy and proud

What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your images?

I just want to show “ something” that jump into the eyes or , better into the heart instantly. I don’t want my pictures to be analyzed for hours, you won’t find that much than a the first sight...

What are your preferred moment(s) in the creation process?

I like the meeting with the model,the fist time is the best time , the emotion of the fisrt session brings me the best emotion and most often the best images .

What are your three most representative images, and why?
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1https://pascal-chapuis.format.com/nu#0

This is Perrine one of my fisrt model and my “muse” .This picture is one of the very first shots when she decided to shoot again after 3 years of no photography at all. She is much more than a model to me , a five year solid friend.


2 https://pascal-chapuis.format.com/nu#49

This is Margot a youg french actress , she understood exactly what i was expecting of her . Sweetness, only sweetness

3 https://pascal-chapuis.format.com/nu#17

This is Moona a young model who started modeling only few month ago . She’s is a perfect nude model an became a very good friend. Here again , talking all about sweetness

What equipment and/or techniques do you use?

It is not a matter of brands/lenses, it is mostly about analog/digital, preferred light (natural/flash), how much post-production, etc.

I mostly shoot digital black and white . Sometimes natural light sometimes flash , depending of the weather and the mood. I try to spend les and less time post precessing but ...

How and why your work as changed since you started?

I used to be a portrait photographer but i got bored buy taking always same kind of picture chest plan etc ... few years ago i had the opportunity to make some nude pictures and i find this much more interesting ( and much more difficult too )

What do you think about the fact that nowadays photography is mostly enjoyed on the Internet?

It is rather a great thing, everybody is able to show and share his work easily. No need to be a great photographer to show your work .

Why did you decide to join the nudeartzine project?

Ugo came to me and talked about the work of the nudeartzine team . I agreed with the philosophy of the magazine and i know and follow some of photographer who are shown on the site . This is a great magazine and the idea to sell prints is fabulous .

Would you have an insight or advice to give to whomever is watching your work and wants to learn photography?

No advices at all ! learn the basics and ... go !
Passion is the key word !

What are your plans in the future?

No plan , see what happens , continue to be passionated and have the confidence of the models ...

On what page our readers can find more of your work?

my web site :https://pascal-chapuis.format.com/
insta :https://www.instagram.com/chapuis.pascal/
Flickr :https://www.instagram.com/chapuis.pascal/

Would you like to add something else?

Passion is all you need !

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