Isa Gelb is a french graphic designer/artistic director based in Paris (France), a hobbyist film photographer and also the curator/designer/editor of Underdogs, an independant photography magazine.
“I actually don’t like calling myself a photographer. According to my photo idols and references, I’m setting the bar too high and I know I will never reach it. I rather like to say that I have cameras and take pictures. It sums up very well how I approach photography. Actually, talking specifically about my work is difficult, I’d rather let my images reveal themselves.
I don’t try or want to document anything. I just take photos because it makes me feel alive and attentive to my surroundings. I’m not trying to create ‘art’ either. Although I have my own personal likes and influences, I don’t have an aesthetic program.”
“I have neither favorite topics because everything is up for photography. One purpose of my work is to give credit to that sense of modesty I witness, rather than using artistic means to amplify it and change its nature. My subjects have a modesty that I hope remains intact within my images. Most of them, if not all, are just unspectacular moments taken while wandering here and there, some kind of “mental souvenirs”; they “are not memories” but they “make memories” to me.”There are a few famous quotes that I wish were mine. The following one is one of them because it sounds very relevant to me:
“A picture is what it is and I’ve never noticed that it helps to talk about them, or answer specific questions about them, much less volunteer information in words. It wouldn’t make any sense to explain them. Kind of diminishes them. People always want to know when something was taken, where it was taken, and, God knows, why it was taken. It gets really ridiculous. I mean, they’re right there, whatever they are.” – William Eggleston
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