Arnaud De Grave
Le Pictorium Agency
Arnaud De Grave is a photographer. He sometimes likes to consider himself as a neo-postgonzo-photoreporter.
Arnaud is entirely self-taught but has created complex and ambitious photography projects from start to finish: from the original idea to the final product(s): exhibitions, publications. He also publishes and designs, within the BOP framework, the Photo Analogies magazine.
For Arnaud photography is not only shooting or post-processing, but a complex process of global project creation. He develops his films and does his wet prints in the darkroom whenever circumstances allow, or uses digital techniques. His approach is heavily based on collaboration: universities, industry, poets, researchers, writers...
He has exhibited in numerous countries: Denmark, Japan, Canada, Panama, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Madagascar and Cameroon. Photographs, and full articles including the accompanying text were published in various magazines e.g. in the fields of skateboarding, surfing, food culture, underground cinema, and arts, but mostly in environmental sciences.
His interests range from hardcore natural sciences (he holds a masters in mechanical manufacturing engineering and teaching, a PhD in industrial engineering and a masters in sustainable management of forest ecosystems), social sciences (all his projects and doctoral/masters theses have a strong sociological component), postmodern literature, skateboarding, extreme metal and industrial genres of music, and of course trees, forests and mountains. He favors long projects with immersion in socio-cultural contexts.
Arnaud is currently based in a very small village in the Pyrenees, or at least it is where he stores most of its too many LPs and books. He still finds it awkward to speak of himself in the third person.