Gautier Pellegrin is a French born photographer, who was raised almost entirely in Asia.
At 23, while working in the music industry he met his future wife on MySpace and moved
to New York City from Paris. Together, they started a short-lived—but well-received—
fashion label called Outlaws of the Border. In 2010, at the age of 27, he again took a risk
and moved to Milan and enrolled in a 6-month studio photography course.
He apprenticed with a local Japanese photographer and became the house photographer
for a local modeling agency. He has embarked on a career as a freelance photographer and
though he will admit that his photography is not completely on par with his tastes yet we
at Lereport find that hard to believe. Someone who is so adept at taking calculated risks
and turning them to his favor should not have such a difficult time taking the necessary
risks to make beautiful art. One look at his work tells you all that you need to know
about this young talent. His photographs run the gamut from classic portraits to edgy
fashion editorial work to sumptuous nudes. He is, without question, an artist to watch.
Pol Gerez, Kaltblut Magazine
After living in France, the US. Asia and Italy,with which culture do you most identify?
My cultural background is a mix of American-French-English. I feel like a stranger in
Italy, though I appreciate that. I love the feeling of being a stranger in Asia. In a way, it
feels like home. Wherever I am, I end up navigating towards Chinatown, it’s very
comfortable and has a familiar feeling to me, being alone surrounded by Chinese people.
London calling -Fucking Young Magazine
What are some of your favorites places from your journeys?
South Africa is the killerest/weirdest/most interesting.
New York and Paris are home. Berlin is the coolest.
Milan has been good for work and is starting to feel homey because of the great people
I’ve met there. I love London but I always get some sort of major problem every time I’m
there. I would love to head back out to Hong Kong this year.
Barbara bologna’s FW 13-14 collection & last two photographs SS 14 collection
What food do you crave?
I’m not a big foodie. I go for Chinese or Japanese a lot on my own. I’m also really digging
all the vegan shit you can find in NYC but there is none of that in Milan.
Also, I miss Mexican food!
Which photographers have had the most influence on you?
Hiroshi Sugimoto is way up there, as are many German Dusseldorf School
photographers. I love art photography; it has a depth of thought that fashion
photography can’t ever get close to. But then I also admire some fashion photographers,
Peter Lindberg‘s work, Willy Vanderperre, Jeff Bark.
Deborah Turbeville is a genius and a constant influence. I think I would
put her as the number one influence actually. She has this way of creating the most
compelling worlds. I always want to live in them. Then Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi,
even some of Steven Meisel‘s work, Some Mert and Marcus, I don’t
know I’m constantly looking out for work and finding amazing work everywhere. Italy
also has many fantastic photographers. Emilio Tini is the classiest dude of them all.
Many totally unknown people making one shot wonders… Tumblr! Tumblr is amazing.
There is this kid called Neon Tambourine and then hundreds of others.
If you could take anyone’s portrait who would it be?
I would love to shoot, to stay in fashion, Aymeline Valade. That face just really does
something to me. I’ve always been attracted, artistically, to androgyny.
She is the best face I could think of shooting.
Which is your favorite Fashion Week?
London and Paris are the most exciting, for sure.
REVS magazine ( Finland ) ,Styling Patrizia d’elia, Make up Rory Rice
What is your fashion obsession?
Damir Doma since day 1, he came on the scene around 2008-9?
I remember getting so excited when I first saw his shows. They were so new and fresh and
it just got more and more beautiful as you looked at it. Right now I’m really into toned
down designers being discreet and classy. For example, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair is great.
I mean, I need to actually wear this stuff. And my job requires manual labor; I’m the floor
a lot so I need to be realistic about it.
DREW magazine ( ITALIA )
styling sofia Hernandez Bombaci, make up by Rory Rice , H.M. Battaglia agency
What is the craziest thing that you have ever done?
I moved to New York for a total stranger that
I met on the Internet and I married her at 24. Then I moved to Milan
at 27 and completely started my life over and became a photographer.
That was pretty nuts.
Can you tell us about any future projects that you have in the works?
Photography is never ending. I have so many projects. Right now, I’m taking two weeks on
my own in France in my family’s house in the countryside to take a step back and plan the
coming work year. Things have been extremely busy and I am grateful; but
I want to keep aiming higher.
When are you happiest?
I love those crazy days that start at 5 am and end at 5 am the next day, when you have
accomplished five-lives’-worth during them. It’s like a life overdose.
I also just love the good simple stuff. Food doesn’t drive me but finding good new music
and having a nice long run listening to some good new music
(mainly dark moody electronic stuff) will really make my day.