In a world where smartphones shoot in HD as standard and Instagram adds a vintage sheen to your images without a second thought, it’s reassuring to know that there are still people using analogue techniques to create interesting and exciting photography.
Olivier Dassault is of venerable French lineage – his grandfather was a pioneering aircraft manufacturer and his father a Senator – and the multi-tasking Olivier has a background in politics, business, aviation and musical composition. His passion truly lies in photography, however, where Dassault has developed a distinctive multiple exposure technique. He focuses on urban imagery – small, often unnoticed elements of a city, which are beautifully lit and then deconstructed, creating abstract and engaging prints. He uses no digital retouching, and all of his work is shot using a vintage Minolta camera – a model he has used for over 40 years.
Dassault’s work attracts both acclaim and buyers – his first piece was bought as the gallery was in the process of putting it up on display. But, fundamentally, Dassault takes photographs because he must – even if it’s at the expense of his timekeeping. “I am sorry I am late!” said Dessault when we met. “My hotel is 300 metres from here. But I saw some beautifully lit shoes, the sun was hitting them just right… and I had to take a photograph.”
Words by Max Olesker