Eric Guillemain is an old friend of ours. We first met for The Vulnerability Issue for which he photographed and spoke of model Sofi Berelidze. The Frenchman not only delivered a strong sensual set of shots of Sofi but also penned a profound text on vulnerability that overwhelmed and opened us up to another mindset. “It has something to do with courage,” he wrote. “The courage to open up yourself to situations of everyday life whatever tough or disturbing they can be.”
Eric’s ambition was not always in photography. Before becoming the hotshot today, he was lead singer of the band “Venice”. Kickstarting his career is his first editorial in 2007 with model Ekat Kiseleva entitled “undisguised” for newwork magazine. This set of beautifully composed images playing delicately with light sounded our alarm seeking for talent. Today, his profile has bloomed impressively including shoots for magazines from Elle to Vs Magazine, and campaigns for brands like J.Lindeberg; working with models Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr, musicians Nick Cave and Lou Doillon, and stars Léa Seydoux and Rachel Weisz.
Over the years, Playing Fashion has kept in touch with Monsieur Guillemain. An exclusive interview appears in our Legends, Icons and Muses Issue in April 2011, where we discovered how muses, like Milla Jovovich, Elisa Sednaoui, Amanda Nørgaard, and Nanou Vandecruys, inspire him in different ways. This year, we are honoured with the opportunity to personally meet the man in Paris to oversee a shoot. Observing how serious he works to ensure everything goes smoothly, yet never communicating nervously or loudly when surprises arise, rather remaining composed and soft spoken, I could see how his simply stunning images come alive and understand the fast catapulting of his success. Today, we meet the phenomenally perceptive photographer, who once again strikes more than a line of thought in our heads.