Originally from Paris, France, I have lived in the United States since 1986. I live in Arizona and my favorite photographic locations include Navajoland, where I lived for 7 years, as well as the rugged canyonland wilderness of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
I currently work with a Linhof large format 4x5, a medium format Hasselblad with a Phase One P45 digital Back, and a Canon Digital 35mm. The choice of which camera I use is based on my vision for each image.
My goal is to create the most exciting photographs possible. My equipment, be it cameras, software, printers, etc. is chosen for its ability to make this possible. My vision of the landscape is of a place of beauty, a place where we can experience a direct contact with nature, a place where we can find respite from the pressures and stresses of the 21st century, and a place where I can find inspiration and freedom of expression.
I started studying photography in 1980 in Paris. Prior to that I studied painting and drawing at the Academie des Beaux Arts, also in Paris. In the United States I received my Bachelor and Master Degrees from NAU, Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. I worked on my PhD at MTU, Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan.
Today, I consider myself not just a practitioner and a professional but also a student of photography. I write extensively about photography, both from a technical and from an artistic perspective. My writings are inspired by my work, my teachings, my research and my study of photography. My essays are available on this site, on my web site www.beautiful-landscape.com, on many other places in the internet, in print, and in my book Mastering Landscape Photography.
I approach photography as a fine art. I do not approach photography as a form of scientific or forensic recording. Therefore, I feel totally free to interpret my subjects as I like and to modify colors, elements and other aspects of the image. My work is the result of what I capture in the field and what I do to the image in the studio afterwards. I expand on this concept in my essays.
I make my living selling fine art prints and teaching workshops and seminars. I also offer tutorials on CD and DVDs. All these are available on my website. My teaching covers every aspect of photography from fieldwork to studio work, matting, framing, marketing, etc.
I welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to email me using the link below. I look forward to hearing from you.
e-mail Alain Briot