Trained as an anthropologist, Matthieu Lequimener has built a photographic universe based on the dialogue and exchange between the photographer and his subject, as much as on his acquaintance with different cultures. The influence of his family and his first travels as a child awake at an early age his passion for image and an attraction to light which gradually grow into a vocation.
« Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced »: he cherishes this quote from the Buddha because it applies perfectly to photography and film. An image, with its processing, light and story is first and foremost an experience to be lived.
A perfectionist of movement and light, he captures the details, objects, gestures, and colours that make up a shot. Setting his cameras wherever life takes him, between corporate reports and films with friends, he catches moments of everyday life in Africa, France, or Asia, on an oil platform or in the middle of the Sahel.
He likes festivals, religious and traditional ceremonies, bicycles and trains. Stillness and movement. He wanders through peaceful spaces where children and adults gather to celebrate, or desert and violent landscapes populated with child soldiers showing off their weapons. To capture the moment, at every turn, like a suspended breath, to chronicle life and say that the worst is not to die but to stop living.