"Comment faire partager ma passion du portrait ?
Comment choisir, comment remercier en 1min30 sec ces personnalités ou ces inconnus ?
Voici un petit film pour vous dire MERCI à ma manière"
"How to share my passion for portrait , these ephemeral events that mark my life as a photographer ?
How to choose, how to thank in less than 1min30 sec these figures or the unknown ?
Here's a little movie to thank you in my own way "
MERCIS à Michel Jonaz, Thomas Hervé, Audrey Tautou, Estelle, Clotilde Coureau, Camille Lacour, Nikos, Lucienne, William, Victoria, Céline Lafarge, Christian Radmilovitch, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gregory Pouy, Emery Doligé, Elisabeth, Samira, Younes, William Leymergie, Sophie Davant, Philippe Bouvard, Dtéphane Bern, Yvan Le Bolloch, Omar Sy, Fred Testot, Charlotte Le Bon, Caroline Clery, Maud , Tory, Alyssa Miller, Teddy Riner, Jean Rochefort, Nagui, Marco Prince, Bruno Solo, Michel Cymes, Vanessa Demouy, Olivier Marshal, Alexandre Astier, Pascale Arbillot, Natacha Amal, Steven Spielberg, Arthur, Zinedine Zidane, Maud, Dominique Farruggia, Michel Cicurel, Mr Liu, Laurent Delahousse, Michel Drucker, Jarno Trulli.
The creator of the LOL Project is often defined as a positivist photographer and incurable utopian.
Portraitist and fashion photographer David Ken was born in Belgium. He has lived in Brussels, Milan, New York and Paris, where he’s finally set his bags down for good.
He began his work in fashion photography at 23, practically by accident, and quickly moved up to working with the most prestigious magazines in the world, including Italian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Amica, Grazia, and Elle. His photographs are characterized by his way of capturing motion, coupled with touches of sensuality and deep emotion.
A number of famous brands have been seduced by his distinct style, including Lancel, L’Oreal, EDF, SFR, Credit Agricole, Functionnalab, Coca-Cola, Jacob, Joseph, Nice Klaup, Connection, TF1, Yellow Pages, Auchan, and Adidas — just to name a few!
Between his activities in Europe and North America, David also takes time to develop his own projects, which are always human-focused. If humor and irony are often captured in the faces of those in front of his lens, the spirit of his work is nevertheless always benevolent.
As an example, it was with Pueblo creative director William Lafarge that he developed the « Guardian Angels » exhibit, where famous personalities were photographed as angels. Proceeds went to to the fight against cancer. Those photographed over the course of four years included volunteers, sports figured and celebrities like Nikos Aliagas Arthur, Valerie Damidot, Michel Jonaz, and Omar and Fred, yielding a diverse and colorful gallery of Guardian Angels.
In 2009, he began a vast project called « FACING PARIS », a mural fresco in black and white that traces 10 years of Parisians’ daily lives. His exclusive use of wide-angle photos also gives a central place to human forms.
Also in 2009, at the start of the financial crisis, David and his partner William Lafarge began the « LOL Project », an ongoing portrait gallery capturing people from all walks of life in the midst of genuine laughter.
The approach: Witnessing and experiencing laughter, that magical moment of letting go, where all control of our image is lost. David believes that the reflection we’re left with is closest to who we truly are — an uninhibited self.
The cast: Anyone of any gender, age, color, religion and social group can get involved via Facebook.
How it started: through acquaintances, both famous and lesser-known, before spreading to a wider pool of friends, friends of friends … and hopefully now to you!
The performance: twofold. The trick is to generate genuine laughter, then capture a unique and rare portrait of that moment: one that David believes to be enlightened and beautiful.
The success of the first LOL Project exhibition took place at the Forum des Images in Paris on July 2011. Since then, the LOL Project Tour has traveled over 6000 km, through 22 cities in France, in partnership with the Yellow Pages. These are just the beginning steps toward « I LOL Paris », an event in which David dreams of filling the streets, buildings and public transportation of Paris with imagery of its laughing inhabitants.