Young Parisian photographer and director Aurélien Heilbronn relocated to New York in 2012, and now resides in Los Angeles. As someone with a lifelong passion for photography (never without his digital camera in his teens) and self admittedly obsessed with photographing pigeons in monochrome – his decision to go analogue was sparked two years by the Big Apple. After borrowing a film camera from a friend in New York, he loved how “the raw aspect of the film matched the raw aspect of the city.”
He now believes that “digital is great for clients” but feels “it should not be used for personal work.” His photographs have a documentary feel, candid and voyeuristic, and a signature style both humorous and gritty. In a direct contrast to a world where it is increasingly common to take photographs on your phone, his ethos is to “make the shot count.”
I came across Aurélien’s work through the zine SWALLOW ME NYC, a collection of his black and white photographs that came out in August last year.