Benoit Courti, French photographer living in Paris, is one of the great portraitists of his generation. Fascinated by photography since early childhood, he first became a musician before becoming a professional photographer.
Adept at clean compositions, Courti attracted particular attention with his Deep Black series. Through exclusively black & white square-format images, the photographer explores simple subjects that are strongly symbolic. Using a limitless black background, he plays with depth, losing all notion of space and time, in order to concentrate on essentials. The contrast highlights a look, a movement — magnifying a face or a body within a poetic scene. “I love the timelessness and directness of black and white. It can never be looked at in the same way twice, and one sees only the essentials. There is no color to attract or to please the eye — nothing that would distract one’s attention.”