Originally from Paris, Alain Briot first trained as a painter. With his diploma from the Académie Nationale des Beaux Arts in his pocket, the art lover began to study photography at the Centre Américain in Paris. One of his teachers, Scott McLeay, taught him the art of composition and to understand the qualities of light — two fundamentals on which he still relies in his daily work.
His first trip led him to the western United States. Immediately captivated by the spectacular majesty and dramatic potential of his surroundings, he continuously photographed landscapes for six months using an Arca-Swiss 4x5 view camera. Three years later, the artist moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University, not far from the Grand Canyon.
From Arizona to Michigan via Wisconsin and the Canadian Shield, Alain Briot’s path has provided him with intimate access to some of the most impressive landscapes in North America. Among his favorite places are Navajoland, where he lived for 7 years; the Grand Canyon, where he spends an average of 50 days a year; and the wild canyons of southern Utah and northern Arizona.
Drawing inspiration from the work of such artists as landscape painter Thomas Moran and photographer Ansel Adams, Alain Briot builds his images by combining the power of light and structures."My training is reflected in this mix of inspiration that comes from both American landscape painting and photography.” Playing with colors and materials, the photographer composes his images so as to convey the tranquility of the places he shoots. “For me, the landscape represents not only what I see, but also what I feel."
Alain Briot works in large format, medium format, and 35mm. His choice of camera is based on his vision of each image.