Self-taught, Thomas Babeau has lived in the world of photography from his earliest moments. Son of a photographer, he grew up with the smell of chemicals from the photo lab that his father had installed in the family bathroom. After training as a graphic designer, he began his career as a laboratory technician in professional laboratories. He bought a camera and took his first portraits, shooting photos of his friends and various artists for their albums and for the press.
While his professional career led him from photo lab responsibilities to the creation of a photo studio and then to photo editing, Babeau’s artistic path took a decisive turn when he decided to focus on more personal work. The result was a first series of photos in collaboration with a brand of eyewear: “The Hagen Project” — a set of portraits produced around a common element, a pair of white glasses.
Combining the art of portraiture and fashion photography, Thomas Babeau places people at the center of his universe. Man or woman, his real subject is primarily aesthetic."I love catching that moment when the model — professional or not —reveals all his or her beauty. I also like the diversity: Monday I can be shooting a top model; Tuesday, a company CEO; Wednesday, an actor."
Thomas Babeau’s portraits are an amalgam of purity and sensuality. Through seemingly simple staging, but one that reveals a true mastery of style and lighting, the photographer magnifies and brings out all of the model’s strength and beauty by capturing a single look or pose.
Thomas Babeau lives in Paris, France.
Thomas Babeau and DxO Labs solutions
By basing his post-processing on DxO Optics Pro and DxO FilmPack, Thomas Babeau is able to fully express his creativity. He appreciates the processing power of DxO Optics Pro:"The corrections to the image files are astonishing — it’s like a second birth for my photos.” He also uses DxO FilmPack to give a unique signature to his images: “Having started out with black & white photography, I use DxO FilmPack to recreate, among other things, the typical grain and contrast of Kodak Tri-X film, which I used a great deal."