Q&A: Amandine Joannes


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? I repeat myself everyday “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How social media turned us into freaks? Are you aware of any conspiracies? The Universe and souls conspiring in our favour. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s like having a magic lamp showing you the exact moment you can see both a deep fragility and violence by the person you photograph. What is the worst thing about city life? No ocean.. What part of the planet would you like to explore? To go to all the craziest abandoned places on earth, the abandoned Disneyland in China would come first! What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Too long to say, but it makes me think spirit photography would be a nice hobby to start. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Baba Yaga would be nice..or Frida Kahlo. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Quantum physics or.. taxidermy! What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Unfortunately its more about the moments I didn’t dare to take the pictures.. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Fortune teller or astrologer. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. When I was 14 and I saw the Diane Arbus twins for the first time, she became my absolute Queen .. and I should add for some reason I can’t explain the Winogrand photo that says “welcome to California Jane”, this one particulary sticks in my head.

How often do you take other people’s advice? You mean including the voices in my head? Describe a personal hell. To be a bird in a cage. Which living person do you most admire? My spiritual guide. On what occasion do you lie? When talking to my psychiatrist. What was the last crime you witnessed? A girl putting sugar in her coffee today. What is the best way to educate yourself? To give me self confidence. What is the next book you want to read? Milk and honey by Rumi, cause it’s a shame I still haven’t. Ultimate camera? Maybe the Contax 645 … Most used camera? Mamyia c330. What object do you want? A digital camera back! What object do you need? It’s all about photography. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? “It’s about cats and memes..” Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Painful question for now Describe a cheap thrill. Red wine. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The Titanic ..oh or Tchernobyl. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes, if its not a self destructive impulse. Which talent would you most like to have? to be an hyper realistic painter! What is your plan for the next 24 hours? survive, laugh, photograph and repeat those three

Amandine Joannes, b. 1991 is a visual artist currently working and living in Paris, France. She gratuated from Les Beaux arts de Paris, studio Patrick Tosani and Is a former student of the photographic department of the School of Visual Art, New York after she received the Colin Lefrancq scholarship. To see more of Amandine Joannes work visit — Website