Alina Noir is a Romanian photographer and author living and working between Berlin and Lyon. She studied literature and art history in Romania, France, Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand, and this international academic background had a strong influence on her work as a photographer. She has an artist’s studio in Lyon where she works with a team of theater actors and ballet dancers. Since Lyon is a Renaissance city, her work is impregnated by her surroundings, and she is influenced by classical paintings (Renaissance and Baroque). Her big idols are Caravaggio and Fra Filippo Lippi. When she started photography, she was only shooting color. She could only concentrate on the color and its infinite possibilities, to the point where she sometimes forgot that an image (photography or painting) needs a story or an idea in order to function properly. When she was offered a studio in Lyon, France, the transition to black and white was immediate and very natural. It was a half-unconscious decision triggered by her desire to free herself from the self-indulgence of color. She thinks that black-and-white photographs have a certain visual dignity which induces mood and reflection, especially when describing a strong story. She shoots theatre and nude photography. Shooting nude came to her just as naturally as shooting black-and-white. Nudity is a very strong costume which can express an infinite variety of human situations and emotions, like force, fragility, sexual despair, attractiveness, solitude, or connection. She is interested in observing how bodies interact with each other and in a given space and she feels privileged to have a team of theater actors and dancers who are able to communicate her ideas through movements and facial expressions and find pleasure in using their bodies as a vehicle for emotion, not just as attractive surfaces.
This is a sample of her work
All images © Alina Noir