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Artists•Claudine Doury

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Self-portrait, Yemen, 1987

My daughter Sasha’s braid from when she was a child, pinned in a glassbox

Claudine Doury (b.1959) lives and works in Paris, France

– Home and studio — together or apart?
 I don’t have a separate space for my studio. I use a room in my apartment to store my negatives, prints and scanners. I also have a big wooden table on which I do all my editings 

– Do you have any daily rituals?
I always start the day with a yoga session. 

 – What is the first art book you remember?
Robert Frank’s “The Americans”, which was a true revelation. 

– What is your studio/creative soundtrack?
I don’t listen to music when I work. When I listen to music, it takes over everything. And when I do, it’s Bach. Sometimes, I also listen to Patti Smith, Christine and the Queens and others to dance at home.

– What is the favourite thing you have in your studio?
My daughter Sasha’s braid from when she was a child, pinned in a glass box.

– Did you always want to be an artist?
I figured out early on that photography was the right means of expression for me.

– What does a free day look like?
It’s simply boring.
This is why I decided to become a photographer. So that I will never be bored again. 

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