Tony Duran is a famous American photographer known for his portraits of celebrities and his work on the Nude, his photographs based on the bodies, sometimes masculine sometimes feminine, subliming aesthetics, favouring natural light and black and white. Tony has made himself famous quickly thanks to his photographs of Jennifer Lopez with whom he will become close friend and will continue to collaborate. He will make her first magazines covers before being called on by all the celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Pamela Anderson, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson or even Jude Law. His pictures bring up beauty, sensuality and strength, tinted with an iconic vision made in America, Hollywood stereotypes, the bodies being as fashion clichés. A self-taught man, Duran likes the Nude to the point of causing scandal. Now settled in California, he is constantly searching inspiration and creativity.
How would one of your closest friends define your style ?
A lot of friends, very good friends have been models and figures of my photographs, so I think they would say something like that: Tony's approach is purely organic, there isn't any apparent structure in what he does. It comes from the heart, from his guts. At the very beginning of a session, there is a feeling of confusion, it's hard, he is an waiting something from the figures, the models themselves. Patient, he will wait for emotion. But once the first action has occurred, everything let go ! Energy pours as much as ideas do. He never sits, he's constantly moving during a shooting. You have no idea what is going on, but you want to be a part of it. The shooting generally finishes with fatigue and confusion of what has just been going on. So we sit down and we look at the pictures. The more you see, the more you will feel. An image which will last a whole life.
A style ?
A storm of creativity and energy.
How did you start in photography ?
I went to school in Wisconsin where I got the diploma in journalism. We had to take photography lessons, and weirdly after the first session, I told myself that I wanted to become a professional photographer. I went to school oh me for the subject and I started to take photos. I was never an assistant and I never followed any other lessons. I did it only because it was fun.
Your beauty criteria ?
Trust is my beauty criteria. If everyone is honest and confident in what he does, then nothing else matters, we can find Beauty. No matter what my eye is going to see, it will find it beautiful, or rather, beauty will come out of it. Even from the least common things. No matter the model, its sex, its gender, its age... Trust and ego define each identity and each beauty, I content myself with glorifying them and celebrating them through the lens !