French photographer and emotive artist Cyril Lagel is driven by power, sensitivity and perfection. He portrays this through the medium of beauty and fashion photography. Lagel mixes colour and texture to produce the crisp edges and smooth forms he is renowned for. The Parisian takes his work very seriously and see’s it as a continuation of himself as a person.
Jonathan: Tell us about yourself, where did all of this begin for you?
Cyril: I guess I ﬁrst started working in the art direction world about 8 years ago. But I decided to pursue a career in photography. I now live and work in Paris.
Jonathan: Describe to us your ﬁrst real shoot that you can remember; where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with?
Cyril: If I remember correctly, one of my ﬁrst shoots was for a modeling agency. It was a fashion test shooting in a studio , at this point in my career I shot all my work in black and white, and with my own unique angle, to make the models appear taller and slimmer! From then on I got asked to do more work.
Jonathan: What has been your most rewarding achievement as an artist?
Cyril: I think that that is still to come! Although I ﬁnd all of my projects very rewarding and interesting…I am constantly striving to accomplish more complex shoots.
Jonathan: When you ﬁrst started, what was your biggest dream? And have you accomplished that?
Cyril: My biggest dream was to think, that one day, I could work doing what is my passion. And I have accomplished that!
Jonathan: Who’s your favorite photographer and who do you draw your inspirations from?
Cyril: I don’t have a favorite photographer. Many photographers have a very beautiful work, in their own different styles. I draw all of my inspiration from my personal inspirations! I ﬁnd it in life, with friends, travel, or even just when I meet a new model.
Jonathan: What has been your favorite shoot so far?
Cyril: It’s was an advertisement for Citroen, the concept was to shoot a women and a car, in the same location, angle and color, for a 3D effect.
Jonathan: In your own opinion what are 5 tools that a photographer cannot leave without?
Cyril: Imagination, feeling, happiness, good assistants and most of all my camera.
Jonathan: Has photography always been a part of your life – Is it something you’ve always planned to do as a career?
Cyril: Many people in my family are photographers, but all have different styles. I have always taken photos and enjoyed it but I honestly never thought that I would be able to make a career out of it.
Jonathan: When did you know you ﬁnally made it as a professional photographer?
Cyril: For the last 6 beautiful years I have been able to earn a living doing what I am most passionate about. That’s when you know you have made it.