Manolo Chrétien – “The Instant Painter” portrait of a photographer

manoloManolo Chrétien is a talented French Photographer.

In this 20′ intimate interview, he talks about his various inspirations as a graphic artist and photographer.
He evokes the influence of his famous father and the aeronautic environment in which he grew up and remains a direct link to his daily life.
Jean-Loup Chrétien was the first French Astronaut and the first west european in Space in 1982.
In his most recent work, Manolo has made extraordinary portraits of Manhatan and defines himself as a « skin photographer »,
always investigating and searching for the right texture where he can project his vision.

As this little interview manifests, Manolo is not only a successful photographer and artist, he comes out as a extremely kind, generous and gregarious character.

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Nancy Rudolph, Pioneer photographer of the 20th century

Ever since she was a teenager, Mrs Rudolph was enamoured with Black and white photography, she is now considered as one of the pioneer woman photographers of the 20th century.

Everywhere she would go, she was kept company by her Leica M6 and would capture the world surrounding her. Nancy has the capacity to connect with people, penetrate barriers, quickly privileged an intimate view point for a subject.

From Plum village and Thich Nhat Hanh, to New York city’s meat packing district, Greenwich village, her 11 St studio is still brimming with her photographs, journals and life stories.

Her numerous travels have taken her to Tibet, India, America, Europe, and beyond…Her entourage was left with a poignant testimony of many moments from the past, capturing the undefinable through her Leica M6 lens.

Right next to Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Margaret Bourke-White or Annie Leibovitz, Nancy Rudolph is one of the most talented and important 20th century photographer, yet still unknown to the public eye. Here are a few images from her collection and a short interview shot in France, a few years ago. Nancy Rudolph now resides in California, and continues to look at the world with a passionate eye.

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Nancy Rudolph

This month’s West Village Original is photographer Nancy Rudolph, who began photographing in the late 1940’s while working in Europe through the Marshall Plan. Her first photographic essay appeared in the New York Times Magazine in the 1950’s. Throughout her career she has had seventeen solo exhibits and has created three photo books. Ms. Rudolph is currently working on her illustrated memoir in the same house on West 11th Street she has lived in since 1956. Visit

After a few unsuccessful attempts at college as a young woman, Nancy Rudolph’s mother suggested she take up shorthand and typing. It was a suggestion that would turn out to have far-reaching consequences. “My mother said I could go anywhere and get any kind of job with those skills,” Rudolph recalls. “So I went to Sadie Brown’s Collegiate Secretarial School in the Grand Central Building. I must have had ten jobs in one year! I was not cut out for that kind of work.”

Nancy Rudolph as a young woman in Rome, 1949.

Eventually, Rudolph went to Europe and was living in Paris where she applied for a job through the Marshall Plan. “There were a lot of Americans in Paris those days, both on the GI Bill and working for the government,” she says. “I applied at the ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) and ended up working in Rome for a couple of years as a secretary doing—of all things—shorthand and typing. As pleased as my mother was with that, she was very upset that I overstayed my time in Europe and I wasn’t at home getting married!” Rudolph laughs. “But I had a wonderful life there. I finally did come home, met Alan Rudolph, and married him.”

While Rudolph subsequently “liberated” herself after twenty-five years of marriage to her husband, the photography she began doing while overseas remained a constant in her life. “I started as a painter,” she relates. “When I went to Europe, I brought my paints and easel and an old camera that belonged in the family. And when I was in Rome, I took a trip with a friend to Berlin. This was during the time of the airlift. We stayed with an army officer and his family so I went to the PX and bought myself a decent camera. The first real photographs I took were of people digging out of war-torn Berlin. That was 1949.”
I've always wanted to say things about the human condition.Why did photography become her means of expression? “I always wanted to say things about the human condition,” Rudolph explains. “I have a big social conscience and I wanted to spotlight issues that I thought should be examined and understood and, if necessary, changed. That was the real motivation of my photography. I couldn’t do that through painting so that’s why I picked up a camera. I understood a lot more through photographs.” This approach to the medium also informed her philosophy of it as well. “I never looked at photography as an art,” she says. “I looked at it as a way to say something about the world.”

A resident of the Village since the 50’s, Rudolph claims this is the only place she wanted to live in New York. “I’ve never lived in any other part of the city,” she says. “My husband wanted to move to the suburbs because he grew up in New York. And I grew up in the suburbs on Long Island and vowed never to go back!” With such longevity, it’s no surprise that Rudolph’s strongest desire is “to preserve as much of the Village as can be preserved.” “I was involved with the whole Jefferson Market Courthouse fight when they were trying to tear it down,” she says. “I was also very involved in Washington Square Park when they were going to put Fifth Avenue right through it. I think that was the first victory that citizens had over an issue like that.”

While Rudolph’s love affair with Greenwich Village continues to this day, it is difficult at times to reconcile the past with the present. One of the biggest changes for her is the growth of both NYU and the New School in her neighborhood. “The New School has never been very invasive, but now it is,” she says. “I think it’s awful. And then I say to my son, ‘I think it’s terrible!’ like an old codger. But my son replies that these people are being educated to go into the world and make a difference. So how can you argue against that?”



Links :

Backwards in Bethesda Square, NYC

A short reverse video of one of the greatest park in the world.


Venezia, Grand Canal painting

On my last trip to Venezia, I painted a Video.


Portfolio Photography


Miscellaneous selection of photographies 

London Bridge 4 am

Wheat field 55

Istanbul scene 99

Istanbul scene 56

istanbul Monument 42

London Bridge 88

Close up Glove 144

Close up glove 52

Promenade 128

Istanbul 44

Forst DS 55

Animals 82

Animals 85

Animals 86

Animals 92


Sky N°  521

London photo shoot 229

Reflection 22

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Seashore Trolley Museum’s – A voyage in the Past

The Seashore Trolley Museum, tucked in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of Kennebunkport village, was marking its 75th anniversary in 2014 by showcasing its extensive collection of electric trolley cars during a series of special events.

A “Founders Day” celebration on July 5 will feature a narrated trolley parade and, more significantly, the return of the “Golden Chariot” Montreal observation car to the museum’s operating collection.

My Friend Patricia Erikson asked me to help her the story of the restauration of the Narcissus for the Portland Magazine.

Our collaboration was fruitful and fun and Patricia wrote a great article about collaborating with Photographers from that experience.

The place is a photographic heaven and wonder.

Judge from yourself !

Copyright Alban – Esprit Voyageur 2014, Portland Maine. 

Links : Portland Magazine article  & Portland Press Herald

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Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year’s show includes works from new & returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, upcycled & embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments. WMPG’s Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.

Designers returning from previous programs include: Deb Train; Elynn Design; Aquarius Funk; Raisa; Kelli Burnham; Rayne Grace/kittywitch; and Stephanie Harmon.
New designers joining us this year include:Pamela Moulton, Mimi Mathleson; Jocelyn King; and Kenzie. Ms. Flanders advises us to take special note of these items of interest: Goth/punk inspired dresses by Kenzie; Finely constructed corsets by Kelli Burnham; Moss jacket/ wearable art designed by Rayne Grace, also known as the kittywitch; and Hand painted garments by Mimi M.The WMPG Fashion Show is a benefit for WMPG Community Radio, a volunteer-driven non-profit community radio station broadcasting 24 hours per day from the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. WMPG broadcasts an eclectic schedule of programming, which includes music of many genres, local public affairs, and news, all free from corporate influence. Local listeners, businesses and organizations, and benefits events like the Fashion Show provide a large portion of the funding for WMPG. Listen to WMPG

WMPG Fashion Show 2015


Istanbul Crossroads


At the Crossroad between Asia and Europe, Istanbul has always fascinated me as a photographer. My last trip in 2005 was an excuse to see the Bosphore again and to film some “Dreamscenes”. here the one shot on Istikal Avenue :

& Here are a few shots of this trip.

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