Académie Équestre de Versailles
There is nothing odd for a photographer who has done film work making stills with important directors such as Claude Chabrol or Michael Haneketo show this rare interest in time and movement. But how does one translate this movement within a fixed image? Nassif does it through an unmistakable style of his own, bordering on the pictorial, which he has been applying for some years to nudes, portraits, dance and the equestrian world with great aesthetic effectiveness. Académie Équestre de Versailles can be interpreted as a tribute to the celebrated work of Muybridge and the scientific aura that surrounded his famous sequential photographs, but Nassif is on a different tack. There is a clear vocation, as he himself indicates, to extend time in the image, to reflect a reality that goes beyond a fraction of a second.As José Alvarez points out when referring to Nassif’s work, the decisive moment that Cartier-Bresson loved is not appropriate in this case; for the author the expressive moment contained in a fleeting act is far more relevant, in a truth concentrated and totally dictated by the action.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, in 1971. He lives and works in Paris. After studying Cinema at the Université de Paris in 1991, he began to work as a still photographer in some films by directors including Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke and Bertrand Tavernier. In 2002 he directed his first short and exhibited a seriesof photomontages in Boulogne. Later this became a video that was projected in a porn cinema in Paris. His work was shown in Biarritz in 2010, at the MaisonEuropéene de la Photographie in 2012,and recently at the Sit Down gallery in Paris.