In 2019, the Botín Centre celebrates the 25th anniversary of Itineraries, the annual exhibition that displays the work of the artists awarded the Botín Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant each year, which has been running since 1993.
I am Anne-Sophie Landou, a French photographer based in Marseille. I have Corsican roots I am very attached to and I was born in Toulon, by the sea.
Photography has been a lifestyle since I was a teen; the camera is always with me and I just shoot what I see with my own artistic sensitivity.
As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with images (children books, movies, painting…). I grabbed a camera ‘for fun’ when I was 14, playing with disposables and my parents’ first digital camera. In my head I wasn’t even ‘taking pictures’, but I was already excited by the process.
Photography became serious to me in high school when I got sick. For a year, I took intimate pictures of my closest friends, pictures of my family, of my dog, a lot of self portraits. I deal with anxiety issues; photography became my favorite way to break this mental pattern I am often locked in.
I have a law degree but I never could work in that field, always caught up by my obsession with images and my vital desire to create. The camera never left me anyway. It has been more than two years since I graduated and I can say now that my life is completely focused on photography.
I am a detective with a good partner in crime, the shutter! That is how I see it: photography is part of who I am, a play tool to convey my vision of the world in a raw, poetic, intuitive, feminine way. It can be inside or outside, digital, analog, black and white or color. Lately I am only using color, shooting mostly analog and using flash. I guess because it is how I see and feel things, in a very gritty, explosive, intense way.
It happens in the now, that is why beyond my inspiration by great artists like William Eggleston or Picasso, my passion for curating and discovering emergent artists and my hyper sensitivity, life is what makes me a photographer.