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Biofile Gilles Berube Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

First memory of photography: My father asking me to take pictures of the family with a Kodak camera.

Inspirations: Reading many books about adventures like Bob Morane, Jack Kerouac, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Edgar Allen Poe, Comte de Lautréamont(Isidore Lucien Ducasse.

Favorite movies: Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola and Midnight In Paris from Woody Allen.

First famous person you met or encountered: René Lévesque, prime minister of Québec – I took a picture of him but didn’t have a chance to talk with him. He was the best prime minister of the century. He inspired me so much and following that I did photo – exhibits “Images of Quebec” in Buenos Aires, Mexico, Caracas, Québec, Aix-en Provence and La Havana.

Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla.

Greatest moment in your career: My 40th photo exhibit in Manhattan in 2008: “Manhattan Insights” the intimate look at a neighborhood.”

Most painful moment of your career: Taking pictures of people in the streets of Caracas when they were in despair living on the streets.

Funny career memory: Taking a picture of a woman’s breast in a New York show.

Embarrassing career memory: A woman asking me to take a nude picture of her because she was so vain. I didn’t do it.

Favorite subjects to photograph: Jazzmen, Singers, Architecture photos of New York, Nature’s shot and Womens pictures.

Favorite artists: Modigliani, Fellini, Andy Warhol, Albert Camus, John Lennon, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Charlie Musselwhite, Miles Davis, Léo Ferré, Billie Holliday, Joni Mitchell and Charlie Mingus.

Favorite photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Paul Almasy, whom I had the luck to meet in Paris in 79.

People qualities most admired: Humility, honesty, perfectionism, generosity, aperture and creativity.

New York Times article on Gilles Berube

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