Short bio: Of Armenian and French origin, born in Paris, Alexis Pazoumian is a photographer and director. He did a graphics school in Paris during 4 years. The concepts of territory, identity and society interest him. Through few photographic projects in the favelas of Brazil, India, Armenia and recently in New-Orleans he wants study human in their environment. Alexis joined the Hans Lucas Studio in 2016..
Why do you photograph on film? Film will make you shoot a little differently. Because you only have a handful of frames per roll, you tend to be more careful and particular about releasing the shutter. Think shooting medium-format has helped me slow down, be a lot more conscious of each shot. For me there’s some magic to it, and it helps me focus on the present in a different way. I really love to developed roll of film and have the surprise few days later.
What is your work about? Ten years after Katrina, “Faubourg Treme” focuses on the daily life of the population living in one of the most legendary and historical districts of New Orleans when it comes to African-American culture : TREME. I decided to go back there, in order to observe the daily life of Treme’s inhabitants 10 years after the Katrina disaster. Music never left the city. Instead it exists in all the aspects of local culture, and has blended in each and every aspect of the city’s life : Religion, education, tradition ( specially jazz funeral and indians of mardi gras ) bars, streets, etc. With the yearly climax of Mardi Gras during which the entire city dances as one to the upbeat rhythm of the carnival and Indians. I worked about this different topics in order to understand better how work this city and his unique population. The Night, neighborhood far from the center liven up, a special atmosphere of places, the lights of bars outside give an unique aesthetic. Each and every space of Treme is inhabited by music, as a remedy against the bitterness of a life that has never been easy around there. This project aims at studying the traditions and life of these people who, after Katrina, were abandoned and left aside by all, as David Simon reminded us in his magnificent tv show “Treme”. It is an outlook on these men and women who live and sometimes even survive to the sound of brass. The beauty of exaltation and fervor triggered by music has become the center of my photographic approach to this subject.