Nanténé Traoré is an independent photographer and author.

After an art degree at the Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole in France, he moved to Paris, where he lives and works today.

While documenting intimacy and tenderness, it is through portrait, the direct encounter with faces and bodies that his sensitivity expresses itself. Dearly bounded to the almost sensual part of the analog photography, his work is processed by hand, in his lab. This approach permits him full control on his visual identity, and a greater exploration of what films can offer.

Always searching for a truer representation of the margins, his work is inspired by Peter Hujar’s discreet vision, with whom he shares the same necessity of tenderness and empathy with his subjects. Creating with bodies and their lines, the light they reflect, his works sublimates people’s intimacy and daily lives. He is especially attached to the trans community’s representation, and his portraits of trans people, far from any sensationalism, try to reveal a delicate intimacy, without disguising it.

On the other hand, his colorimetric explorations, as well as his candid staging, are creating series of vivid fantasies, halfway between the futuristic aesthetic of Bertrand Mandico and the glossy iconography of 80s fashion photographers. Obsessed with the imagery of icons, he sublimates shapes, bodies and figures, tipping them into an unreal universe, transforming his models into fictional characters. "I wanted to tell the story of my friends' lives, because I thought we were heroes": this sentence signed by Gabriel Gauthier in his novel Speed  sums up this side of the photographer's work, transforming his models as heroes and heroines, laying under his gelatins.

These two major lines of work, archiving and staging, seem to confront each other while nourishing one another, both seeking to create a living documentation of the present, and a new iconography.of the intimate.
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