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Page 18: 1992, I do internships with Dean Collins, the grand master of new Photography in San Francisco, and with Jean Paglioso for Fashion in Santa Fe.

Always on the lookout for new opportunities, I never missed a chance to improve my performance. Photo Sessions: Helen, Michèle West, Karen, Petra Lindblad, Barbara.

Michele West, si féminine, si classe.

With a combination of wit and the ability to reduce complicated concepts to workable solutions, Dean Collins was the Dean of photographic instruction. God of Lighting, Lighting Rock Star, the late great Dean Collins has been called many things, and all of them point to the fact that he knew light better than, perhaps, anybody else you’ve ever studied under.

Collins, born in 1953 in Oceanside and a 1970 graduate of Vista High School, was renowned for his lighting and camera techniques as well as educational videos and seminars.

Upon hearing of the death, Roger Daines, president of the Professional Photographers of California, posted a Web site message recognizing Collins as his mentor and writing that Collins "was to photography like Edison was to electricityóó a creator and innovator."

In his early 20s, Collins began giving lectures in lighting and technique after starting his professional career at Dunlap-Tierney Studies in Los Angeles County. He subsequently spent several years in Europe learning in advanced commercial photo studios.

Much of his work focused on controlling light and understanding its behaviour in capturing images. In the early 1980s, he and a partner founded Finelight Publishing and refined the publishing of photo lighting materials.

In 1990, he began experimenting in electronic imaging, leading to a close association with Adobe Systems. Collins' company,Software Cinema, now produces a variety of training resources for Adobe's Photoshop software program.

"He passed those on to photographers worldwide who laud him for helping them open their eyes," Whitehouse said.

Collins always displayed a keen wit and engaging style when conducting a seminar, Whitehouse and Harrison said.

"He was dynamic and charismatic and very funny," she said. "Some people keep their inner music inside. He let his music out his entire life."

Collins' work included production of catalogues, corporate photography and portraits of the rich and famous, including late President Ronald Reagan, the Washington Redskins football team and other professional athletes.

"From the day they gave him his first camera, he just became absolutely obsessed," Kip Collins said. "He was an incredibly busy guy who lectured all over the world and was very free with his knowledge and about his photography."

Collins was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America and held an honorary degree from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Séances photo : Helen, Michèle West, Karen, Petra Lindblad (top modèle photographiée aussi par Peter Linbbergh), Barbara.

Jean Pagliuso began her career in photography in 1969, quickly rising within the field of fashion photography. Her 30-year career as a fashion photographer broadened to include collaborations with the film director Robert Altman, as well as Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. In the mid-nineties she departed from her earlier commercial and fashion work and began to experiment with different alternative printing processes, including photogravure.

A frame and a P42 canvas with EC-1 clamps which allow orientation in all directions.

As far as modifiers go, Dean use his own scrims made of translucent ripstop nylon to create large banks of soft light. In fact, in the 1980’s, he manufactured and sold these lighting panels, including the P42, so named because it was 42 square feet (6×7 feet). Dean preferred these panels because they were infinitely more flexible than softboxes because you could vary the distance betwee

Among the multiple possibilities of Lightform

Two Lightform P22 with white canvases, one transparent with a cobra flash, the other reflective, in a deserted house on Stone Island in Mexico

Richard Avedon: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks. He’s implicated in what’s happened, and he has a certain real power over the result.”

Del Mar Fair, California.

Helen in Jamaica.


Barbara in the Bahamas

Joddie near Monte Carlo

I photographed Petra Lindblad, the famous model, in Hollywood in 1993.
Petra was also photographed, among others, by the renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh for the magazine Vogue France.
I would later Peter Lindberhg later, at his home on rue de Savoie in Paris, to give him introductory courses to computers, and even later, in September 2016 at a signing session in Taschen.

Black panels all around to prevent the background light from creating a loss of contrast


Thanks to Nigel Atherton for the A.P. publication.

No, I didn’t set the palm trees on fire. They were already on fire and I took advantage (of the fire).

Elen in Little San Salvador, Bahamas, deserted island owned by Norwegian Caribbean Line (Cruise Line) around 1984

Jacquie Roussos

Cette photo a été prise le matin de la mort de John Lennon.
J'ai vu l'original le 04 dec 2021 à l'éxposition d'Annie Leibovitz à L'Académie des Beaux-Arts.

On December 8, 1980, Annie Leibovitz took the most iconic photograph in rock ’n’ roll history. Shot for Rolling Stone.
John Lennon, the former, late Beatles singer is nude, curled in a fetal position around his wife. Eyes closed, he kisses her cheek and frames her head with his arm.
Hours after Leibovitz took her tender Polaroid, a jealous former security guard named Mark David Chapman fatally shot Lennon outside his building, the Dakota, on New York’s Upper West Side. When Rolling Stone published Leibovitz’s photograph on its January 22, 1981, cover, Ono was a widow and the world was mourning the legendary rock star. The picture ultimately documented the celebrity couple’s last hours together, and perhaps a depiction of their final kiss. In 2019, it still stands as one of history’s greatest images of both love and loss.

Here are about 620 examples of my photographic event coverage since 1984, that is to say, 30 years. This is without counting those which my clients have requested that I do not show and photos that have been lost.

I know it's enormous.
No, I am not a photographic robot: my mother had me tested

This list begins with the compilations: Fashion & Models, Lingerie, Beauty, Makeup & Hair, Portraits, Events, Objects, Archi & Deco, Industry, Press, Celebrities, etc.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2021). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.

Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
I have loyal customers, a sign that they are satisfied with my services. Examples: Tollens, MEDEF, Dior, GMF, Unesco, L'oréal, Anaé, Agefiph, Essilor, Genzyme, Embassy Ireland, The Advertisers Club, Garmin, VW, etc. ...

Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.

In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!

Conclusion 3: Photography is my language

There is also a search command, not always up to date, but pretty comprehensive on all my reportages.

Due to manipulations between prisedevue.photos, prisedevue.photos and famousphotographer.com, some links may be broken. Sorry. I'm working on it !



Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.

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