Arnaud Montagard (b.1991) in Nancy, France, is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He was initially drawn to street art during his youth. Montagard saved up for his first camera to document the street art scene and his friends’ graffiti in his hometown in France. This passion led him to sleepless nights wandering around what became his playground: the streets.
There is a timeless elegance that Arnaud Montagard captures in his photography that echoes work by painters such as Edward Hopper. An isolated figure, lit beautifully, staring out of view or caught in his own thoughts. Or classic American diners with their strong retro shades and bold lines. What is impressive about Arnaud is that you’ll find the same subtly and eye for detail throughout his portfolio. Whether that is through his analogue film work or digital.
“highlighting lonely people in the crowded city of New York. My work is above all a story about lights. The sunlight creates geometrical forms and put the personage at the middle of the scene like if he was performing on stage. The strong shadows create a feeling that make the pictures look like paintings.”