Domesticated hen tamer, ladybird breeder, occasional gardener, gourmet and chef in his kitchen … Emmanuel Pierrot seems to have many tricks up his sleeve.
Yet, the maestro has been above all a distinguished photographer since he was a child. When he was still a teenager, his idealized pictures appeared in the local newspaper La liberté de l’Est : weddings, frolicking vacationers, gloomy news items… his curious mind picked up everything.
A guild certified photographer, an alumni of the Metz School of Fine Arts, he went on to work with James Wocjik in New York. There he started focusing on object staging and tried his hand at still life, a hazardous and sometimes boring exercise.
He shoots everyday life’s objects (…zzz…). His use of a combination of unusual materials, concepts and colours give them a poetic freshness ( houra !).
Back in France, he joins the Vu agency and starts his own studio. He works for many women’s magazines (because he needs to reveal his feminine side), Libération and LeMonde (because he was familiar with these as a child). Technikart (showing his subversive side), Philosophie Magazine, Psychologie…
The advertising world wants him (he signs campaigns for Orange, Weston, Shu Uemura, Martini…). Villeneuve d’Ascq National Theater asks him to design its new visual identity. Gallimard, Albin and Balland have him illustrate their best-sellers covers.
Today, his eye keeps structuring his stories. Emmanuel Pierrot nurtures his art in his studio in Saint-Ouen where advertising crews, art directors, editorial offices and other clients bask in the sun while the master fiddles with his lenses.
His amused eye on reality gives it a surrealistic outlook and his contemporaries enjoy it since, as Strinberg said, life is a huge self deprecating event.