Allude & Friends: Photographer Anne Combaz on Selfies and Sydney
Just a couple of weeks ago photographer Anne Combaz was busy taking pictures backstage in Paris at our Allude Fall/Winter 2015/2016 show. It was not the first time we’ve worked with her – and gladly so. Anne’s sensibility and keen eye for those special moments when fashion, beauty and emotion blend together to create an almost poetic image have made her one of our dearest creative collaborators. Apart from Allude her client base includes brands such as Burberry, Chanel and Diesel, as well as the magazines Bite and Schön.
We asked Anne, who is not a woman of many words but precise in her answers, about her work, which she started in Cairo ten years ago, her lifestyle and cultural choices and the perfect selfie. Enjoy!
How do you start your day?
I put on my contact lenses.
Which beauty product do you rely on most?
The coolest song on your iPod or iPhone?
Definitely “Sa Jeunesse” by the one and only Charles Aznavour. There is, by the way, a fabulous tribute album of the same name that many amazing French artists recorded in his honour in 2014, featuring his greatest hits. I highly recommend it!
How would you describe your own style?
As a photographer with varying assignments I dress quite casually. And mostly in black (s. picture).
Can you remember your first garment made of cashmere?
A pullover that I got as a gift. I still own it.
What is your favourite piece of the Allude collection?
I absolutely love the super-cozy cashmere plaids in the Home Collection.
Do you recall an anecdote about Andrea Karg you’d like to share?
We first met while I was taking pictures backstage at her fashion show in Paris. I later discovered that she tries on each sweater herself to check its fit. Andrea Karg is passionately engaged in every detail and highly professional. I truly admire her business sense!
When did you discover your passion for photography?
As a child my dad gave me a small, very simple camera. That’s what got me hooked.
What are the “ingredients” of a great image?
The choice of framing, meaning the image’s composition, and the lighting, of course.
Please share some technical advice for smartphone photographers and/or selfie addicts.
Well, the best advice I can share is: use a photo app that gives you control over exposure and experiment with over- and underexposure. That way you’ll get more quality out of almost every snapshot.
Your greatest treasure?
My dog and my birds.
Your most amazing assignment as a photographer so far?
Travelling to the amazing metropolis Sydney to take pictures of Chanel’s exhibition showcase “The Little Black Dress”. While there I had the opportunity to photograph Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. And I fell in love with the city itself. I can’t wait to get back there!
What makes you happy?
Being in nature – offline and in the moment.
Your favourite book?
The historical novel Salambo by Gustave Flaubert, which he published in 1862. It is set in Africa’s northern regions and tells a fascinating story that takes place during a huge revolt of mercenaries, right after the First Punian War, which began in 241 BC.
Your favourite movie and / or favourite TV series?
The Godfather, Part 3, starring a marvellous Al Pacino.
What talent would you like to have?
I wish I could sing well.
What are your dreams for the future?
To be able to work in my dream job for as long as possible.
What or whom would you like to photograph
I’d love to take pictures of wolves, of cave paintings and of a chocolate maker doing his delicious magic.