STEPHANE NOEL

PHOTOGRAPHER - BELGIUM

Stephane Noel is a Belgian photographer.  In his work, Stephane is gloriously old-school, dedicating his professional efforts to explore the gum bichromate printing process, a 19th century technique.

Stephane approaches his work as a personal quest to explore and enjoy people and cultures.  The camera becomes his passport to open doors and create opportunities to exchange ideas and communicate with openess and respect.   

Also central to Stephane's artistic practice is his strong desire to share his technical knowledge, to put his expertice into the service of others.  He wants his work to serve as a visible, material bridge between technology and emotion. 

After many years of trial and error with the gum bichromatic process, his works now bring him a sense of satisfaction.  He confidently knows that the countless hours of experimenting and strict adherence to old-school handcraft methods are now revealing a new vibrance and warmth in his photographs.  He can now share with us more of the emotion he feels when taking these portraits. 

The photos also give us a glimpse into the emotion he shares with the friends he makes along his journey in life. 

 



— Introduction

— Stories & Photos

THE LAST CHARCOAL BURNERS OF CUBA 2011-2016

LOS ULTIMOS CARBONEROS

THE LAST CHARCOAL BURNERS OF CUBA 2011-2016:

LOS ULTIMOS CARBONEROS

Severo-2016

Severo 2016

Trough this project, I wanted to pay tribute to those manual laborers who are symbols for an endangered profession.

 

Severo-2011

Severo 2011

They are probably the last generation of men and women unremittingly performing the same ritual in order to perpetuate this noble ancestral know-how of the slow metamorphosis of wood into charcoal.  An extraordinary meeting with humble and pure people, proud of their labor and the superhuman work which they carry out with such amazing dignity.
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Guillermo 2016

Many sincere and respectful relationships were forged during these intense moments. They gave me a lot, and I hope, through this work, to sincerely and respectfully thank them. These men and women, with their magnificent spirit, their courage, generosity, and simplicity of life, sometimes appeared to me as living gods, who, with their eyes full of emotions, provide us with a large and beautiful lesson about life which forces us to question...

WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND...

WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND...

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