Benoit Paille

Genre: Photography

I don't know what his mother taught him, but Benoit Paille talks to strangers. As he travels all over the world, he approaches strangers, gets to know them briefly, then takes pictures of them. Contrary to the amateurish or taxonomic aesthetic of many conceptual photography projects, his photos are technically and compositionally flawless, as a textbook might have it, and close-up and careful as if it were a scheduled shoot rather than a man-on-the-street snapshot. In a recent addendum to his "Stranger" series, he invited strangers on the beach to take their own self-portraits using a remote shutter release - giving them control over their appearance at the moment the photo is taken.