"The viewers need to find themselves or the life they would like to have in the brochures, on social media, or where ever the pictures appear."
I’m Patrick Curtet, french photographer working in Los Angeles and Paris.
I have been shooting all over the world for more than 20 years. I started out as a sports photographer during my first years, following a lot of races. Travelling became a second nature and I started to develop personal projects in countries I wanted to visit. Maharadja in India, The Forgotten Train in China, The Lost Trail in Peru, Senegal, Mali Niger, Mongolia and much more. Today I’ve concentrated my work around two pillars, cars and lifestyle. I really like shooting for the car industry. It has given me the opportunity to shoot cars, obviously, but also landscape, architecture and lifestyle. All those areas need to be covered in order to express the nature of the various cars we shoot. The viewers need to find themselves or the life they would like to have in the brochures, on the social media, or where ever the pictures appear.
"I was recommended to try the Phase One IQ160, and it was a complete game-changer. The camera and the back were doing the job I was expecting."
When I started out, and for a long time during my career, I’ve been working with analog film. When looking back, this was really challenging. One spot meter films and going on the road for four weeks without developing anything… Imagine the tension when you went to the lab after shooting on location for that long. But that was the game. Since the end of the 90s I have been shooting digital. I never hesitated to follow that path, even if the beginning was very difficult. Nowadays, life of a photographer is easier with digital. Cameras are more reliable and the instant result removes 90 percent of the stress. You can unleash your creativity and try new things with full control. I have been working with Phase One for two years. I have tried various brands and I have suffered on reliability. A camera you have invested a lot of money in was bringing me more stress than anything else. I was recommended to try the Phase One IQ160, and it was a complete game-changer. The camera and the back were doing the job I was expecting.
"Shooting what I wanted, when I wanted. I never had a single issue. And the quality was simply another world for me."
Shooting what I wanted, when I wanted. I never had a single issue. And the quality was simply another world for me. Even if I’ve had and I still have the best 24*36 on the market those would not maintain the comparison. Precision, quality, size and especially the possibility of enlargements. After one year of using the IQ 160, I bought the IQ250 and, believe it or not, I’m using both indifferently. Besides the XF Camera I’m using the Alpa system and having two different backs with different sensor size give me a full range of lenses. When I shoot cars where the client is really precise in how they want to see their cars, they give us some computer generated images as reference. Those are really accurate in terms of perspective. So to reproduce this at a certain distance and height, it’s really great to be able to choose one or the other back. For example having four lenses with my Alpa gives me eight different options as the sensor size are not the same. So you could always find the one you need.
Beside the quality of the files and the great color rendition, I really appreciate the reliability of Phase One digital backs.