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French Fred

Yesterday evening I was invited to the opening of an exhibition at Leica Gallery Frankfurt: Cruis’n Elements with photos by Fred Mortagne, Hugh Holland, Jeff Divine, John Witzig, LeRoy Grannis and Patrick Trefz.

I love the surfer and skateboarding lifestyle and really enjoyed the images. It was nice to meet Fred Mortagne (aka French Fred) from Lyon and chat a little about his work. If you’d like to have a look for yourself, the exhibition runs until 27th of August and is free of admission. It’s downtown in Frankfurt at the Leica Flagship Store.


Me and Fred (shot by Iris).

I really enjoyed how Fred uses a very graphic approach to photograph skaters. It’s all about shapes, lines, light and shadow. Very much like in architecture photography but with adding the cool skating touch to it.

Here’s a skater video by Fred, so you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about: