Born in 1954 in Paris. Lives and works in Paris.
Influenced by art history, and especially by painting, Patrick Faigenbaum specializes in a photography that can be connected to classical pictorialism: the position of the models, lighting, texture, grain, construction, framing, and colors—everything is worked as in a painting. Specializing in portraiture, since arriving at the Villa Medici in Rome in 1987, he has been interested in questions of family, genealogy, and our attachments to habitats. At that time, he was creating black-and-white portraits of the great Italian families in their immutable secular splendor, in atmospheres heavy with history. Since then, his photographs have become color, but have continued to investigate individuals and their relationship to the world, where they live, their history … in short, their identity. We find these notions again in 2013, in his series on Calcutta, produced in the wake of his winning the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson. Other cities followed, such as Bremen, Prague, and Barcelona, and in addition to intimate perspectives and portraits, he is interested in all other pictorial genres: still life, vanitas, landscape, and so on.
Found in both private and public collections (Metropolitan Museum in New York, Centre Pompidou, FNAC, etc.), Patrick Faigenbaum has exhibited in numerous institutions, such as the Villa Medici in Rome, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry (2014), the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (2015), and the Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona (2017). A number of publications have been dedicated to his work.