Leaf Credo 60
Colette Neuville is a young Paris-based photographer whose iconoclastic style transcends the expected fashion genre. She recently did a story for Flair Magazine, called City Animal, for which she used the Mamiya Leaf Credo 60 system. The first thing that Colette told us was that the Mamiya Leaf Credo camera system had been a ʻcoup de foudreʼ (literally ʻlightning strikeʼ), the equivalent English phrase is, ʻlove at first sightʼ.
We had the chance to interview her and asked her about how she got into the business of photography.
“There were analog cameras in my home, and when I was 10 or 12, I started using them. I took pictures to make memories. In school, I studied the history of art, switched to visual communication and then fashion design. After first developing as a stylist, I began to shoot editorials.”Colette Neuville
“I knew about Mamiya from other photographers and got in touch with Yair Shahar from Mamiya Leaf to try out the Mamiya Leaf systems. Since then Iʼve shot with both the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 and the Mamiya Leaf Credo 60 on shoots for Flair magazine.
“Iʼve worked with magazines as both fashion editor and photographer. I like to find a story for the collections. For this story (and the images here) I wanted to illustrate an animalistic trend this winter.
“I live in Montmartre, and tourists here are part of the picture. Iʼve been looking at a lot of Martin Paarʼs work and his series on tourists. In Paris, fashion is also part of the safari for the tourists. The excited mass of people on vacation is a positive crowd. The model went right into the crowds. She created a new story for these tourists and became almost anecdotal.”
We asked Coco about her postprocessing process & philosophy.
“The great thing about the Mamiya Leaf files is that their high resolution lets me go far in the image and correct things without it showing. Also, what you see it what you get, the colors come out so well that there is much less time needed for post processing. Cameras are basically about aperture, speed and sensitivity; Mamiya Leaf makes that very cool because itʼs so simple, clear. No gimmicks.
“Generally, I try to have the result of my image match whatʼs on the back of my camera. Iʼm interested in following what is real -- the accidents, the stories within the story. I have heard it said, and agree, that life is a million times more creative than imagination can ever be. This is the reason why you have to take it outside -- even if it rains.”