Becoming a photographer was at first, an excuse to travel the world, but soon became a life-long passion. After dropping out of University where I was studying International Law and Economics in France, I did a brief stint as a model which sparked my first interest in photography. I began my career in 2001, after working fashion photographer Nathaniel Goldberg. Early on, I focused mainly on travel photography, but since, have broadened my scope of work to include fashion and portraiture. I’ve been documenting the world ever since—traveling through more than 100 countries—from the most secluded shores of the Indonesian Archipelago, to the rough, mountainous terrains of Afghanistan.
I’ve been the recipient of many awards throughout my career, and my work is regularly featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and The New Yorker. I’ve also teamed up with renowned international advertising agencies such as M&C Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, McGarryBowen, JWT Worldwide to work on advertising campaigns for Starwood Hotels, The Walt Disney Company, MetLife, and Louis Vuitton, among others.
I was born in Versailles, France and currently live between Brooklyn, New York & Hong Kong. To see more of my work go to fredericlagrange.com
FOREWORD: Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and thirteen works of non-fiction, and has been traveling around Asia, and writing about Tibetan Buddhism, since 1985. His books include Video Night in Kathmandu, The Global Soul and The Art of Stillness, and his three recent TED Talks have received more than 8 million views. His work appears in twenty-three languages.
DESIGN: Matt Willey is a graphic designer and the art director of The New York Times Magazine. He is a co-founder of both Port Magazine (2011) and Avaunt Magazine (2015). In 2014 he was named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Creative Review, and was elected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2015. Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
PROJECT MANAGER: Gretchen Lagrange is a designer and creative director in both New York City and Hong Kong. She has spent the majority of her career in magazines with international publishing giants Condé Nast, Hearst, and Time Inc., among others. She has traveled and worked with Frédéric for the past 15 years (and is also his partner).
Designer Matt Willey (right) and I working out the book spreads on the floor of my Brooklyn studio.