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My name is Haze. I’m a French photographer based in Strasbourg (France). Younger, I had difficulty in planning ahead. In any case, I shall never have thought of becoming a photographer. I first studied music and attended several schools, I’ve been to the conservatory and had several mentors to learn about what I thought to be my future: Pianist. But in the middle of 2009, I took the painful decision to give up on music. Lack of maturity? Fear of the unknown? Anyway, I love music but building a career as musician did not seem to suit me.

I spent two long years to ask existential questions to myself. I began working in an association, organizing cultural events in my hometown. We needed images to promote our events but didn’t have the budget to hire a videographer. So I decided to buy a camera and in 2010 started filming our events, and the results seemed to please the public. People asked me later on if I was doing it for a living and if I was interested in doing so for their events. That’s when I decided to become a professional videographer.

Things changed in 2011, when my girlfriend introduced me to hip hop. I always loved watching battles but never attended such events before that year. With her help, I created Blackdough and we started covering events and made photo reports for Ready 2 Rumble, NOW dance saar (Germany), Universal Dancers and Need for Dance (Strasbourg). I worked for RedBull, and got to shoot for major events like the festival Juste Debout (Paris) and the Notorious IBE (Heerlen). In 2013, I had the chance to cover the 20th anniversary of the legendary french crew Wanted Posse at La Villette (Paris).

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With a few video projects still going on, photography quickly took over video, and I began diversifying my work. I came back to music, but this time as a photographer. My music background helped me having that little something more that made my pictures stand out. Ryan Leslie, Roy Hargrove, Gregory Porter, Angie Stone, Vicelow, I am and Franck McComb were some of the artists captured by my camera.

I decided to create Hk Visuals in 2013. Even though I loved attending hip hop dance events I became frustrated with time. I wanted to photograph the artists somewhere else that in their usual workplaces. At the end of 2013, I finally took the step and started working with local dancers. As the project got bigger, I began meeting amazing artists along my journey.

I am now specialized in performing arts photography and have been mainly developing this series entitled “InMotion”. First dedicated to dancers, it is now opened to circus artists and athletes. I’ve met incredible souls so far and I’m always amazed by the effort and dedication these individuals put into their craft.

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Pascal Molat (San Francisco Ballet), Miriam Kacerova (Stuttgart ballet) Vanesa Garcia (Grands ballets Canadiens de Montréal), Edouard Doye (Cirque du Soleil), Dave Scott (Hollywood Choreographer), Anastasia Skukhtorova (Pole dance champion), Stéphane Déheselle (PUMA the quest / Winner of Juste Debout), are some of the amazing artists I have worked with. I’m just trying to freeze the details we usually don’t see in a movement. I try my best to emphasize the art of these extraordinary people with my gritty, edgy pictures. I’m pushing my vision further every day, choosing and working in unusual locations like the Palace of fine arts in San Francisco, The Stadtbibliothek in Stuttgart, or the National and University Library in Strasbourg. I hope I will be able to carry this project worldwide to reach foreign less known cultures. If I do, you can be sure that I will share my experience with you.

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Le parcours de cet artiste montre bien qu’il est difficile de trouver sa voie. Il s’est consacré à la musique pendant plus de vingt ans. Une formation classique au conservatoire qui, au fil des années, a dévié vers le Jazz et la culture musicale noire américaine. Il va croiser Michel Lotz, Pascale Beck, Gregory Ott, Olivier Hutman ou Benoît De Mesmay sur son chemin. Cet artiste, c’est Andriamampandry Tiana (pseudo Haze Kware), et il est aujourd’hui, et depuis 2011, un réalisateur Vidéo et Photographe Strasbourgeois. Une vocation tardive pour la photographie? Non, plutôt une révélation. Aujourd’hui, vous et moi pouvons acquérir un appareil photographique de qualité, mais cela ne fait pas de nous, forcément , de bons photographes. Nous n’avons pas cette capacité à percevoir l’instant, le bon moment, la bonne lumière…bref, le meilleur objectif au monde ne remplacera jamais l’œil du photographe.

Il commence par la vidéo et couvre des évènements comme le festival contretemps 2011 / 2012, mais très vite il se rend compte que c’est à travers la photographie qu’il arrive à exprimer ses émotions. 2011 est une année importante. Il couvre des battles de Hip Hop entre l’Allemagne et la France (Ready 2 rumble, NOW dance Saar, Need for dance). En 2012, il collabore avec Redbull et gagne en notoriété en photographiant des évènements hip hop d’envergure entre 2013 et 2014 ( Juste Debout à Paris bercy et The Notorious IBE à Heerlen). Fin 2013, HazeKware couvre un événement exceptionnel, les 20 ans du Wanted Posse, un des crews de danse Hip Hop le plus titré au niveau mondial.

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Mettant à profits sa formation musicale, il a développé un regard unique sur la photographie de concert. Ses clichés d’Abraham inc. Vicelow, Ryan Leslie, Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove et I am, entre autres, en sont le témoignage de la justesse de son regard de musicophile.

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Mais Tiana Andriamampandry est aussi un créatif et, en 2013, il décide de créer HK Visuals et se consacre au shooting photo parce que, sur les événements, même s’il y a la magie de l’instant et de l’imprévu qui apporte son lot d’excitation, un sentiment de frustration s’installe. Plutôt que de subir l’événement, il décide de le créer en montrant l’imperceptible dans la perfection du geste des danseurs.

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Son expertise, son expérience des cultures urbaines, en particulier la culture Hip Hop, et ses rencontres l’ont amené à élargir son champ d’action. Tout naturellement, Fin 2013, “InMotion – My life in movement” vit le jour, se focalisant sur l’expression corporelle et la mise en scène dans des lieux atypiques. Il travaille avec des Strasbourgeois, danseurs (classique, hip hop) et gymnastes (gymnastique rythmique), internationaux comme Dave Scott, un chorégraphe américain (Step up 2 et 3, You got served, Battle of the year). Les shootings se sont enchaînés avec Stéphane Déheselle (champion du monde en expérimental – Juste Debout 2013), Milad Rowdy (champion du monde de Krump) et à la fin de l’été 2014, il part aux Etats-Unis pour de nouvelles rencontres photographiques. A New York, il travaille avec Lil O’ Godson (finaliste Juste debout, et candidat à So you think you can dance), Martina “Androïd” Heimann (finaliste Juste debout) et Juliet Doherty (jeune danseuse montante actuellement à l’affiche de “Little dancer”). A San Francisco, il travaille avec Pascal Molat, danseur principal au San francisco Ballet, et enfin, Marlo Fisken, championne américaine de Pôle dance en 2011.

 

– Andriamampandry Christian –

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