FORMENTO + FORMENTO
Formento & Formento
As a couple in everyday life and a couple of photographers, BJ and Richielle Formento have met in 2005. He was a photographer and she was a production designer, they make an unmissable duo in which research and the treatment of ideas is constantly at work.
Work, essential for them, is for that matter the root of their encounter. Richeille was born in London 1975 and becomes an artistic director and designer for the greatest brands and independent labels, at the end of art and design studies. She was then working in fashion photography or for image banks when she met BJ. His father initiated him into photography at a very young age. Born in Honolulu in 1964, BJ goes to San Francisco in 1982 to follow a BFA in photography at the Academy of Art. In 1999, he goes to New York and becomes an assistant for the greatest photographers: Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Avedon as well as Annie Leibovitz. In 2001, he starts as a freelance photographer. The decor has an important place in their photographies. This is due to a will to create narrative images. Thus, numerous influences and references appear through their images: Hitchcock, Hopper, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton… These two artists create together their artwork, uniting their talents and oscillating between commercial and artistic photographies.