To be fair I hadn’t realised just how enormous this French electronic music duo are. Dispatched off to Paris in the middle of 2011 to do a rare band photosession with a vague brief that the images should have a retro, film, Leica feel. Traditional film and processing being the order of the day. so I guess I got the gig because I must be one of the few photographers still alive who has a darkroom or can remember how to use one.
The location and event for the photosession was a video shoot for “Audio Video Disco” a new hit single and album track. As is often the case with video shoots the light was very very low, perfect for the latest high tech video camera technology in use, not so good for the low tech film in my camera. This moody nightclub atmosphere meant that using a digital camera was the only practical option. A film camera would require the film to be pushed to speed beyond 1600 ASA resulting in grainy smudges rather than usable portraits. So I switched my battered old Leica M4 film body to a new Leica M8 digital body that still used the same classic Leica lenses. Lenses that were probably older than most of the film crew, band, extras, groupies etc crowding the video studio. The images in this gallery fail because they don’t satisfy the original brief, they are all digital. Still it was an enjoyable weekend in Paris with Xavier and Gaspard looking after me .. perfect hosts. They were all great people, the band, the crew, everyone .. so I guess Justice deserve to be the biggest French electronic Duo in the world.