Stéphane Kossmann, born in Tours, France, studied the art of photography at the Shoreline Community College in Seattle. He has since received international recognition and appraisal for his work photographing celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival for the past 28 years.
His work, influenced by the painters Rembrandt and Mark Rothko, and the photographer Albert Watson, plays with light in tandem with the lines and forms of the human body, and therefore, consists of a unique style that merges the characteristics of photography with those of painting.
His fascination with crowds, how they form, and what and whom they are composed of, has raised and highlighted many important themes in his work including globalization, individualization, and diversity.
Stéphane has produced two books, Black & White Carpet, and Observations sur les marches de Cannes (Observations on the Steps at Cannes). His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and at film festivals, including the French Alliance in NYC in 2014, the American Film Festival in Deauville, France in 2007, the FNAC gallery in Madrid, Spain in 2006, the Edward Miterrand Gallery in Switzerland in 2004, and the Geneva International Film Festival in Switzerland in 1996.
Cannes served as his massive, outdoor gallery in 2004 and 2005, when his photographs were displayed on 100 square meter posters around the city. His work also received international attention for being showcased in 2006 in Paris during the European Month of Photography, a festival that takes place in November only every other year.