L'Habit Fait Le Moine, or Clothes Make The Monk, is a collection of images born out of a role Charles did not wish to play. Feeling uneasy photographing the faces of the guests whilst working as a photographer for the private parties of the Beijing elite, Charles felt drawn to the surroundings, the clothes, activities taking place in other rooms or corners, and photographed them, finding them more alive than the people present at the soirée.
From the series L'Habit Fait Le Moine
Charles-Henry Bédué is a French photographer, born in 1980 and currently based in Paris. He studied at ESAG Penninghen, and completed a Master’s Degree in 2003, living and working in China from 2007 to 2013. His work forms both a personal and existential study of the world around him, perpetually toeing the line between figuration and abstraction. He has had his work selected for Fotobookfestival Kassel, Foam Talent 2014 Exhibition, Rencontres d’Arles, and Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, and has produced work on behalf of Paris Photo, M.E.P., Polka Magazine, and been featured in GUP Magazine, It’s Nice That, Paper Magazine, Foam Magazine, Feature Shoot, Fisheye Magazine, and Boum!Bang!, among others. He won the prestigious Bourse du Talent 2016 for fashion photography, and has a solo exhibition in Autumn 2016 at the Finnish Museum of Photography.
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