Christophe Agou is a street photographer from France, currently based in New York. He is a part ofIn-Public, and his published works include “Life Below: The New York Subway” and his newest book: “LES FAITS SECONDAIRES” ( SECONDARY FACTS).
Great having you Christophe! For those not familiar with you or your work, could you share how you first got interested in street photography?
In March of 1992, I moved to New York from a small town in France. I had a dream to pursue photography.
The city quickly became my muse. I began photographing on the streets and later on in the subways, feeling an almost “mystical force” leading me. Serendipity and chance encounters with photographers like Robert Frank and many other dedicated artists served to reinforce my dedication, as did the flow of invitations to gallery openings and photography events I received during one year addressed to “Mr. John B.,” the prior tenant and photographer of my apartment.
The energy of New York and human interactions has been sources of inspiration ever since I moved. At first I felt that the thousand-word picture was it. Then I realized it was not enough to convey my feelings. Storytelling became essential– working in a series, sequencing images with one another in order to create a visual narrative.
Inside Out was my first series of street photographs I made close to my home (Upper West Side NY 1995). I realized that human emotions exist right around the corner. At that time, I no longer feel the urge to travel halfway around the world to photograph existence.