Martine Fougeron

I read about this woman in American Photo. She was chosen as one of the year's emerging photographers. She takes pictures of her two adolescent sons as they lounge around their homes in Greenwich Village and the south of France. (Must be nice.)

Her photos are really amazing. I just had this discussion with Mark, about how great photography isn't just about making sure your aperture, shutter speed and lighting are correct, but about connecting with your subject.

I need more subjects. Every weekend Mark goes somewhere with someone to take their picture. I need to start doing that, too.

Back to Martine, the series of her sons is called Tête-à-Tête.

Tête-à-Tête is a series of intimate portraits of the artist's two adolescent sons and their friends, taken in their home in New York City as well as in the South of France.

Naturally observed, this on-going series brings the artist face-to-face with her teenage sons as well as the private world of adolescent boys.

Begun in the fall of 2005, the work explores adolescence as a liminal state, between childhood and adulthood, between the feminine and the masculine and between innocence and a burgeoning self-consciousness.

The Tête-à-Tête series represents an ongoing look at the adolescent boys' heightened journey into self-discovery.

You can buy the exhibition catalog for $30 at photo-eye Bookstore.