Born January 1st 1964 in Brest, France, Thierry Le Gouès begins his career as a photographer at 22 years old for the group Conde Nast Italy. Mainly known as a fashion photographer, he has worked for publications such as French Magazine (a magazine he co-founded), Marie-Claire, Allure, Vogue, Glamour, Vibe, ELLE, Flaunt, ID Magazine, The Face, Amica, Citizen K, Numero… He also made many advertisement campaigns for the likes of Nike, Hermès, Zadig & Voltaire, Moschino, Redskins, Lavazza, Yves Saint Laurent, Antik Batik, Paco Rabanne, Replay or le Printemps.
He is most famously known for the three books he published. Soul (1998) established his style and earned him much praises: he photographed black naked models in front of a white background, giving impression to the viewer that they’re almost sculptures. Amazones (2005) confirmed his interest for black models. This time, he worked with fashion designer Paco Rabanne around the idea of metal: the designer is indeed known for his metal dresses and he gave access to the photographer to all his dresses and accessories to clothe his models.
The idea is not to make a retrospective work, but rather to show the contrast between the shining metal and the black skin. The photographer said that he wanted to give his book an “erotic dimension,” a dimension that is often very present in his work as he often photographs fashion models and nudes. At last, the photographs of his book Popular (2001) were shot in Cuba and show the country in its various dimensions and contrasts.
In 2003, he was hired to make the visuals for Tori Amos’ first best of album, Tales of a Librarian. He pictured the artist as a sexy and elegant librarian with a kind of 40-50’s style.
He also made the visuals for Alicia Keys third album, As I Am (2007) and directed two music videos: the video “Fight to Win” for Femi Anikulapo Kuti in 2005 as well as the video “Imagine One Day”, shot in Maroco for Grace in 2008.