Estelle Hanania’s photographs quite brilliantly meld the real and imaginary—the extraordinary and the incidental—to create contemporary visual folklore. While attending the School of Fine Arts in Paris, Estelle Hanania experimented with photography and honed her skills as a freelance art director. A month after receiving her degree, Hanania was awarded the 2006 Hyères Festival’s photography prize. Hanania has created remarkable publications since 2009, beginning with a self-published zine that marks her ongoing collaboration with performance artist Christophe Brunnquell, and Parking Lot Hydra (Decathlon, 2009). Myriorama (Gottlund Verlag, 2010), A Propos De Gisèle (in collaboration with choreographer Gisèle Vienne, JSBJ, 2011), and Dondoro (Kaugummi, 2011), are each distinct experiences of Hanania’s encounters and collaborations. Her most recent books; Glacial Jubilé (2013), Eternelle Idole (book and vinyl by Stephen O’Malley, 2015), and Happy Purim (2015) are all published with Shelter Press. In addition to her book-making, Hanania has exhibited her work internationally for the past ten years. For Estelle Hanania, the human form is an endless source of inspiration. Her capacity for balancing instinct, observation, improvisation and precision makes her images uniquely theatrical and unforgettable. Hanania’s photographs have appeared in publications including AnOther Magazine, Garage, Luncheon, M le Magazine du Monde, Mémoire Universelle, POP, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, American Vogue, and British Vogue. She has been commissioned by fashion brands including Dior, Gucci, Lemaire, Nina Ricci, and Smythson.
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