Other than his art, Francois-Marie Banier (1947), a novelist, playwright, photographer and artist, is well noted for his high profile acquaintances. Salvador Dali used to send his car to bring the then 16 year old Banier to his hotel, to discuss art. He knew Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Samuel Beckett, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, among others.
Being a writer and photographer, we present here Mr. Banier’s work in the combination of the two, for him, interdependent practices. His photographs show a completed story in the culmination, which he then expands with spontaneous writing on large-format black and white prints. The main protagonists of these multimedial stories are, and in spite of Mr. Banier’s social profile, anonymous but quite memorable people of the streets – bearing complex life stories that yet are strikingly obvious for an accomplished photographer and artist.