by Manuel Braun

by Manuel Braun

Raphaël Neal was born on 12th July 1980 in Orsay, France.
He lives and works between London and Paris.

His photographic work has been exhibited and published in France and internationally since 2005. The on-going series Bates Productions presents stills and posters of real actors starring in imaginary movies. Through self-portraits he explores themes which continually fascinate him such as solitude and seduction, boredom and imposture. His series de qui aurais-je crainte ? was entirely shot outdoors in locations containing no trace of civilization and pays tribute to the virtues of faith and independence. Shot in different countries, his series of self-portraits, IKWIG!, depicts characters who seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong moment. He recently finished a photo series inspired by movie memorabilia, Rescapee, followed by new pictures inspired by theatre and opera memorabilia shot mainly in Italy, Les Nouveaux vestiges. In 2015, Raphaël Neal released his first long feature in France and in the Unites States. FEVER tells the story of two young Parisian criminals. More infos here. He is the Opéra de Rouen 2017-2018 season's main photographer. He is now working on his second long feature, Nuée ardente (Burning cloud).