PORTRAIT and BIOGRAPHY
Born on April 29, 1959, Christophe Mourthé began as a theater and music-hall photographer at the age of 19. He finds his inspiration at Zeffirelli, Peter Stein, Giorgio Strehler, Dario Fo, Peter Brook, Frederico Fellini.
To those who ask him who his "masters" are, he prefers to mention these names, rather than a Newton or a Doisneau. Christophe Mourthé is a visionary, who perceives very quickly that the trends of society are rapidly changing rapidly in the early 80s. He quickly becomes un precursor of the school of "fetichits", absorbed later by advertising. The fetichism of Christophe Mourthé becomes a style in its own, heralding of a trend of fashion that will seize the haute couture later. His photos are rooted in both the tumultuous period of freedoms of the 70s, and in the "safe sex" period that will slow down the momentum of this period. Some new ways to live love are bonr, and fetichism is one of them. Christophe Mourthé belongs alose and mostly to the "Palace" generation, just like Mugler, Gaultier, Chantal Thomass, Nina Hagen, Blondie, Ardisson, Paolo Calia, Pacadis, Kenzo, Houellebecq, Pierre et Gilles , Lou Boutin... whose Fabrice Emaer was the spiritual father.
Christophe Mourthé rightly considers that the "Palace" period (1978 to 1983) brought him a certain blooming, another vision of life, sex and his freedoms. Ths allowed him to learn and personalize this own vision of art. "Those how lived in the Palace have made their lives a work of art"
The erotic imagery of Christophe Mourthé is one of the most spectacular results.
Fashion industry alse uses him. He collaborates with the biggest magazines (Playboy, at the age of 22, he was one of the main photographers of the magazine, Penthouse, New Look, Lui, Vogue, Mac) for which he photographs the most fashionable models to the rythm of his dreamlike images. Then come orders from the world of advertising (Dim, Rosy ... ), the major news agencies (Stills, Sipa, Sygma ... ) and record compagnies (Pouches, posters ... ). He creates a serie of portraits that strike as much by their authenticity (Mylène Farmer, Renaud, Higelin, Nougaro, Dick Annegarn, César, Hugues Aufray,Zeffirelli, Gassman ou Jean Marais among others) than by the staging as the service of the artist (Arielle Dombasle as the Statue of Liberty, Jean-Marie Bigard as Rodin's 'Thinker')
Patricia Kass, Hélène Séguara, Sheila, Michelle Torr, Pétula Clark, Jean Manson, Victor Lazlo, Lio, Line Renaud, Zizi Jeanmaire, Madame Clause, Ute Lemper, Dita von Teese all will pass in front of his lens.
It is he who will reveal Marlène as an image pin up on glossy paper.
By the quality of his work, Christophe Mourthé brings out the fetichism of his X ghetto at the dawn of the 90s before it was seized by the publicists. In 1993, an exhibit is organized in Paris and the photo book "Phyléa", considered as the book of the year in Europe, will sell to more than 17000 copies. He creates in photos the comic's erotic univers. The fetichism becomes accessible to the public. We display and exhibit it. The press is unanimous. "Fetish Dream" is published in Japan in 1994 et quickly become a collectible. The same year, Christophe Mourthé exhibits in Los Angelès and publishes "Marlène Love" in France.
In 1998, he publishes a new book "Femmes Fatales" and a 3D CD-ROM dedicated to the fetishist milieu in collaboration with Boutique Minuit, the high place of the fetish scene in Brussels. Every porn star call on the glamorous photographer who brings out in a sublime and idealized way their most intimate self and gives them an image that projects them in other media than those of the ghetto X.
In particular, Julia Channel and Clara Morgane will benefit from his work.
In 2001, Christophe Mourthé takes another path and turns a trilogy X produced by Colmax. On screen, his style is just as inimitable. The fusion of aesthetics and hardness gives birth to unique works, characterized by 'a sophisticated style, elegant, sometimes provocative, but always dotted with class and humor'. The launch of 'Sex Me' is a sensation. "True" sex, but without ever spoiling the universe characteristic of the author," writes Dutilleul in HotVideo.
"Colorsex" and "Amazonesex" will follow, then a very personnal Kamasutra, which is nowadays an absolute reference of an erotic pratice.
Les Editions de la Musardine publish "Scandal", with photos from every models who inspired the artist for the last twenty years.
in 2002, for the first time, a hundred of Christophe Mourthé photographics prints are sold at the Lutétia Hotel in Paris under the supervision of Maitre Cornette de Saint Cyr, master auctioneer and leading European expert in the field of photography. contemporary art.
An apotheosis and an unforgetable moment !
A year later, Canal + entrusted Christophe Mourthé with the production of three feature films. "Aphrodite's Castle" with Mélanie Coste, "The duel of Aphrodite" with Katsumi and "The mystery of Aphrodite" with Tiffany Hopkins, supported by the original music of Gérard Tellier, are shot in the most beautiful castles of Bohemia and create with the viewer an intimate relationship, devoid of any vulgarity, that appeals to the public, whether male or female. About these three films, Christophe Mourthé says: "By turning the three Aphrodites, I tried to idealize the animated image by making it full of glamor and tenderness, indomitable and sensual, and I hope to have succeeded. My biggest disappointment would be that a woman would be disappointed in the way I interpreted it, my goal has always been to portray the woman in an ideal way, but without making it inaccessible, in my opinion, Aphrodite is an example. the most successful ... "
By conducting the retrospective exhibition at the Knokke-Heist Cultural Center in Belgium, Christophe Mourthé succeeds Newton, David Bailey and Sam Lévin.
All of his work has been successfully presented in giant formats. A prestigious catalog keeps this exhibition in memory.