With a great eye for detail in his storytelling black and white photographs Frédéric Fontenoy belongs at the top of erotic artists.
Frédéric Fontenoy’s chambre noire is his ‘place of freedom’, not just the photographer’s darkroom but the black wallpapered room within his home in Paris where he has been creating these seductive scenes since 2006. A battered brass bed… Grandfather’s rugs… A stool from a charity shop on which the charcoal paint is never quite dry… With the curtains closed on his neighbours, Fontenoy’s world evokes the pre-Marthe Richard Law brothel. Fashions in pubic hair aside, his models resemble the sporting-house girls of E.J. Bellocq, whose overt – and marketable – sexuality is not the only focus of the images that capture them.