Photography: fashion snapper Ismaël Moumin

With an eye for details, creative settings and pretty girls, it was only normal that we called upon Ismaël Moumin to shoot our upcoming Fashion Special showstoppers. The 26-year-old self-taught photographer, who graduated from the digital art department of Brussels’ Saint-Luc in 2003, worked as a retoucher for photographers such as Marc Lagrange and Jochen Braun, and is now the first assistant to Pierre Debusschere. After the jump, a short Q&A and selection of his work.

Photography Ismaël Moumin

When did you get into photography full-time?

About two years ago. I was initially a news photographer. I’m now mainly into fashion and retouching.

What drew you to this medium?

It’s a bit of a cliché, but when I saw the movie Blow Up, it was just like: “That’s what I want to do!”

What is your first ever memory about photography?

When I saw Blow Up.

How would you define your style/practice?

I’m still too new to photography to claim a style of my own. How about asking me the same question in 10 years?

Who are your top 3 favourite photographers?

Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca Dicorcia and Robert Frank.

Who/what is your Holy Grail? (A person, location, scene that you dream of capturing someday)

Woody Allen.

What’s your fondest photography moment?

My shoot for The Ones2Watch.

One that you would like to forget about?

Nothing so far!

What are the habits you get into whilst shooting? Is there one word you constantly use, or one person you always need with you as a lucky charm?

No shoot without Françoise Salinger.

What do you listen to in the studio?

Blonde Redhead, Nicki Minaj ft Eminem: Roman’s Revenge, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z: Monster