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27.02.2019

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Warm colours and poetic imagery: French Leica photographer Cédric Viollet shot a fashion spread with a Leica SL during a horse race in the Moroccan desert.

For the series Gallops of Morocco he did not make use of any models, or assistants, or specific locations. He simply worked with the conditions available to him in the moment.
In fact, the French photographer had been commissioned to document the week-long horse racing event, held for only the second time and covering a distance of 200 kilometres through the Moroccan desert. Because editors of the magazine in question trusted him, he was given the additional assignment of staging parts of current luxury item collections during the breaks in the race and capturing them with his camera.
In general, Viollet is not averse to taking risks: the Leica SL he used for the first time for this assignment was the only camera he took with him. Then, to avoid any sand getting into the equipment while changing lenses, he decided to take just one, a Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 Asph.

The whole series can be discovered in LFI 2.2019.
All pictures of the website: © Cédric Viollet
The desert in the Moroccan Sahara.
The horses were Arab-Berber, a cross between Arab and North African lines.
All protagonists of the series were participants of the race.
An abandoned desert town.

Cédric Viollet

Growing up in the French Provence, Viollet came to photography via skateboarding. Together with Fred Mortagne, he was soon documenting his friends’ tricks and flips, and portraying them with a Leica M6. After spending some time in London – where within a year, he established himself as a fashion photographer – he returned to France, living today in Paris. Cédric Viollet works on both commercial and personal projects.

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