Erica Simone is a Franco-American photographer and artist, based between New York City, Los Angeles and Paris, France. Erica works on assignment for editorial, commercial and NGO clients from around the globe. Her images have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, New York Mag, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, PHOTO, PDN, NY Arts Magazine, Whitewall, Resource, Le Parisien, El Mundo, and many others. Simone’s photographs have been exhibited all over the world in festivals, solo and group shows as well as on TV and in documentaries.
IN HER WORDS
“I picked up a camera at 17 years old and I fell in love. The world began to mold into composition, drawing my eye into reflections of light and complex combinations of color. The stories in the wrinkles of the elderly became mysterious, architecture began morphing into alternate forms of existence, claustrophobic flows of people in the street brought stillness into my own observations — I found myself looking at the world in a completely different way.
Over the last ten years, photography has allowed me to experience many extremes of humanity: from the extravagance of the fashion industry to the still, deep forests of Cambodia; from raunchy nightclubs in Berlin to hill tribes in Vietnam, or from orphanages in the third world to Hollywood red carpet events. Photography helps me satisfy an incredible curiosity for life, while gracing it with unforgettable diversity.
Today, the goal of my work is to render all things beautiful: both physically and spiritually, and to put a smile on people’s faces as I do it. I strive to show the strength in the weakness, to bring out softness in the harsh, and to encourage everyone to appreciate and question every single molecule of existence. We are a curious bunch of beings living on a planet in the middle of outer space… every single thing about us should be pondered, explored and cherished.”