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Charlotte Abramow, Finalist


Charlotte Abramow met Paolo Roversi during a workshop at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010.

“She was the youngest one. She was only 16 years old. Her portfolio had impressed me. For someone so young, she had done an impressive amount of work. She started taking photos a few years ago. She got bored one summer and started taking pictures of flowers and cats. What luck, she moved onto something else! There are many photographers who lack Charlotte’s sensibility for finding faces, characters that reflect today’s fashion trends. I like the fresh and spontaneous aspect of her photos. At first glance, they seem simple, but there’s always a subtle idea behind them. Her work speaks of youth, femininity and fragility with humor and without artifice. Like many teenagers, Charlotte is vulnerable. She has doubts and worries. And yet she shows so much willpower, energy and the soul of a warrior. Her portraits bear witness to this ambivalence: girls in love but a little lost, funny but sad. Instead of copying the style of others, she developed her own: a palette of pastel colors, soft and light.”


In 2011, after winning the audience award at a photography contest in Belgium, Charlotte Abramow shot fashion spreads, magazine covers (including for ELLE Belgium) and other temporary exhibitions while still in high school. Now 20 years old, Charlotte studies photography at the Gobelins École de l’Image.


An excerpt from the article “La fragilité et l’âme d’une guerrière – Paolo Roversi est tombé sous le charme des images ‘spontanées et sensibles’ de Charlotte Abramow, 17 ans.”


Written by Paolo Roversi, interview conducted by Laurence Butet-Roch, published in POLKA magazine No. 14, Autumn 2011.

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