Farid Goual was born in 1973, 90 km outside of Paris. He spent his teenage years with skaters and graffiti artists, listening to hip-hop. Street culture continues to influence his work. He dabbled in sculpture and collage before setting out on a tour of the world at 24, during which he began taking pictures. He refined his technique with classes in England and a position at a photo studio in Paris. His influences range from Larry Clark and the portraits of Richard Avedon to the more realist work of Nan Goldin. In 2002 he began taking pictures for the music world, and has spent the last eight years experimenting with the techniques that have come to define his work.
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