“Photography for me is a means to explore the deeper meaning of life. Through my camera, I seek to uncover the untold, to reveal the invisible; I try to catch a glimpse of the inner soul of my subjects. I hope to take those who see my work on a mystical journey to another universe. Similar to when one meditates, certain photos can transport us to a spiritual world where one can reconnect with nature and find strength and harmony within oneself.”
Zack was born and raised in France. He also credits his Italian ancestry, together with his travels throughout the world, for shaping his creativity and humanistic perspective.
Since a young age, Zack has had a passion for the visual and performing arts. After pursuing a formal education at the prestigious Cours Florent drama school in Paris, he started a successful career as an actor.
His first serious encounters with photography happened during trips to Morocco and South Africa. There, fascinated by the light, the scenery, and the wildlife, Zack realized that through his camera he could not only capture the beauty of the moment, but he could also express more than what the eye can see.
A new passion was born.
After settling in Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career, Zack’s photography endeavors stretched from professional photo shoots for actors and models to a head-first dive into the world of fine art photography.
At the heart of Zack’s art is humanism — a belief in the self and individual dignity, which not coincidentally was the cornerstone of art in the Italian Renaissance, a distinctive facet of Zack’s heritage and consciousness.
Renaissance artists were also driven to depict real-life human appearances, otherwise known as naturalistic art. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and others of this time featured beautifully modeled human bodies in complex poses. In many of his works, Zack paints the human body with gold — which magnifies the pure essence of the soul while at the same time providing nourishment and protection. The word “renaissance” means re-birth, and the gold paint both nurtures and repairs — much like the Japanese artist of the 15th century, Kintsugi, who used gold as a way of bringing new life to objects (by repairing their cracks with gold). Ultimately, the gold enhances the figure’s imperfections instead of completely hiding them, and the finished form is thus sublimated into a jewel of Creation.
Clearly then, Zack aims to celebrate human worth and individual ability. His women, like divinities in the antique world, are multi-faceted. Some exude strength and determination, like Diana the hunting goddess. Others epitomize beauty and love, like Venus. Still others embrace fertility and motherhood, like Ceres. Zack’s lens cherishes the life-giving, life-perpetuating force that is represented in a woman’s body, modeled to express her inner dignity and emotional resourcefulness. Zack’s men are shining, triumphant and powerful — like swords that cut through confusion, distortion and darkness to reveal all that is light and truthful.
Another Renaissance element in many of Zack’s collections is nature and the natural world, often represented by the shapes of a garden, delicate flowers, butterflies or shimmering water. Just as his Italian artists did many years before him, Zack aims to understand the laws of nature and the physical world, and to explore the inherent connection between human beings, mother nature and the universe.
Zack is on a journey to explore and to question. Wit, beauty and truth are what he hopes to find and convey. Viewers are invited to go on that journey with him, in the Collections contained herein.