After a brief stay in 1991 at the Haute École de photographie Le 75 in Brussels, Yves decided to leave school in order to learn in the field. He then worked as an assistant in a studio for a year and a half. At the end of 1992, he started his own business but continued his training with professional photographers. In 1994 he decided to go to Paris and thanks to his training and his eye, he was lucky to be able to work for one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world as well as some photo-studios in Paris where he meet the big names in photography including Patrick Demarchelier Helmut Newton or Richard Avedon. Next to this, he works for his own account and in 1996 signed his first Elle Cover. The same year he decides to leave for the Eastern countries to join the agency for which he worked in Paris. The 2000s marked his return to Luxembourg to open his first studio. Since 2007 he has shares his life between Luxembourg and Paris. He finds his inspirations especially in 'Film Noir' from the 1940s to the 60s, he loves to include clichés in his work, but shows them his own way. He loves to add drama, exaggerated femininity in his images. He loves strong, self-confident women with lots of sex appeal and he loves rock ‘n’ roll. Often he shows them as sensual or weak. Most of his personal projects he plays like music on the piano with black and white notes. He loves the contrasts of deep blacks and light whites. Sometimes he looses himself, like Marco Valdo in the novel by Italo Calvino, into the classic and modern urban world in search of the light that caresses the stones of buildings and the skin of models. He started teaching classes for the camera brand like Leica and continues to share his 30-year career experience in Yves Kortum Education.
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