Born in 1956 in France, Rafael Labro was exposed at an early age to modern painters such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. At the young age of 16, he is admitted at the Fine Art School of Nice and have his first solo exhibition “Photographisme” in 1973 with artworks created on photographic paper.
He starts his professional career as set decorator for Paloma Picasso and works for renowned French directors such as Roger Planchon and Patrice Chéreau. Attracted subsequently by photography, he establishes his name working for designers such as Yamamoto Kansai, Kenzo, Jean-Paul Gaultier and many big names while taking pictures for all major fashion magazines by ways of Paris, London, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong-Kong and Sydney.
Labro is though more interested in pure artistic expression than in his bread and butter fashion photography and continues exhibiting and creating art works between his busy schedule. Photography is his main medium during his 20 years of photographic career but he creates art photography in unconventional ways.
Pushing technological limits using custom lenses with prisms and mirrors or ignoring “good practice” photography by taking pictures under extreme conditions like the full moon light he is the “enfant terrible” of photography but obtains corporate backings being one of the few photographers sponsored by AGFA Gevaert and Apple Inc. He embraces the digital revolution in the 90’s to become the Pioneer of the Digital Photography and the Creator of Digital Expressionism.