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Julien Apruzzese (France)

Julien Apruzzese was born in Paris in 1979. He now lives in the southern suburb of Paris, is married and has a daughter.
Being passionate about science applied to art, he started his career as a sound engineer in 2000 and opened the sound mixing and recording studio Di Notte in 2006.
Ten years and four awards later, Julien Apruzzese wanted to turn to another form of art.
He bought his first camera in 2012. A self-taught photographer, he opened the “Julien Apruzzese Photographie et Retouche” studio in 2013.
His photography aims to get closer to dreams and is inspired by painting. Today, Julien Apruzzese makes dreams come true in images for professionals and individuals alike.


Being passionate about science applied to art, I first pursued what I had always dreamed of – the exciting career of a sound engineer. After ten years of magical life and four awards, I wanted to turn to another form of art.
So I bought my very first camera in 2012. I did not know which one to choose. Without any knowledge in photography yet, chance or luck (but I found out it was luck much later), brought me to a magazine advertisement on the X100. It seemed to match my needs but I could not say why at that point.
This piece of equipment seemed to perfectly embody photography thanks to a clever mix of tradition and modernity. And as I worked harder and harder on my photographic skills, the X100 became my daily companion and my best teacher as it focused on what was
essential in photography.
Then I used the X-E1 with the XF35mmF1.4 R lens and in 2013, a revolution – an update featuring the WYSWYG (What You See is What You Get) option – urged me to use the manual mode for good.
And this same year I opened my photography studio in the south of Paris.
The studio became more and more renowned and in 2014, the X Series was mature enough to release the X-T1 which I was honoured to purchase together with the XF56mm F/1.2 R and XF23mm F/1.4 R lenses.
And shooting in manual mode became like playing the piano, with my right hand on the shutter speed dial and aperture ring, my left hand on the ISO sensitivity dial and my eye to the viewfinder which displayed all my adjustments in real time.
In addition, I could view my shot for 0.5s in a revolutionary electronic viewfinder, which made it possible to never take my eyes away from the scene.
Today, the X Series is an essential part of my photographic work, and I think the X-T1 is perhaps one of the best cameras ever produced. These words may sound a little strong, but I think that time will prove them right.
The X Series saw the beginning of my passion for photography, helped me be what I am today, and has thereby won my utmost respect.