Portrait, Photographer Soo Hong 2023

I'm James Arzente, a portrait photographer based in Bellevue, Washington. I began my artistic journey as a painter in 1992, after moving to the US from France and attending the Museum School in Boston. My work can be found in various private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. 2014 I switched to photography to challenge myself and explore new avenues. As a self-taught photographer, I enjoy visually capturing people's stories and expressing individuality. My travels and experiences in the fashion industry have influenced my visual sensibilities. I spent a significant period living and working in France, attending The Marchutz School of Fine Arts in Aix-en-Provence. I later worked for the couturier Kenzo Takada, known for his signature Japanese-inspired look that mixed prints and materials. I started as a backdrop painter for fashion shows at the Grand Palais and other Parisian venues, eventually becoming a textile assistant and working there for three years.

 My personality and visual sensibilities developed from my experiences, including those of others. It's true that one's experiences influence who they are and the work they pursue. Depending on the complexity, my shoots usually last 4-5 hours. The process involves getting to know each other, reviewing concepts, shooting, reviewing images, editing, and selecting final prints. My studio setup is a simple, eight-foot black background, lights fan, reflectors, and cameras. The setup allows the focus to be on the individual being photographed, with no room for hiding. I treat each shoot and individual with equal importance and modeling experience is preferred but not required. I am open to working with those who may have yet to have the opportunity to work in this manner. If you are interested or have questions regarding pricing and availability, you can contact me through my website.