Fred Mortagne aka French Fred’s Moody & Monochromatic Images Redefines the Stye of Skate Photography
- Alexander Lendrum
It’s safe to say that today’s landscape of skate photography is overwhelmed with incredible talent; the industry of photography as a whole is obviously booming, from OG legends still killing the game to self-taught amateur firecrackers that have racked up thousands in followers. But while there’s a clear saturation in the market for photographers in general, not many can claim a unique signature style that becomes synonymous with their name. Hailing from France, Fred Mortagne–who runs by the simple moniker French Fred–is one of those few that has carved out his own place within skate photography. His images are immediately impactful and incredibly captivating from its clean, monochromatic approach that turns each action shot into a scene the could easily sit in any Zhang Yimou film.
It’s no wonder that French Fred’s work has been featured on a slew of impressive companies and brands: Thrasher Magazine, Girl Skateboards, éS, Cliché, Red Bull, Leica, the list goes on. We’ve even featured the man in the past, and we’re obviously the pinnacle when it comes to validating talent, right?! What’s even better is French Fred not only deals in still imagery–although that alone would more than warrant the attention he’s gained–the creative talent is also well versed in video, and has been producing a good number of them for minute now, all in collaboration with some of skate’s best brands. Check out a few of our favorite shots throughout, then head to his official website for more, and be sure to follow him on Instagram.