Philip Shalam



Born in Switzerland to Egyptian parents, Philip Shalam grew up in London, in an international and artistic environment. Philip received his first camera at the age of 13. After school, he went to study at the London College of Printing. His passion for photography began at the same time as his collection of movie posters, that passion has not left him since. Through the eye of Philip, a new meaning and a particular aesthetic are given to a wide range of topics.

Empty but living landscapes, skyscrapers where all reflections are possible, straight and endless roads, graffiti and streetart are his favourite and recurring themes in his photographs. They came to him during his many travels around the United States where he lived and worked for 25 years. Back in Europe, Philip has expanded his range by playing with the local climate and allying himself with the elements. He experiments with reflections and symmetries in puddles, and with different lenses that offer a reality from a unique perspective.

Philip has exhibited in Milan, New York, London and Brussels.

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Your most marked characteristic?  -Kindness

What do you most value in your friends?  -Laughing

What is your principle defect?  -Stubborness

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?  -Not to be alive

What would you like to be?  -Always happy

What is your favorite color?  -Orange

What is your favorite flower? -Hydrangea

What is your favorite bird?  -Any bird that sings

Who are your favorite prose writers?  - I don’t have favourites. I like biographies

Who are your favorite poets?  -I don’t read poetry

Who are your heroes in real life?  -Anybody who manages to make a living

Who are your favorite heroines of history?  -Jackie Kennedy

What are your favorite names?  -Isabelle, Nathalie, Aristotle

What is it you most dislike?  -Rudeness

What historical figures do you most despise?  -Hitler

What event in military history do you most admire?  -I don’t like violence

What natural gift would you most like to possess?  -Healing

What is your present state of mind?  -Happy

What is your motto?  -Live now