• THE GUARDIANS
     
     
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    Official site:            http://the-guardians.info
    Twitter page:          http://twitter.com/guardiansphoto
    email:                      vlad@artistic-agitators.com
    Phone:                    +1514-963-8523 / +33 6 63 12 28 85
     
     
    Vladimir Antaki is a French photographer, based in Montreal, Canada.
    Vladimir Antaki est un photographe Français basé à Montréal, Canada.
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    Featured on:
     
    China Daily (Chinese)
    Imgur (500.000 views and counting)
    Reddit (featured on the main page)
    Cafe Babel (Italian)
    Stratégies (French)
    VSD (French weekly magazine)
    Lonely Planet - Germany
     
     
     
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    English will follow.
     

    LES GARDIENS est né de mon désir de documenter et de rendre hommage à ces gens, ces "gardiens des temples urbains" que nous rencontrons chaque jour sans réellement remarquer. Ils sont les détenteurs d'une tradition, d'un savoir faire, d'un souvenir.

    Ma démarche initiale s’appuie sur un principe de déambulation hasardeuse dans le contexte labyrinthique d’une cité. Le principe initial est de ne plus avoir de repère et de rentrer spontanément dans des lieux dont l’attraction visuelle est forte. Je me plais à voir ces villes comme des labyrinthes dans lesquels j'aime me perdre.

    Ces endroits sont parfois magiques, surchargés d’éléments, de couleurs et d’histoires, gardés parces person- nages tantôt touchants, drôles, excentriques, et parfois effrayants. Cette photo que je prend est très souvent le seul souvenir que ce Gardien aura de lui dans son environnement quotidien. Parfois, cette photo est la seule trace visuelle de l’existence de ce lieu, son seul souvenir photographique. 

    La relation humaine repose sur un échange bref avec ces individus. J’essaye de faire ressentir aux spectateurs la personnalité du lieu et du propriétaire. Tout ne repose pas que sur le lieu, mais aussi sur la posture du «Gar- dien». La relation entre l’environnement et leur attitude, leur façon de se positionner dans l’espace. Je deviens le metteur en scène de leur univers. Je leur montre leur quotidien à travers mon oeil et mon objectif.
    L’idée est d’ensuite utiliser les vitrines vides des boutiques dans chaque des villes pour coller un portrait taille réelle de chacun des Gardiens et leur redonner une seconde vie. 

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    THE GUARDIANS was born from my desire to document and pay tribute to these people, these "guardians of urban temples" that we meet everyday without really noticing. They are the keepers of a tradition and a memory.

    My approach is based on a principle of hazardous perambulation in every city that I visit. The initial idea is to have no more benchmark and enter spontaneously in places where the visual attraction is strong. I like to see every city as a maze in which I enjoy getting lost and finding these treasures.

    These places are sometimes magical, overloaded with elements, colours and stories, guarded by these characters who are sometimes touching, funny, quirky, and at times frightening. 
    The photos that I take are often the only memory that this "Guardian" will have of him/herself in theirdaily environment. This photo can be the only visual record of the existence of this place, the only photographic memory.
     
    People pay less and less attention to their environment. They are always in a hurry, they don't take the time to spend time with one another. Unfortunately, these places will one day no longer be around. This is one of the reasons that compelled me to want to document these "Guardians".

    So far, I've visited 11 cities (Montreal, New York, Las Vegas, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Beirut, Mexico City, Los Angeles) and met nearly 250 Guardians.
     
    Each picture is taken during my first encounter with the "Guardian". Once contact is established, a link is created or not. Sometimes I leave with a small gift from the person, an anecdote, or just their portrait .
    A photographic moment based on a brief exchange with these individuals. I try to make the audience feel the personality of the place and the owner.


    I'm interested in the relationship between the environment and the attitude of the Guardians, how they position themselves in space. I become the director of their universe. I show them their day to day life through my eye and my camera.

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    The Guardians is an ongoing project. I am overwhelmed by the love my project has received from across the world and I am looking forward to documenting more Guardians across the globe.
     
    I'm currently working on a traveling exhibit and I'm actively looking for sponsors in hosting cities to help out. 
     
    The idea is to cover all empty windows of shops for rent, all around the world, with life-size prints of different Guardians, in order to create ambiguity in the urban landscape and also to raise awareness on the progressive disappearance of these shops.
     
    Take a look at the pictures below the two videos to get a better idea of the concept.
     
    If you wish to help in any way, please contact me: vlad@artistic-agitators.com
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  • Jainul - NYC
  • Marie - Montreal
  • Daniel - Paris
  • Mark - Montreal
  • Emily - London
  • David - London
     
  • Ernst - Vienna
  • Alyssa - Montreal
  • Abou Georges - Beirut
  • Rachid - Paris
  • Daniel - Las Vegas
  • Birdman - NYC
  • Leo - Paris
  • Corey - Montreal
  • Hagop - Beirut
  • Alain - Bordeaux
  • Gregor - Berlin
  • Phillipp - Berlin
  • Abraham - Beirut
  • Jean- Bernard - Bordeaux
  • Edwige - Paris
  • Charbel - Paris
  • Baba - Paris
  • Yann - Paris
  • Fouad - Beirut
  • Andreas - Vienna
  • Louie - London
  • Avok - Beirut
  • Pierre - Bordeaux
  • Charly - Bordeaux
  • Abdo - Beirut
  • Catherine - Montreal
  • Yacek - Paris
  • Anne - Paris
  • Bruce - New York
  • Denis - Montreal
  • Esther - Montreal
  • Juan - Mexico
  • Mario - Mexico
  • Jose - Mexico
  • Adolfo - Mexico
  • Miguel - Mexico
  • Adric - Mexico
  • Peter - Bordeaux
  • Toufik - Bordeaux
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    The idea is then to cover all empty windows of shops for rent, all around the world, with life-size prints of different Guardians, in order to create ambiguity in the urban landscape and also to raise awareness on the progressive disappearance of these shops.
    Take a look at the pictures below to get a better idea of the concept.

    If you wish to help in any way, please contact me: vlad@artistic-agitators.com
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    On Tuesday October 21st 2014, six of my GUARDIANS took over the empty windows of Montreal's Main street, the Boulevard Saint Laurent.
     
    Jainul from NYC, Eef from Amsterdam, Birdman from NYC, Baba from Paris, Fouad from Beirut and Denis from Montreal.

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    THE GUARDIANS featured in the first francophone daily in the Middle East: L'Orient Le Jour (November 3rd 2014) 

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    THE GUARDIANS featured in French weekly VSD (September 25th - October 1st) 

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  • THE OTHER HUNDRED - ENTREPRENEURS EDITION
     
    I am very proud and touched to announce that my Guardians have been selected among the 100 winners of the 2014/2015 edition of The Other Hundred book. 

    My work will be representing Canada.

    These 100 photo stories celebrate the diverse range of activities that everyday entrepreneurs from all around the world engage in.

    The Other Hundred is a unique not-for-profit photo-book initiated by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) aimed at providing a counterpoint to the mainstream media consensus about some of today's most important issues.

    At its heart, The Other Hundred is an attempt to introduce readers to the vast majority of people, ideas, places and cultures simply ignored by most major media publications. Whether it is an excessive focus on extremes of wealth or poverty, the obsession with whatever is dominating the current news cycle or the pushing of a particular political agenda, mainstream news no longer accurately reflects the experience of most people around the world.

    Through an annual series of books, each focusing on a particular issue or subject, The Other Hundred will provide an alternative and refreshing view on everything from people and their homes to performers, chefs and authors.

    The Other Hundred, Entrepreneurs is due for publication in December 2014/ January 2015.
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    THREE OF MY GUARDIANS WERE DISPLAYED ON OVER 300 JCDECAUX BUS BILLBOARDS ACROSS 101 FRENCH CITIES INCLUDING PARIS, MARSEILLE, LYON, TOULOUSE, VERSAILLES...
    LOOK FOR THE PICTURES BELOW.

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