Pascal Despeaux UPP, Photographer, Filmaker, Artist, Teacher, Movie Colorist.
Pascal Despeaux is an independant photographer and filmaker who has worked for various clients during his 31 year career. Pascal has been a member of the French Professional Photographer Association, the UPP, since 1984. He was a pioneer in digital photography in France and he has used computers for his photography since 1990. Pascal is always excited to discover what future technology will bring.
He started his career as a freelance photo-reporter and obtained his first press card in 1984. Than he joined the staff at the photographic sport agency DPPI for 5 years.
Pascal left the press agency to create his own company, Taïga to focuse on commercial studio photography and digital pictures. He olso offered a photo retouching service for photographers and press agencies.
As a pioneer in digital photography motivated to create the first digital photography exhibition in Paris « Le Salon de la Photographie Numérique » which promoted the most influential companies at the time..
Due to Pascal's accomplishments with Taïga, in 1996, Imacom proposed him to merge with his company and offered him the position of the head of the digital department of the photographic laboratory Magenta and her shooting studio.
He left Magenta in 2000 to create, with Jean-Philippe Glatigny, a Steppe company focused on high definition photography with medium format digital back and photo retouching for advertising and catalog.
In 2003, Pascal evolved his activity into that of an independant entrepreneur and Artist. He continued to shoot photography and began to produce videography for clients and move on to DSLR to make a movie.
Pascal places a lot of importance on color management. To optimize the best color rendering, he constantly experiments with various equipment. This has inspired him to create, in 2006, his own color card, the « DespColor » which optimizes the color profiles for digital camera. He has published different articles about color management for photography processing.
He increased his competence to follow a course in movie color grading to apply the same respect of color for his movie as his photography and started to offer a service of movie colorist.
Pascal, now, spends his time between photography, filmaking, movie color grading and teaching techniques to professional students. He still enjoys experiments with new equipment and software to open the possibility of creating images and increase the quality of color rendering.. Technique and equipment are, for him, just tools to unleash creativity.