Alain Proust is arguably South Africa's best photographer. Being one of the industry leaders, his work covers many fields from photography of the world's leading hotels to in-studio advertising stills and panoramic landscapes
Born in France and now living in Cape Town it is of no surprise that the Wine and Food Industries are perhaps his greatest love. He has developed his own methods of lighting bottles and is always happy to pass his wealth of knowledge on to aspiring photographers. Also in partnership with two other renowned photographers at Salisbury Studios in Woodstock, the majority of his in-studio work involves beverage photography, mostly that of beer. His food photography is also unsurpassed and he has teamed up with some of the best Chefs around to produce award winning Cook Books.
His books don't stop at food however, and apart from books on Cape Town, Cape Dutch Houses, Mauritius and others, he has teamed up with Graham Viney (Cape Town's finest Interior Decorator) to produce one of South Africa's best architectural Coffee Table Books, Colonial Houses. With architectural photography such as this he has been approached to do work by some of the leading hotels of the world:
Orient Express Hotels worldwide; some of Richard Branson's Hotels such as Necker, his private Island in the Carribean; Royal Livingstone in Victoria Falls as well as many exclusive lodges all over the Okavango and in the Sabi Sands such as Londolozi, Sabi Sabi & Ulusaba. In the last few months, he has been shooting the new Taj Hotel in Cape Town as well as the Coral Hotel and very recently also Ellerman House
His work has taken him to all corners of the globe but he spends a lot of time taking panoramic photos throughout Southern Africa and makes an annual trip back to his country of birth, continually establishing himself in its Wine Industry over there.
Never one to get caught in old ways, Alain Proust is currently working on some new ideas and perhaps getting more involved in the real artistic side of photography.