Shots in the dark

Photographer Fabien ‘Keffer’ Hebert has a permanent VIP pass – free entry, free drinks, free reign – and an archive of images from parties and clubs in one of the world’s great nocturnal cities. This is Paris at night.

Keffer, 30, has been documenting Parisian nightlife for years, between shooting for magazines (Complex, GQ, Grazia) and global brands (Sony, Ubisoft, Apple).

His party images are collected in the project The Night Day.

THE RED BULLETIN: When did you start shooting your nights out and decide to launch The Night Day?

Keffer: I was already a photographer and one night I took my camera out with me. It was about the time that house music was on the wane and we were moving on to the era of Ed Banger Records musicians and it was before people were being tagged on Facebook.

I started setting off my flash instinctively, without ever looking into my viewfinder. I never go out with the intention of taking photos. I go out to have fun myself because I love electronic music. I always have my camera with me, but I only use it when I get a sense of something, a good feeling.

How do you get people to open up for you on camera?

When I started making photos backstage in clubs, the girls would really let themselves go. I wouldn’t often take photos of this sort at after-hour parties in private homes, while people were still finishing their night out. So I got to document this kind of public erotic downfall, which they were completely cool with.

Why are the pics black-and-white?

It reflects the way I see my nights out: washed out, rough, raw.

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