• Top

    Introducing: Marion Berrin


Introducing: Let photographer Marion Berrin transport you somewhere magical

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

The best kind of photography transports you completely to another time or place, and Marion Berrin’s images make me certain that I can feel the sun prickling my skin as I’m drying like I’m sunning myself next to a tropical river that I’ve just clambered out of.

Why it’s a tropical river I don’t know, as this very talented photographer is in fact based in Paris where the climate isn’t that much nicer than it is here in London, but I’m happy to embrace the overriding mood and go with it. Lifted and inspired by her mastery of the form, we chatted to Marion about her work, her (very busy) studio and how she makes it through a long drab winter without all of her ideas shrivelling up and dying in the cold and the grey. Here she is!

  • 3

    Marion Berrin: Photography

Where do you work?

I work in a big studio that I share with 10 people. From graphic designer to interior architects and creative managers to photographers and visual contemporary artists, there are always people coming in, new ideas in the air, good advice that someone will share on a peculiar case. There are good vibes in this studio!

It is located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris which is a big mix of everything and anything. Luckily, friends are all working nearby and it’s quite central when you need to go to a meeting somewhere. It was very important for me to get a place to work. I am so bad at working from home.

How does your working day start?

I usually get up early and put some good music on, and then there is entire process to get me started. A strong coffee, a real breakfast, a long shower. I do not check my emails until being at the studio. I used to do it but I really need to put boundaries between work and the rest of my life, otherwise I do feel trapped. Then I have a 20 minute metro ride, and only at that moment can I put myself in a “work mode.”

How do you work and how has that changed?

I work as a contemporary art consultant right now, so I have less time for photography in my everyday life, which is a good thing. At one point I had the impression that photography was eating me. Everywhere, everything was a reason to take a picture. Now I just think more and shoot less and less. I produce less in quantity, but I do believe in a better quality.

Also, I have never felt inspired in Paris in the winter, so this gives me time to think, find inspiration, read, be curious, go see exhibitions, and then to one day be able to produce what I want!

Where would we find you when you’re not at work?

Outside shooting images on film, assisting photographers on sets, or just simply enjoying simple moments with friends.

Would you intern for yourself?

Probably, as long as there is coffee and chocolate.

  • 1

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 2

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 4

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 5

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 6

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 7

    Marion Berrin: Photography

  • 8

    Marion Berrin: Photography


Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Introducing View Archive

  1. List

    For this week’s Introducing feature we interviewed the owner of this lovely workspace, illustrator Matthew Daniel Swan. New both to London and to creating illustration on commission, we had a chat with Matthew and picked up a couple of gems along the way. Among them, he told us about the impact his desk has on the work he makes on it, the trouble with lava caves, and drawing wizards when he gets stuck. Read on to find out more about Matthew’s work!

  2. Intro-list

    São Paulo-based graphic designer Rodrigo Sommer specialises in print and identity design, with a particular flair for adding mixed media approaches to posters, book covers and album artwork. Intrigued by the Brazilian design scene, and by Rodrigo’s willingness to incorporate hand-drawn and collage elements into digitally-dominated spheres, we caught up with the designer to find out how he approaches a new project, and why procrastinating isn’t always a bad thing.

  3. List

    Martina Corà is a Milan-based photographer whose brilliant, concept-led photographic projects set her far apart from the crowd. We were utterly taken in by her semi-animated GIFs and her eye for a sweet shot, so we caught up with her to find out how she goes about her working day. Read on to find out about the angst she gets when she’s away from the internet for too long, how to assist a food stylist and how interning for herself would make taking selfies that much easier!

  4. List

    It’s one thing for an illustrator to create a recognisable style that underpins all of their work, but it’s another entirely for them to succeed in moulding that style to suit a whole realm of needs. Freelance illustrator Scott Smith does this effortlessly though, fashioning shadowy, half-concealed hidey-holes in the jungle as aptly as he does geometric cityscapes and comfy-looking domestic interiors. We had a chat with the London-based creative about how his working day pans out…

  5. List

    Full to the brim with sunshine, bright colours and the visual equivalent of joy in every shape, curve and line, Elyn Kazarian’s design and illustration work screams of being created on in some warm, joyful place. Probably because she lives in sunny L.A.. Art director of a music venue, she works primarily designing posters and album artwork, with a few personal projects and freelance gigs thrown in for good measure. We caught up with her to find out how her typical day sounds.

  6. List

    Today’s Introducing is a tribute to the hand-letterers of the world, who are all too often tucked quietly away behind fancy designers and impressive identities. Oli Frape is a London-based typographer and illustrator who creates all of his typefaces by hand, who kindly had a chat with us to tell us about his working day. He also posts all of his developing work on his blog, which is a great insight into the process. Read on to find out more!

  7. List

    Dividing his time between Oregon and Norway, illustrator Max Estes must have no shortage of influences contributing to his vibrant work. His style is pronounced and individual – characters are contained by their thick black outlines and ping-pong ball-round heads – allowing his images to appeal seamlessly to both adults and children.

  8. List

    Neo Neo is a visual communications and graphic design studio directed by Thuy-An Hoang and Xavier Erni, based in Geneva. Their work ranges from art direction and book design to websites, signage and custom typefaces, with projects for galleries and museums in Geneva, New York and France under their belts. Not knowing much about the Swiss design scene, we caught up with Xavier and Thuy-An to find out more about what they do!

  9. List

    The best kind of photography transports you completely to another time or place, and Marion Berrin’s images make me certain that I can feel the sun prickling my skin as I’m drying like I’m sunning myself next to a tropical river that I’ve just clambered out of.

  10. List

    Querida is Spanish for “beloved”, and it’s with the same adoration that this Spanish studio named themselves, as they treat their creative projects.“We love typography, illustration, colours, photography and we enjoy new technologies as much as we worship detail and craft.” Their love for what they do makes itself apparent in their work; from art direction and design for Perdiz magazine to an identity and corresponding stationery for Idep , Barcelona’s design school.