Kossmann is a photographer born in Tours, France. Growing up, he learned the secrets of the profession by working in a photo-processing laboratory, before enrolling in a course at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. It was there he experienced a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for photography as influenced by world-renowned photographer Peter Knapp. His work since has been influenced by painters including Rembrandt and Rothko, as well as photographer Albert Watson, and focuses on the idea of light. Kossmann works to manipulate the light in tandem with the lines and forms of both the human body and buildings, creating a unique style that merges characteristics of photography and painting. For the past 28 years, Stephane has received international recognition and praise for his work covering the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival and today his work continues to reflect his fascination with crowds, how they form, and what/whom they are composed of – highlighting many important themes including globalization, individualization and diversity.