If you’re looking for a hit of romantic black-and-white photographs depicting years gone by, hit follow on @imfrenchbutidontsmoke – the IG account invoking a heady sense of nostalgia with each and every post.
@imfrenchbutidontsmoke is curated by Julien Piscioneri (@julsdylan), a New York-based photographer. “It started as an inspiration page,” he explains. “I wanted to share and curate the aesthetic that I’m drawn to the most.” The name of the account started out as a joke: “It happened when I was out with my friend. People were always asking me for a cigarette or a lighter, but I don’t smoke. We kept joking about me being French and not smoking and the name stuck.”
Piscioneri uses four words to describe his account, “nostalgic, French, new wave”. Sourcing his images online, or by flicking through rare titles in book stores, he only posts images that he feels an instant connection with. “For me, it’s about the emotion seen in the subject’s eyes.” They must be black and white too – an obsession of Piscioneri’s that stems from the fact that the majority of his most-loved photographers solely shoot in the medium. “It’s also reflective of my personal work, even though I’m trying to move more towards colour now,” he says.