Tanya Constantine, Professional Photographer, Rohnert Park, CA
About Tanya Constantine, Professional Photographer
“My work is about the establishment of trust. For someone to share their authenticity with me is a soul-to-soul thing. It’s not a lens-to-soul thing.” ~ Lisa Kristine (ditto! I totally agree with her!)
“To capture the very essence of a person in a single photograph”…this is the motivation behind Tanya Constantine’s photography. Her love for seeing life through a lens began as a teenager, photographing her father, American-French actor Eddie Constantine. After training as a dancer for many years, Tanya also developed a fascination for capturing the beauty of movement. Since then Tanya’s photos have made their way around the world on billboards and posters from Europe to Malaysia, from Poland to the USA.
Professional photographer in Rohnert Park, CA, Tanya grew up in Paris. As a teenager, her father installed a dark room in their house outside of Paris where reporters and photographers often spent weekends taking photos and teaching her techniques for developing film. This inspired and ignited her desire to be a professional photographer.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area for umpteen years, and is a leading Bay Area photographer, she has recently moved to Rohnert Park, Sonoma County. There, she continues her journey in her art, embracing each exciting change in the digital world of photography and perpetually searching for the next best shot. She is available to do your next photo shoot for professional headshots and more!
Out of My Father’s Shadow: Sinatra of the Seine, My Dad Eddie Constantine
Tanya Constantine with introduction by Tom Lucas
Though born in America, Eddie Constantine is perhaps best remembered as a film actor in France and Germany, playing the role of a hardboiled detective named “Lemmy Caution” and appearing in films by Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Lars von Trier. In the process of transitioning Constantine from the star of B-movies to the epicenter of the Nouvelle Vague, Jean-Luc Godard reconsecrated him as the solemn and impassive star of his extraordinary film, Alphaville. Eddie’s unruffled charm, winning smile, and American credentials made him virtually untouchable. Europeans liked Constantine because he wasn’t a pretty face-he had savoir faire.
Constantine’s daughter Tanya traveled with him throughout much of his career, and this book comes from her perspective of their troubled familial relationship. It is a testament to his legend that Constantine emerges from the candor of his daughter’s autobiography somehow strengthened by her revelations of the compulsions and insecurities he made those closest to him suffer. This book presents us with universal truths about the difficulties experienced within family relationships and takes us behind the curtain of celebrity and the fixed smiles of publicity photos in a way few books ever do.
I had a most unusual upbringing being the child of a celebrity. My childhood was a unique situation that only people who had experienced it could comprehend. My father was a superstar and singer in Europe in the 1950s and ’60s. He and I recorded a song called “The Man and The Child” that sold over a million records in France alone, when I was just eleven years old, thus making me a celebrity too. When superstardom set in, a crazy atmosphere had overtaken our household, as fame creates pressure, fear of loss, and resentment. My father’s estate became an open house to international celebrities who came to visit. Despite the fame and fortune that became part of my life, I ran away from home before the age of sixteen with the man who later became my first husband. I have spent my entire life attempting to release the pain of my upbringing.
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