December 14, 1976 |
Point St. Charles Montreal
|Occupation||author , photographer , director , publisher , curator|
Labonté resides in Montreal with a Staffordshire bull terrier named Marcy.
He is best known for his first book All City: The Book About Taking Space (2003) that documents the world of graffiti and includes interviews with celebrated yet anonymous graffiti writers. Labonté operates an independent publishing and book packaging company called Second Hand Projects (2002) and serves as a consultant and curator to major lifestyle, street, sport and cultural brands via the branding agency The Mill House.
Labonté has been a WeSC Activist since 2010.
Themes and influence
Labonté’s ability to capture stories and images simultaneously both from the vantage point of an outsider-voyeur and insider-member informs much of the tension and uniqueness of his work.
All City: The Book About Taking Space (ECW Press/SecondHand Projects, 2003) is an in-depth look at the world of graffiti and graffiti writers. The book won the 2004/2005 Applied Arts magazine Design and Advertising Award for Complete Book Design and the 2004 Writers Notes Book Award in the legacy category.
Bully: It's the Pits (ECW Press/SecondHand Projects, 2005) is a compilation of art, advice, interviews, and anecdotes about the much-maligned pit bull or "bully" dog breeds, such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bulldog.
Turfizm: The Selected Works of Jean Turf One Labourdette (SecondHand Projects, 2009), a look at realist painter Turf One, was his third release.
Photos inspired by the rap music that once inspired me (SecondHand Projects, 2010), a collection of photographs inspired by the rap music that once inspired Labonte originally exhibited at the 381 projects space in Toronto in the spring of 2008
Labonté wrote his books under the nom-de-plume "Paul 107," inspired by the 107 bus route that runs through the south-west Montreal neighbourhoods where he grew up, that is from Verdun, through Pointe-Saint-Charles up Peel St. to Montreal's downtown core.
As director, Labonté is able to go beyond his signature lens and take on ones that are as varied as the music of the artists he collaborates with.
- Paralyzed, Ango, Music Video, 2012
- Paris, Black Atlas, Music Video, 2013 (in production)
- Turfizm, 2009
- Ice T shot me in the face, 2009
- Out for fame, Group Show - Out for fame exhibit, McGill Architecture, 1997
- Never alone, Group Show Redbull/381 projects, Toronto Redbull gallery, 2008
- Photographs inspired by the rap music that once inspired me, Solo Show, Ottawa , 2009
- Getting Up, Group Show & Curator, Ecko getting up festival Toronto, 2009
- Contrast Show, Group Show, Contact festival Toronto 356 king west, 2011
- Sometimes I take the pictures, Solo Show, Catalogue gallery Vancouver, 2011