After working at the age of 21 for top French magazines HIDIRO went international at only 25, by designing covers for magazines such as "The Face", which were previously reserved for elite international photographers, such as Mario Testino or David La Chapelle. He quickly found himself backstage at prestigious fashion shows, such as those of Azzedine Alaïa with William Klein, whose work he admired. He then became Citizen K's main photographer, rubbing shoulders with Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Nick Knight and Karl Lagerfeld. He also helped on developing image of music stars such as the Daft Punk or Lana Del Rey.
HIDIRO spent a rich and fruitful era experimenting with different subjects, all the while systematically seeking depth or mystery. His images are precise and often tinged with nostalgia, as he looks for a sense of mystery and knows that the still image is “nothing more than a memory". HIDIRO is already looking for the photo of tomorrow.
After studying mathematics and then cinema he made photo documentaries on Hell’s Angels in Paris. In 1974 the newspaper daily ‘Liberation’ published his work for the first time. He collaborated with ‘Liberation’ until 1976, then with the photo agency ‘Norma’. In the same year he published his first book ‘Le Cuir et le Baston’, and continued this series on biker gangs for some twenty years. He later joined ‘Paris Match, followed by ‘Figaro Magazine’ until 1980. From 1980 until 1988 he worked with Sipa agency and became the permanent correspondant for the American weekly ‘Newsweek’, covering the principal conflicts worldwide.
A freelance photographer since 1988, Yan Morvan is considered one the world’s leading war photographers and he collaborates regularly with international publications. His war journalism has won him the Robert Capa Prize (for reports from Lenanon in 1983), two prizes from World Press Photo and numerous awards from American photo journalism schools.
Vincent Fournier is a French fine art photographer exploring significant stories of utopias: the great adventure of space, the futuristic architectures, artificial intelligence.
His images play with oppositions between documentary and fiction, past and future, science and magic, intimacy and universality, logic and the absurd. Having grown up with the idea of “the end of history” and living in the eternal present, he uses images to question our past and future utopias. What are our expectations for the future, and has the future already happened?
His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York (MET), the MORI Art Museum (Tokyo), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Dragonfly (Massignac), the MAST Foundation or the LVMH contemporary Art collection among others.
A major figure in French cinema, Romain Duris began his career in 1994 in Cédric Klapisch's “Le Péril jeune”, a cult film that would mark the beginning of a long collaboration with the director. With more than forty feature films under his belt, Romain Duris is an inspiration for the greatest filmmakers: Tony Gatlif, Christophe Honoré, Jacques Audiard, Patrice Chéreau, Michel Gondry, François Ozon, Érick Zonca, Ridley Scott and many more.
However, the artist was destined for a future in the world of illustration and the visual arts. Romain Duris has been drawing an imaginary world of black humour and eroticism since he was a teenager, accumulating a jumble of scribbles and doodles on free sheets, notebooks and diaries...
A private work that was first presented in September 2017 in the book Pulp, Romain Duris is back with his second book and unveils his new works that he has been working on over the last couple of years.
François Darmigny has covered international news and major sporting events, as well as the wars in Lebanon and Afghanistan. He became an independent photographer in the mid-90s, as he felt the need to explore a new photographic universe more in connection with his own conception of what the image should represent. He decided to no longer let things happen to him, but to generate the actions.
His universe captures and immortalizes emotions, personalities, attitudes and characters by giving them an artistic dimension and a soul. His philosophy is to put people in the center of the image. From the moment he took his first photographs at the age of 12, François Darmigny has not spent more than a day without taking photographs. The images never leave his thoughts and he doesn’t miss any opportunity to snap a photograph.
Mathieu Bitton has an extensive history working with musicians, including packaging and album cover design for renowned artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Sting, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown.
Enrolled in 2009 at the École de Condé in Nancy, where he developed a fascination for war photography. For his end-of-course internship in 2012, he travelled to Turkey and then Syria to shoot his first photo-reportage on Syrian refugee camps. Since then he has returned to Syria multiple times and was detained as a hostage by Islamic State jihadists over the course of ten months.
Upon his return, Elias began working on a long-term project focusing on The Foreign Legion in The Central African Republic and in France. Simultaneously he shot photo-stories on the use of rape as a weapon of war in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, on rescues of migrants in the Mediterranean as well as on the French Juvenile Justice System’s closed educational centers. His last personal work focus on the trenches warfare in the Dombass region.
In 2015 Edouard Elias won the Prix de la ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik. The Sergent Vermeille price 2015, selected 3 times to the Bayeux Calvados war correspondant price and at the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo 2015.
Dominique Laugé was born in La Rochelle in 1958. Between 1982 and 1984 he followed courses at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he also studied the zone system under Bob Werling and Ansel Adams. From 1985 onwards he worked as a professional photographer. In 1986 he moved to Milan where he stayed till 2005 when he returned to France. Today he works on many editorial projects as well as producing images for exhibitions around Europe. Since 2010 he organizes the International Photography Residency Prize of The Fondation des Treilles under the presidency of Maryvonne de Saint Pulgent.
During his career he received many prizes, amongst which were the Epica International advertising prize for the Ciappi campaign (1990), the Art Directors Club Italian for several advertising campaigns (1991, 1993) the Kodak European Gold Award for Portrait Photography (1995, 1996), and the Prix Mediastar for the IULM campaign (2005).
His passion for creating images gradually evolved and transitioned from moving pictures to still images, over a long course of about 15 years. When photography came as a complement to videography, his only motivation was initially to showcase skateboarding like it’s never been shown before, focusing on its photogenic, artistic and choreographical beauty, and its intimate relationship with urban space and architecture.
From my beginnings up until now, Fred has been focusing on the construction of a timeless body of work, rather than trying to please the needs of ever-changing marketing needs attached to specific periods. Despite being captured all over the world, his work rather leaves asides notions of local cultures and countries specificities and instead gets lost in one endless standardized and asepticized cityscape, the result of capitalist globalization.
Mathieu César, a former hairdresser boy from Picardy, has established himself as a photographer in sight, claiming the return to black and white in an era saturated with colors. He has found his aesthetic footing in timeless black and white pictures and establish himself in the cultural sphere of young mainstream artists.
Mathieu César continue to develop his world by diving into a distinctive world of illusory scenes.