An exhibition of photographs and video by Nicolas Claris and Romain Claris

NOIRS has already been presented to the public of Bordeaux from June 20 to September 9, 2018 in the art gallery of the Relais & Châteaux Saint-James in Bouliac…
In 2019 we have been particularly pleased to show the exhibition from April 24 to 28, 2019 during the International Multihull Boat Show.

logo International Multihull Boat Show

where the NOIRS will honor light and colours ...

Black is the origin.
Black is the origin. With the appearance of light different BLACKS are revealed, multiple, sensitive, fragile but with such presence! BLACKS that are born from the deprivation of light, BLACK reflections of non-reflections, a kind of anti-light that makes us discover colors, lights and materials. They emphasize, reveal and make us aware of close richness. Magical, simple, quotidian.
As a starting point, we took existing materials that are spatially-friendly to the imagination. One could be tempted to recognize skins, minerals, cellars, roads, mountains, water, sea, stars, coal, technical fabrics, bolt, a ship’s bow or a dancer. But does one really need these eclectic identifications? These are just starting points, initializations, suspensions of time, like frozen frames masterfully highlighted by the BLACKS...
By associating the imaginary and the real, dreams and origins are merging.

We keep playing, dreaming, looking even further ... with our desires of drilling holes for light.


Black does not mean sad! It is beautiful because by some kind of self-sacrifice, it allows us to perceive, to observe and to discover the light and the colours, therefore the matter.
In our culture, the relationship between NOIRS and colour is not as binary as one could be tempted to think.

If the absolute black absorbs all the wavelengths, it would be characterized by an absence of colour but the reality is very different, much more surprising!
Very rarely pure, black is linked to colours.
It reveals micro-details, trends, influences, so that each point shining more or less makes us apprehend one or more isolated or dominant colours, because it leans on the material, accomplice of the light. As such, black is not unique, it is fundamentally multiple.
But this multiplicity remains mysterious: one speaks easily of "deep black" and curiously never of "light black": if it is deep, the black could not it also be revealing?
Such an incursion into the worlds of NOIRS is a fun quest, sometimes complicated but fascinating... To bring out the light and the colours out of the black, it is necessary to be attentive, curious, to stir the received ideas and to question oneself.
Before starting our actual work, it is essential for us to carry out studies, trials and error, it means to go back and ahead, it implies to never let go.
At the base of each image there is a reality, no matter what is its origin.
What matters is the attraction that the final image arouses, its power of seduction, to take us elsewhere, in a world that everyone can conceive according to one's own dreams and imaginations. We just want this exhibition to take visitors elsewhere, nicely and gently and let them enjoy the incredible and surprising richnesses of NOIRS

The opening

In the presence of Mr Stéphan Rossignol Mayor of La Grande Motte - President of the Agglomération du Pays de l'Or and Mr Fréderic Morvant, Philippe Michel Organizers of the International Multihull Boat Show. The hour of truth is there, the guests too. Many, over 200, despite a very strong wind and rain the tent was "BLACK" of people. Congratulations to the caterer Cabiron and his staff, a particularly tasty and successful cocktail, accompanied by a tasting of Languedoc wines by Baron Philippe de Rotschild.
Here are the official photos of our friend Jacques-Henri Guillet.

The film

Here is the film, our entry into the world of the beautiful and dreamy NOIRS...
Official Selection - New York City Independent Film Festival 
Official Selection - Retro Avant Garde Film Festival Venezia

The photographs

26 prints 140 x 105 cm. Prints signed, limited edition (30 copies), superb printing by Lebolabo.
Order a print.

The exhibition catalog

NOIRS has been exhibited twice, in June 2018 in the Relais & Châteaux Le Saint-James art gallery and in April 2019 in La Grande Motte. This catalogue is the one of the latter.

Visit the 2018 exhibition

A clip of Romain Claris that will make you discover the 2018 version of the exhibition in the art gallery of the Relais & Châteaux Saint-James in Bouliac.

The authors



Claris Image Builder - Founder and Photographer

When Nicolas Claris decided to invest in a camera at the very beginning of the digital era, his commitment, the rigor of his methodical approach to this art, and probably also the need to quickly obtain acceptable results have made him, almost immediately, a photographer.
From this first generation of shots, one could retain the technical mastery, the understanding of the wishes of his customers, and a formal academism resulting from his respect for peers.
Having solidly built his base, Nicolas was very quickly committed to open his mind and his objective to other targets than boats: shadows and reflections in a house of Spain, architecture of curves and lights of Frank O Gehry, pebbles and crazy grasses, bolts and mechanical parts have been photographed as Hollywood stars: with respect always, sometimes love, but also an astonishing creativity: "doing the little things like the big ones" served as a leitmotiv in the second period of Nicolas as photographer: that of the passage to the state of Artist.
With a humble, almost self-effacing approach, he has become a major signature of altruistic photography, one that puts itself entirely at the service of the frame in view. It is with the same generosity that he proposes to accompany the team of Watever, during a trip to Bangladesh from where he will bring back pictures of an incredible humanity.
Lover of colours, ephemeral (and what more ephemeral than a wake on the sea or the passage of a sailboat?) he adds the notion of time that passes in his photographs, as for this sublime series of dishes of the chef Nicolas Magie that he photographed in the gardens of the Saint-James Hotel & Restaurant in Bouliac, or when he follows the seasons in châteaux of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Eclecticism is not an art in itself, but it gives Nicolas a freedom of tone, a creative force that allows him to address all subjects with this mix of skill and respect that, today, makes us look at his work with joyful pleasure, far from gravity, ready for any surprises.
Who has forgotten the tables set on these boat decks under construction? These photos have become classics, but the playful shift that they unveiled already announced the talent of Nicolas Claris, passed from a photographer by necessity to a contemporary artist.
Bruno Belmont - Bénéteau Group

In 2008, Sinar entrusted him with an HY6 for a year of intensive testing under extraordinary conditions for such gear. Becoming addict to medium format (large sensors), Nicolas Claris became Pentax Ambassador in 2012.

Nicolas Claris' Biography



Claris Image Builder - Video Director  

«If a wide angle shot is what we can all do - more or less, we who have taken too many pictures at every turn and confused wide angle with an overall view - detail is what is lacking for our image-drowned eye with which we look at the world.
Then, only then the fold of fabric in a sewing machine, the stroke of a brush on a white page, the drops of rain on a train window, a pier by the sea, the hand of a sculptor, a pebble becoming a jewel, the flexible foot of a dancer, the look of a Bangladeshi fisherman, jute fibre becoming a boat, all these things, women, men filmed by Romain Claris, move us because they allow us to see, starting with the detail, a wider, richer world, more complex than we thought, so that, freeing our eye with his, we may be able to see better yet...»
Jacques Dubuisson - Screenplay writer, Director.

Romain Claris was born in Cannes in 1983. After a journey to Niger in 1995 where he joined the film crew of the feature film Imûhar, he worked on photography and then began to make very short films in 2000. After graduating from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in 2005, he joined the advertising agency Claris Image Builder as head of the video department and ensured the production of 200 commercials.
Alongside his agency work, he continues to make personal films, selected or rewarded at international film festivals. His latest very short film Cousins of clouds has been selected in fifty international festival and five-time rewarded including the "best philosophy in animation" award at the Avalonia Festival in the USA. More recently, he has been codirecting the medium-length movie Behold the night, a free adaptation around the novel by Yasunari Kawabata Sleeping beauties, selected by the Experimental Forum at Los Angeles and by the Wunderground Film Festival at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium and is awarded Best experimental half-length film at the Five Continents International Film Festival.
He also signs with the photographer Nicolas Claris several photo and video exhibitions starting with Bangladesh in 2013. Their latest exhibition Noirs took place in 2018 at the Relais & Châteaux - Le Saint-James Art Gallery.
In development, Les comptes de lune a short film project that proposes another story of the invention of numbers and calculation that takes place between -20,000 and -12,000 years. A creative documentary that will be co-directed with Jacques Dubuisson.

Romain Claris' Biography

The patrons

Logo Lagoon

Lagoon, cruising catamaran lifestyle

World leader on this market,  Lagoon is offering a full range of catamarans internationally famous for comfort, seafaring performance and quality of life at sea. Their design perfectly suits all kind of crews.  

"Black isn’t a color you’d normally associate with the nautical world. So at the International Multihull Show, when Nicolas, Marine and Romain told us about their idea of using it, our desire to surprise took over. The result is bewitching, beautiful, encompassing... We are delighted to share this daring adventure: bringing black into our turquoise world!

Alexandre Dauberville
Directeur marketing - communication
162 quai de Brazza
33072 Bordeaux.
Tél. : +33 5 57 80 85 50


First shipyard partner in Europe for yachts paints.

Since 1993, AGL S.A. has been serving marine professionals. Participating in the construction, the renovation, the painting, the maintenance of all types of boats, AGL is today a specialist in boat paints, with Awlgrip as the main reference.

“The Claris family has always been very close to ours, they know at each time to invent and create in arts, admittedly already existing, but thanks to them we discover that they can be improved.
This quality of work is only the prerogative of great persons.”

"How to make color merchants love black? "

Pauline Lachkar, Gerard Lachkar, Richard Gibeaud
4 avenue du Centre
06150 Cannes la Bocca

Incidences sails

Number one sailmaker in France

Founded in the 80s, Incidence is No.1 in France and in the top 5 worldwide.
The quality of the sails and service provided are recognised around the world… but its strength and difference can be found in its complete mastery of the entire process, in-house, from research and development to the finishing touches. “Home-made” produced by experts.
Incidence is an exceptional sailmaker. From the outset, it has chosen to control the entire chain of design and manufacture of its sails. From R&D to the finishing touches, from offshore cruising sails to sails for Superyachts, Classic Yachts or offshore racing machines, everything is done in-house.
Nothing is left to chance at Incidence Sails: the design, the choice of fabric, the cut, the creation by hand and often customised for all the finishing touches. Everything is conceived, designed, made, controlled and checked on the sites of the Incidence Group.

Why are we supporting NOIRS?
Innovation, research of excellence, material, aesthetics ...
Nicolas and Romain Claris's work shares the same values than those of "Incidence Sails" sailmakers. Their expertise is continuously used to research ways for producing better and even more beautiful results, pushing the boundaries and unleashing the minds.
Supporting the NOIRS exhibition therefore makes perfect sense.
It is also the continuation of a long-standing partnership with artists with whom we share this quest for beauty, quality and innovation.

Philippe Touet
Directeur commercial

8 rue de la Désirée
BP 43052
17031 La Rochelle Cedex 1
Tél : +33 (0)5 46 41 83 52
Incidence Sails est membre de l’association professionnelle Superyachtfrance.



In 1983, after studying at Southampton Solent University, Vincent Lauriot-Prevost and Marc Van Peteghem joined forces to establish the naval architecture firm VPLP Design.
Initially the pair specialized in multihull vessels and their designs enjoyed immediate success. Since then their boats have held most of the records and race titles, including the America’s Cup in 2010.
The firm also developed yachts such as Douce France and Hemisphere, the two largest cruising sailing catamarans ever built.
VPLP Design works regularly with Lagoon, a brand of the Beneteau Group. More than 4,000 cruising catamarans designed by the firm have been produced since 1986.
One of the VPLP’s most recent innovations involves the development of the reefable automatic wingsail Oceanwings (patented), a veritable “wind drive” for reducing the fuel consumption of freighters and cruising boats.
Today, VPLP Design’s international reputation derives from the many racing boats, cruisers and working vessels designed by its young team of naval architects based in France.

"To look, to see. The photographer becomes our own magician when he rises our eyes to the higher level of an image. Videographer leads us the same way. Nicolas & Romain Claris seek beauty in moments, lights, shapes. Whether sculptor or painters, they offer full emotion since they lead us beyond reality, through raw emotion, in which I feel so much part of.
Our friendship is no fortuity: it comes from our common empathy, our desire for a world with more balance, more freedom, more creativity. Through our own works or within our personal ideals, we continuously share a simple vision of what life could be.

Marc Van Peteghem

VPLP Design Paris
2, rue d'Hauteville
75010 Paris
+33 1 42 77 24 00



Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. 
Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida). Looking toward the future, Harken has built new, efficient facilities and has taken ownership and responsibility of manufacturing by bringing it in-house. 
Sophisticated machinery, highly trained technicians, the innovative ideas of engineers, and enhanced work-flow models open unlimited possibilities for growth.

"Because this is just extremely beautiful, with impressive technique and realization."

Patrick Rieuperout

Harken France
ZA Port des Minimes BP 3064 
17032 La Rochelle, France
Tel: (33) 05 46 44 51 20



Nanni - Energy in Blue vénère les NOIRS !

Nanni is an international leader on the market of marine diesel engines with a product range between 10 and 1900 hp, and for power generator sets from 6 kW up to 500 kW. Moreover, Nanni is one of the top three brands for marine inboard diesel engines in the world. With its new complete and exclusive range of marine engines, Nanni is the only company able to supply such varied propulsion solutions thanks to its unique marinization system NANNI COMPACT COOLING®.
Nanni is powered by an avant-garde spirit relying upon a centennial expertise in marine propulsion, power generation and power management.
At our production site located in La Teste de Buch (France), Nanni works close to its customers to develop custom engines and to allow them a serene, comfortable and privileged navigation.

"Encourager le travail d’artistes vivants permet de participer à l’émergence de nouveaux projets artistiques que l’état ne prend pas en charge. Associer son image à un événement, novateur et audacieux, partager des valeurs communes : prise de risque, innovation, progrès, partage, en faisant vivre une expérience inédite à ses collaborateurs et clients.
Des valeurs que Nanni Diesel cultive en devenant mécène de cette exposition de Romain et Nicolas Claris."

Amalia Festa

Nanni Industries SAS
11 avenue de l'Abbé Edme Mariotte
33260 La Teste de Buch



With 50 years of experience, more than 40,000 pieces of equipment sailing around the world, POCHON SA offers its professional and private customers unique know-how in the field of marine electronic navigation and communication.
POCHON agencies in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean with technical and commercial services will guide your choice among the leading brands of electronics and marine electricity, depending on the size of your boat and your navigation program. The commitment of our teams: Ensure an adapted, effective, reliable answer according to your project.

"Because art is important in our society, it feeds on creativity, research, imagination, because it is anything but fixed, we invite you to visit the exhibition "NOIRS", and to let you transport elsewhere, gently, taking advantage of the incredible and surprising riches of the NOIRS."

Julien Pochon

Avenue Michel Crépeau
17000 La Rochelle
Tél : 05 46 41 30 53

Lafourcade Yacht Broker


The experience and world wide network developed by Olivier Lafourcade over the last 40 years as a yacht owner/captain and then as a yacht builder is a huge advantage, instilling a sense of confidence that he will find a buyer or the boat of your dreams as quickly as possible.
In 2019, after 31 years as head of CNB, with about 60 “custom” yachts and 100 “semi-custom” yachts built, he decided to hand over the reins to the younger generation and begin this new and exciting adventure. By offering his experience and knowledge of yachting to owners or future owners of sailing yachts and motor yachts from 18 to 40 meters, thus was born LAFOURCADE YACHT BROKER.

"I have worked with Claris Image Builder for more than 20 years. I really appreciate the way they work and their great knowledge of the « boat ».
Helping to expose the research work of Nicolas Claris and Romain Claris to the public in order to expand the field of visual communication in the world of sailing is an important motivation for me. Supporting art because it is open-minded, seems indispensable to me.

Olivier Lafourcade

9 avenue de la Jetée
34300 Agde
33 6 80 59 38 73



Yacht Solutions offers its expertise in yacht equipment above and below deck to new CNB and Lagoon owners. Our know-how covers all the supplies needed for a comfortable life on board: safety equipment, tools, custom-made sheets, dishes, water sports. We also offer specific installations, based on our experience and those of the owners who preceded you. Our team of experts welcomes you in our showroom, located in the immediate vicinity of the shipyard. Once your selection is made, we fulfil your order and install everything on board so that your boat is ready to leave the day of delivery. We take care of export formalities and provide a worldwide guarantee, so that you get the most out of your new boat.

"The partnership between Claris Image Builder and Yacht Solutions dates back to the creation of our company. Visuals are critical in the marketing approach of the yachting industry. It seemed natural for us to choose Nicolas and Romain Claris for the production of images that convey the know-how and services offered by Yacht Solutions . They advised us, accompanied us in complex projects, with a lot of attention and kindness. They have become trusted and essential partners. Through our participation in the exhibition NOIRS, it is not only the great professionals that we acknowledge, but also the artists, who knew how to highlight all the colours of the black."

Marc Renwick

Yacht Solutions
179 quai de brazza
33100 bordeaux
+33 5 56 23 91 32

The partners



Official magazine of the Swiss Sailing Federation and of the most important nautical events (both commercial and sporting), Skippers, voile & océan is the only Swiss magazine entirely dedicated to sailing, the sea and its stakeholders. For this absolute leader of the Swiss nautical press, its bilingual quarterly publication since 2001 (in French and German) has made it the essential medium for reaching Swiss sailors and boat owners. The quality of its content and production make it a collector's magazine - a fact that increases both its lifespan and the number of readers per issue - whose reputation extends well beyond Switzerland's borders.

"When reading pleasure is so important, photos are essential. Nicolas Claris' pictures are featured in many Skippers issues and contribute greatly to their visual appeal. It was thus entirely natural for the magazine to be associated with his exhibition!"

Brice Lechevalier

Skippers Publishing
1222 Vésenaz
+41 22 707 99 22

Investor Media


Investor Media est un groupe média indépendant qui offre des événements uniques et trois publications (Family Office Investor, Yacht Investor et Art Views) pour les particuliers et les "Family Offices" à très fort revenu. Nos clients bénéficient d'expériences adaptées à leurs goûts et préférences, que ce soit à bord d'un superyacht, d'un jet privé ou lors du pré-lancement d'une galerie d'art.
Investor Media est le partenaire média exclusif du Monaco Yacht Summit et de la Business Aviation & Super Yacht Community Suisse (BASYCS). Nous avons été nommés par des agences gouvernementales, comme le Monaco Economic Board, pour organiser divers événements privés auxquels nous invitons les UHNWI et les "Family Offices" de notre base de données.

Number One Berkeley Square
United Kingdom



RICOH IMAGING COMPANY LTD is one of the undisputed leaders in the manufacture of digital cameras and imaging, especially with the RICOH and PENTAX devices that inherit a knowledge almost hundred years old. Its wide range of products includes tropicalized digital SLRs, hybrid compacts, digital compact experts and outdoor, a medium format for professionals, a range of consistent optics, flashes, or binoculars. Recently, the range has been enriched with the RICOH THETA camera capturing 360 ° spherical photos from the research and development of the new technologies department.
RICOH IMAGING supports and assists Nicolas Claris, as a number of French and European photographers.

"Ambassador of the brand for more than seven years, Nicolas Claris works in both Reflex Full Format (Pentax K-1) and Reflex Medium Format (Pentax 645Z and 645D). tunes on the water and on land, extremely demanding for itself, he pushes the limits of our equipment well beyond the average.
Well in his time he is as comfortable in the "know-how" photographic as in the "to know" (social networks). A key partner for Ricoh Pentax!"

Yazid Belmadi
PRO department Manager 

Parc Tertiaire
7-9 avenue Robert Schuman - BP70102
94513 Rungis
 +33 1 58 42 17 00

Print System


For all its offset printing jobs, Claris chose Print. The photographic work is sublimated by the quality and the care given to the printing of the clichés by PRINT partner of this exhibition.
Nicolas Brunaud and his wife Muriel Malabat have run this family printing house in Bègles for many years. With a dual activity (Print Dorure for labels and Print System for publishing) with a team of 34 people they offer a service and printing solutions that add real value to creative works. They made guidance, demands and details care, their religion, which allows them to prevail today as the printer reference for the Wine and Spirits Industry of Bordeaux.

Claris and Print have been collaborating for more than fifteen years in printing advertising brochures and luxury editions. A film was made by Claris during the making of a book telling the story of a fabulous thirty-meter sailboat built in Bordeaux by Construction Navale Bordeaux. It shows how confidence and shared passion for uncompromising quality, brings to an extraordinary book.

«I enjoy Nicolas Claris' images, they are not easy to print because they are complex under their apparent simplicity, there is no chance in them. To reproduce them you have to be able to wonder…
Where are we? what time is it??? evening??? morning??? moon or sun? but how does he do it, and have you seen the framing? I do not particularly have the soul of an artist or experience in art, but for the first time I took the time to watch... And it is me that surprises the most... I also like the man because he "knows what he wants", he says he is never at the end, that we can still try, go further. He is the guardian of his images, he keeps a close eye on them under the press, at every output. So then discuss with him on the subject ... He's not an easy man, but passionate!.»

Nicolas Brunaud

The invitation cards and the catalog of this exhibition will be printed by PRINT.

Nicolas Brunaud

143, avenue du Maréchal Leclerc
33130 BEGLES
+33 5 57 35 47 47
Les cartons d'invitation et le catalogue de l'exposition seront imprimées par PRINT.

International Multihull Boat Swhox

10 ANS !

m2 Organisationis the organizer of the International Multihull Boat Show, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The port of La Grande Motte receives each year, in April, the biggest exhibition of multihulls. An exhibiting village adjacent to the port welcomes the entire industry and its equipment manufacturers, chandlers, hirers, sailmakers, carriers, insurance and banks, etc.

• More than 14,000 motivated visitors
• One hundred units traded during the 5 days of the show (unofficial source)
• An international clientele with 55% foreigners:
- 20% North America
- 10% Germany,
- 10% Spain,
- 5% Italy,
- 10% rest of the world (Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia)
• A true diversity with over 60 multihulls on display

M2 Organisation
45, Quai Emile Cormerais
44800 Saint-Herblain
+33 2 40 43 46 34



"Nowadays, creativity alone is not enough, the responsibility toward our actions within our environment, therefore in front of humankind, requires an essential awareness if we want to have a future.
Before making, one has to design ... The approach of The Sustainable Design School is, in this respect, a magnificent example of the application of this awareness.
For us, contributing to the promotion of The Sustainable Design School is more than just a pleasure, it is our duty".

Nicolas Claris – Romain Claris

Founded in 2013, The Sustainable Design School is an international institution of higher education dedicated to sustainable design and innovation for human solutions.
«A strong common conviction has guided our work in founding The Sustainable Design School: the profound changes occurring in the world today require us to approach innovation in an entirely different, radical way. By sharing our reciprocal pedagogical and professional experiences, we are convinced that: Design, as a means of thinking, plays an essential role in new, sustainable innovation for all.
The SDS adapts the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a creative tool.
Today, we are confronted with important questions concerning the viable evolution of our planet. Changes are not only necessary but inevitable in order to allow us all to live in acceptable conditions. To answer these questions, imagination and innovation must be emphasized. Our students can act on these incredible opportunities.
In order to best address the complexity of current world issues, the Sustainable Design School offers a program which is transversal, international and multidisciplinary. The pedagogy is put into practice through concrete projects submitted by enterprises that share our values.

Private Institution of Higher Education
1 chemin du Val Fleuri
06800 Cagnes-Sur-Mer
Tel. +33 4 93 97 11 59


Internet, radio, magazines, in France, in Switzerland, in England, the press speaks about NOIRS !

Thank you fip ! Thank you Junkpage #58 ! Thank you Nicolas Venance of Actu Nautique for this interview ! Thank you Skippers ! Thank you Jean-Pierre Stahl for this beautiful article ! Thank you Yacht Investor for these four pages! MerciLe Monde du Multicoque #8 pour cette belle double page !



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