The exhibition catalog
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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 from 2012 to 2020.
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
About NOIRS with Thierry Riffis(In French)
Interview with the director Romain Claris and Thierry Riffis
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