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… Iin 2019 from April 24 to 28, 2019 during the International Multihull Boat Showas well as in June/July 2021 in the gallery "La vitrine" in Bordeaux.

We are particularly pleased to present this exhibition again in Bordeaux in the gallery of Valérie Coraini

logo La Vitrine

where the NOIRS will honor light and colours ...

Words from the gallery owner

The choice of exhibiting "NOIRS" seemed immediately obvious to me when I discovered the work of Nicolas Claris and Romain Claris.
First of all because I have always loved black. My choice of clothes, my cinematographic universe, my liking for drawing, engraving, lithography, my inner world which varies from black to white, and the material, because it surrounds us, because it is part of my environment and because I only display colour through the eyes of others.
... I wanted to offer you an immersion in the light of these black materials because Romain Claris' film displays sensations, impressions of moments that follow one another and transport us... The dark atmospheres, the lights to reveal furtively, the suspended times of a gaze stopped on the trembling immobility of a drop of water, of a free fibre... of a breath of wind. Light gliding over an indefinable material, light as a touch of paint that punctuates the images.
Choice of materials, choice of utilitarian objects that we will all recognise, or that are part of everyday life, nuts, glass fibres, carbon fibres, charcoal, watering can knobs, drops of water, leather fabrics, skins, familiar materials in the workshop. The choice of Nicolas Claris' photographic eye is there to magnify the material, to reveal its deep blackness through its singular light and poetry, giving it all the space in a detail of its material reality and offering it to us through the medium of a large format, an invitation to travel through the imagination of each of us.
And because... "The sensibility of the viewer is solicited in a completely different way if it is in the presence of a 3 m² or 2 cm shape. Pierre Soulages.

Freeze frame with Nicolas Claris, suspended times that follow each other with Romain Claris.

Valérie CORAINI /La Vitrine

Words from the authors

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

Le film

Here is the teaser of the film, our entry into the world of the beautiful and dreamy NOIRS...
The film is presented in the gallery on a 65" large 4K screen.


Sélection officielle Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival Chicago - États-Unis, 2019
Sélection officielle
Somerville International Film Festival - États-Unis, 2019
Sélection officielle
New York City Independent Film Festival - États-Unis, 2019
Sélection officielle
Retro Avant Garde Film Festival Venezia - Italie, 2018

The photographs

26 signed prints, limited edition of 5 copies, exposed format 140 x 105 cm (Other formats possible: 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 catalog is identical to the one for the 2019 edition

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 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 photographer Nicolas Claris and Thierry Riffis

Interview with the director Romain Claris and Thierry Riffis

Press (2019)

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

Thank you Sud-Ouest ! 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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