Hervé Saint-Hélier - Angelus (detail), Spring 2007, Adventures series, photo credits - Collections Societe Generale, photography

Herve Saint-Helier/ Hervé Saint-Hélier

France 1969

Photography

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Herve Saint-Helier
Hervé Saint-Hélier
Male
France
1969

Hervé Saint-Hélier is a French photographer who primarily focuses on individuals and their journeys in his practice.

Travel Photographer

Self-taught, Hervé Saint-Hélier gained experience working for the Sipa and Sygma agencies as a news photographer. In 1998 Saint-Hélier decided to abandon current events and dedicate himself to more artistic approach, producing realistic, narrative photographs.
Inspired by his journeys around Europe, the United States, and Asia, the artist focuses on the details of everyday life in the places he travels to. His snapshots transport the observer in the most basic and universal experience of men in transit, men who move. Departure lounge, staircases, view of a hotel swimming pool, and taxi abandoning passengers at the corner of a street, are just some of the ordinary details which the artist captures in his pieces.

Hervé Saint-Hélier - Yellow Cab, New York, 1999, photo credits - Hervé Saint-Hélier
Hervé Saint-Hélier – Yellow Cab, New York, 1999, photo credits – artist

Vibration of the Light

Equipped with a traditional camera, Hervé Saint-Hélier relentlessly follows the trails of every continent coveting the impending visual phenomena that he senses. Traveling through places such as Siberia, India, Asia, Amazonia, Europe and Ethiopia, among others, the artist focuses his attention on the vibration of the light, whether it is cold and blue, hot and incandescent, natural or artificial, lending a contemplative eye on the world, scrutinizing the reality with a remarkable sense of observation.

“Star lights are my muse. I just reveal what I see… What I photograph is natural, I add no effect. I have a deep envy for seeing something else.” – Hervé Saint-Hélier

Hervé Saint-Hélier - Blue Constellation, 2002, photo credits - Hervé Saint-Hélier
Hervé Saint-Hélier – Blue Constellation, 2002, photo credits – artist

Voyages Urbains

The series Voyages Urbains is one Hervé Saint-Hélier’s most symbolic series. It was mainly realized in 1997 to 2001 in Tokyo and New York and was presented by Marlborough Gallery, New York in 2008. Entitled Voyage, it was Saint-Hélier’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.
In 2014 the series Voyages Urbains was presented at the gallery Géraldine Banier in Paris, France.

Hervé Saint-Hélier - Voyage, solo show, Geraldine Banier Gallery, 2014, installation view, photo courtesy of Geraldine Banier
Hervé Saint-Hélier – Voyage, solo show, Geraldine Banier Gallery, 2014, installation view

Hervé Saint-Hélier has participated in numerous joint exhibitions, in London, New York and Paris, amongst other places.
His work is included in many collections, including the Société Générale Collection, Paris, France, and the Carmignac Foundation Museum, Porquerolles, France.

Hervé Saint-Hélier lives and works in Paris.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Voyages UrbainsGalerie Geraldine Banier, ParisSolo
2014Aphrodisia - 3rd Edition of Bizarro a Saint Germain Exhibition-CircuitGalerie Geraldine Banier, ParisGroup
201011 Pop Hymns with the American's peers and the Young British GenerationAlexia Goethe Gallery, LondonGroup
2010UnknownPalais des Beaux Arts de LilletGroup
2009Prints and Photographs by Contemporary and Mordern ArtistsMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Art ChicagoMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Armory ShowMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009INK art fairMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Voyages UrbainsMarlborough Gallery, New YorkSolo
2008Summer Show 2008Marlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008UnknownGaleria Marlborough, MadridGroup
2008UnknownGalerie Van Der Straeten, ParisGroup
2008Art ChicagoMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007UnknownMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007Ink Art FairMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006Slick 01Vanessa Suchar, ParisGroup
2006StoryAlexia Goethe Gallery LondonGroup
2005Art ParisGalerie R&L Beaubourg, ParisGroup
2005Errances Urbaines, Arles2005Le Off du Off au couvent, ArlesGroup
2005L’oeil en Seyne, L'AirVilla Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-MerGroup
2005Etoiles et VillesGallery ES, produced by Yukari-art inc., TokyoSolo
2003Festival Terre d’ImagesBiarritz, FranceGroup
2003Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, BruxellesGroup
2003Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, LondonGroup
2002Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, LondonSolo
2002UnknownArthouse, BerlinGroup
2002Art ParisParisGroup
2002UnknownGalerie R&L Beaubourg, ParisGroup
2002ARCOMadridGroup
2002CouleurNobu White Room, Vanessa Suchar, LondonSolo
2001Voyages UrbainsGalerie R&L Beaubourg, ParisSolo
2001Jolis MomesGalerie Acte 2 Photographies, ParisGroup
2001Tempete sous un CraneGalerie Valérie Cueto, ParisGroup
2001Face a FaceGalerie R&L Beaubourg, ParisGroup
2001BlancGalerie Valérie Cueto, ParisGroup
2001Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, New YorkGroup
2001Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, LondonGroup
2000RougeGalerie Valerie Cueto, ParisGroup
2000Argos ProjectVevey, SuisseGroup
2000Narcisse BlesseGalerie Passage de Retz, ParisGroup
2000Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, LondonGroup
2000Le Salon for Art CollectorsVanessa Suchar, LondonGroup