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Eric Bouvet (born 1961) began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris.

His interest in photography was sparked when, at the age of 8, he watched the first live television images of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. It was then that he realized the importance of news and historic moments, not to mention capturing them on film.

Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s, and launched his freelance career in 1990. He first won international recognition with his 1986 pictures of the rescue efforts in the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Omeyra, Colombia. Since then, Bouvet has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel. Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi, Libya and Ukraina.

He has covered major international events including the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, and Olympic Games and the migrant crisis in Europe.

He has also worked on many ‘society’ stories including life in Russian jails, young sailors on aircraft carriers, French police working in the Paris suburbs, France’s last coal miners, and life at a pediatric clinic for children with cancer. 

Since 2011, he works also on documentaries projects with large format camera, 4x5 and 8X10 : first one “Sex, Love..."  (2010-2014) second about “Peace" (2012) then “Chaos" ( 2014-2023) and “Hexagone” (2017-2027). During the last 5 years he has been working for “Élévations” (2018-2023).

His work has been published in many international magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Stern, NYT magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. He has also led photographic campaigns of UN and various NGOs and charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins du Monde (MDM) and Action Against Hunger (ACF).

Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as two Visa d’Or, the gold medal of 15th anniversary of the photography, the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, the Public award from Bayeux-Calvados, the Front Line Club award and the Paris-Match Award. Recently he was prizewinner at the fondation des Treilles (2023) and at the Musée de la Pente (2023)

Journal 40 ans 
Couverture commandos Russes

Journal 40 ans 
Couverture Maidan


Gendarme de la Pointe Helbronner

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5


Mont Lachat 1

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguilles Verte et Drus

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille du Gouter

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille du Midi 1

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille Rouge

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Mer de Glace 1

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Le Chemin

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Mer de Glace 2

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille de M

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Envers des Aiguilles de Chamonix

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Mont Charvin

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille Noire du Pauterey

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille Verte

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille de la République

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Mont Lachat 2

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguilles Verte et du Midi

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5

Aiguille Croche

Tirages signés et numérotés 1/5


40 ans de photographie - Visa pour l’image, Perpignan


La première ligne - L’été des portraits, Bourbon Lancy


Hexagone - Festival les Rencontres d’Arles et SNCF Gares & Connexions, Paris Gare de Lyon, Gare TGV Avignon


Quelque part en Tchétchénie - Festival photo Map, Toulouse
Burning Man - Musée La Sabline, Lussac-les-Châteaux


Guerre et Paix - Le Triangle, Huningue


Sexe, love - Galerie Hegoa, Fotover


Vivre libre - Galerie Hegoa, Fotover


Sex, Love…, Central Dupon - Paris


Heroes, (R)Evolution - Kiev, Ukraine
Eric Bouvet, Festival Photofolies - Rodez


Burning Man - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan
Peace - Noorderlicht fotofestival, Pays-Bas


L'Afghanistan et nous - Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel national des Invalides, Paris


Dans Grozny, BNF François Mitterrand - Paris


La Dernière mine - Musée du carreau Wendel. Petite-Rosselle, France


Le service pédiatrique de l'hôpital - Institut Curie. Centenaire de la découverte du Radium, Paris


Les Marins du porte-avion Charles de Gaulle - Visa pour l'image, Festival du photojournalisme, Perpignan


Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Centre de l'Atlantique, Brest
Dans Grozny - Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris


Quelque part en Tchétchénie - Festival des correspondants de guerre, Bayeux
Quelque part en Tchétchénie - Étonnants voyageurs, Festival des écrivains voyageurs, Saint-Malo
Les Marins du porte-avion Charles de Gaulle - Musée national de la Marine, Paris
Enfants d’Afghanistan - Festival, Maison de la Radio, Paris


Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Galerie Courtieux, Suresnes


Les victimes de la mode - Carrousel du Louvre, Paris


Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan


Les funérailles de Khomeini - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan

A workshop is plaisir and shared moments around photography. That must be true whatever the moment, during shooting, editing, or studying works from very well known photographers. It is a very intense job for me as it requires to have everybody with a a high level of motivation but satisfaction.
Photography gives people very positive feelings even if you can suffer from the difficulty and hard work it needs to achieve a satisfactory level. It is above all something deep in you but also shared with other people.
Good mood and strong commitment will definitely help to improve.
People should not pass on hardware technical aspects as it is a key requirement to build your “vision”. 

Since 2003, Eric Bouvet organize master classes to photographers (beginners, semi pro and professionals) who want to spent few days with professional in order to deepen their photographic skills.

Besides his experience in photo reportage, Eric led more than 80 workshops in differents structures as the Rencontres d’Arles.

More than any other kind of photography, perhaps, reportage demands of the photographer a real ability to observe and capture a given situation. Any successful account of an event, a context or people engaged in some form of activity depends on the capacity to spot a number of crucial elements, often of brief duration, which suffice to convey the content and meaning of the subject.
Eric Bouvet will show participants how to develop their powers of observation, how to function in specific settings and how to overcome the technical constraints involved. Practical exercises will place particular stress on lighting and framing.

In more general terms the workshop will revolve around the photographer’s involvement with situations: how he makes his way into a context, how he participates and how he can make chance work for him. This will also involve making revealing artistic choices which will determine the work’s full scope.
Each day participants will come together to take photographs under the direct supervision of Eric Bouvet.

Alternating sessions of photography and of analysis of the previous day’s images, participants will polish both their technique and their approach, notably by receiving direct feedback on the way their work is seen by others. Eric will give a professional point of view on your productions.

The workshop will also include exercises based on the contact sheets of Eric Bouvet’s own reportages. This will provide an opportunity to compare a range of choices: those of the photographer himself and of different photo editors who have published his work.


  • Presentation of the photographer’s profession

  • Technical exercises

  • Analysis and practical evaluation of the participant’s previous work 

  • Daily photo sessions, technical counselling

  • Individual and group analysis of the previous day’s pictures

  • Selection of images with a view to creating a series

  • Final one-to-one interview


  • Photographs, portfolio, press book, etc., indicative of your level.

  • Films and/or digital cameras

  • Participants working with digital material can bring a laptop computer for storing their images.