Gregory Herpe - Photographer
"For me, photography is not watching; it's feeling ..."
An Artistic Journey
I'm a French artist and photojournalist (Sopa Image agency, Hong Kong), with a rich and atypical artistic background.
I've worked as a journalist for various magazines in Europe, as well as an actor and theater director in Europe, and I've published numerous literary works
in France and Canada.
Today, I'm fulfilled by photography, and show my work all over the world.
Born in Paris in 1969, I am the nephew of painter Pierre-Jacques Catoni.
I now live in Paris after having lived in several countries.
A look at humanity and the world
My work reflects my curiosity towards humanity and the world. From Europe to Asia, passing through Africa, I seek to focus on social and cultural groups from all over the world, on the organization of our cities and societies, on our relationship with traditions, and on our impact on nature. Among my subjects, you can find endangered animals in Africa (especially lions and gorillas), IRA soldiers in Belfast, as well as young Cambodian girls rescued from prostitution in Cambodia, Drag Queens in Europe, poor Christians families in Lebanon, war zones in Nagorno-Karabakh, minimalist Scandinavian landscapes, architectural heritage, the desert in Jordan, street art in black & white street photos...
I have also immortalized personalities from the world of rock and cinema such as Gerard Depardieu, David Bowie, Nina Hagen, Iggy Pop, Deep Purple, Omar Sharif, Jacques Dutronc, Patti Smith, Salif Keita, Orelsan, Benjamin Biolay, Jean-Paul Rouve, etc.
Regardless of the subject of my photographs, I attach great importance to delivering a unique vision of the modern world, always centered around a perspective, a message, and an emotion.
An international reach
I have exhibited my photographic works in various venues, including the European Parliament, as well as numerous museums and galleries across Europe (Paris, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Canterbury, Zurich, Brussels, Athens, Porto, etc.), in the United States (Boston, San Diego), South Korea, Panama, India, Nigeria, and more.
My work has received awards in New York, Moscow, Barcelona, as well as in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, and more.
I am also a lecturer on photojournalism and the IRA.
I was a journalist for various media (NRJ, Fun Radio and Fun TV, in Paris, RTL / TVI in Brussels), and for various magazines.
Pupil of Francis Huster at the Cours Florent (famous theater school), with my friends Jean-Paul Rouve, Edouard Baer, Jeanne Balibar
and Eric Ruf (current director of the Comédie Française), and I was an actor and director.
Decorations & Nominations
-Medal for the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysee Treaty (Médaille du 50e anniversaire de la signature du Traité de l'Élysée) - Paris, France, 2022
-Nominated to the Scientific Council of CHEFAE (Centre des Hautes Etudes Franco-Allemandes pour l'Europe) - Paris, France, 2022
-Laureate Annecy LAC Photo Festival - Annecy, France, 2023
-Selected Photographer Urban Photo Awards - Trieste, Italy, 2021
-Finalist Care4Corona- Heemstede, Netherlands, 2020
-International Finalist at the Montanha Pico Festival, Azores, Portugal, 2020
-Artistic Director Honorable Mention at the Montanha Pico Festival, Azores, Portugal, 2019
-Award winning at the Noto Fior di Foto (3rd place Monochrome & Honorable Mention), Noto, Sicilia, Italy, 2018
-Certificate of Artistic Merit, Congratulations & Encouragement from the Members of the Artistic Commission at the Luxembourg Art Prize-La Pinacothèque Museum - Luxemburg, Luxemburg, 2018
-Golden Medal at the XVIIIth International Art Fair of Barcelona, Spain, 2017
-Awards winning at the IPA (International Photography Awards – Social cause category – Honorable Mention), New-York, USA, 2016
-Awards winning at the IPA (International Photography Awards – Childrens category – Honorable Mention), New-York, USA, 2016
-Awards winning at the IPA (International Photography Awards – Portraits category – Honorable Mention), New-York, USA, 2016
-Award winning at the MIFA (Moscow International Photo Awards – People-Culture category – Honorable Mention), Moscow, Russia, 2016
-Certificate of Artistic Merit, Congratulations & Encouragement from the Members of the Artistic Commission at the Luxembourg Art Prize- La Pinacothèque Museum - Luxemburg, Luxemburg, 2016
-Award winning of Best Press Photo 2015, (Club de la Presse LR), Montpellier, France, 2015
-Award winning at the International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Genoa (Photography category), Genoa, Italy, 2015