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Eric Bouvet

Paris, France

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Works by Eric Bouvet

Grozny, Chechnya, August 1996.


50 x 40 cm


Berlin, Germany, November 1989.


50 x 40 cm


Kaboul, Afghanistan, octobre 2001.


50 x 40 cm


Kiev, Ukraine, février 2014.


50 x 40 cm


Grozny, Tchétchénie, février 2000.


50 x 40 cm


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..." second about “Peace" then in 2016 “Chaos" and since 2021 “Montagnes”.

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.

Exibitions :

2021. 40 ans de photographie - Visa pour l’image, Perpignan

2021. La première ligne - L’été des portraits, Bourbon Lancy

2020. Hexagone - Festival les Rencontres d’Arles et SNCF Gares & Connexions, Paris Gare de Lyon, Gare TGV Avignon

2019 Quelque part en Tchétchénie - Festival photo Map, Toulouse

Burning Man - Musée La Sabline, Lussac-les-Châteaux

2018. Guerre et Paix - Le Triangle, Huningue

2017. Sexe, love - Galerie Hegoa, Fotover

2016. Vivre libre - Galerie Hegoa, Fotover

2015. Sex, Love…, Central Dupon - Paris

2014. Heroes, (R)Evolution - Kiev, Ukraine

Eric Bouvet, Festival Photofolies - Rodez

2013. Burning Man - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan

Peace - Noorderlicht fotofestival, Pays-Bas

2009. L'Afghanistan et nous - Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel national des Invalides, Paris

2006. Dans Grozny, BNF François Mitterrand - Paris

2005. La Dernière mine - Musée du carreau Wendel. Petite-Rosselle, France

2003. Le service pédiatrique de l'hôpital - Institut Curie. Centenaire de la découverte du Radium, Paris

2001. Les Marins du porte-avion Charles de Gaulle - Visa pour l'image, Festival du photojournalisme, Perpignan

2000. Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Centre de l'Atlantique, Brest

Dans Grozny - Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris

2002. 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

1999. Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Galerie Courtieux, Suresnes

1995. Les victimes de la mode - Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

1994. Civils dans la guerre au jour le jour - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan

1989. Les funérailles de Khomeini - Visa pour l'image, Perpignan