Denis Rouvre is a French photographer. Born in 1967, he lives and works in Paris.
Since 1992, Denis Rouvre has been shooting portraits of celebrities in the limelight as well as everyday people going about their routine lives, who he has called his “contemporary heroes”. Many of this works, which might be seen as real investigations into the power and fragility of man, have been exhibited both in France and internationally, at Rencontres d’Arles, FIAC, Art Paris, Pinacothèque de Paris, Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, LiFE in Saint-Nazaire and many other venues. He presented his latest video installation featuring French people entitled Identities, intimate territories in the 2014 edition of the Rencontres d’Arles festival.
In 2015, the Museum Kunst der Westküste in Germany showed Low Tide and the Barbado Gallery in Lisbon has also displayed some of his works in the group show “Portrait of the world” alongside works by Nadav Kander, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Martin Parr, and others. In addition, in the summer of 2016 the CT Gallery in Megève exhibited a selection of his works coming from a range series. Rouvre’s portraits have been featured in prestigious magazines both in France and abroad. The New York Times Magazine published a portfolio from the series Low Tide.
He has received numerous prominent awards, such as the World Press Photo three times, in 2013 for an image from his series Sumo, in 2012 for a shot from his series Low Tide, in 2010 for his Lamb series, the SONY World Photography Award 2011 for his After Meeting collection, and a Hasselblad Masters Portrait in 2012. He has also several books to his credit, including Sortie de match (Editions de la Martinière), Lamb (his work on Senegalese wrestlers) and Low Tide – Le Japon du chaos, both been published by Somogy Editions d’Art. His most recent work, Identities, intimate territories, was also published by Somogy Editions d’Art in 2014.
His works are included in a number of public and private collections such as Pinacothèque de Paris, Société Générale and Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
“I tried to glean heroes in these individuals, and I truly found heroes.”
“I am taking home a life lesson: we want things we don’t have. Here the people look at what’s in front of them and live.”
“Each photo was an individual adventure, for each one I had to be there 100%.”
“My collaboration with Lavazza and Armando Testa was magical. I would say unique and extraordinary.”