nicolas boyer

Photographer for 2 years after graduation from the Gobelins School of Images - Paris in 2003. Then a parenthesis of 12 years working as a creative in advertising. From 2016 to 2021, i joined the Studio Hans Lucas, one of the main French groups of professional photoreporters thanks to a cooptation by its founder, Wilfrid Estève :

Never having left my comfort zone, apart from having inadvertently entered a compartment reserved for women on the Cairo subway, i go mainly through urban landscapes, often wondering "what am I fucking doing here."
2014- ...      :  Freelance photojournalist + videographer
2010-2015 :    Senior Art Director (McCann Erikson Paris + BETC Paris agencies)
2005-2010 :    Art Director (TBWA\Paris)
                   "Best creative agency in the world" from 2004 - 2008 (according to the official International Gunn Report )
2003-2005 :   Freelance photojournalist
1999-2003 :   Associate account executive (6 months) + Copywriter (3 years) at Euro-RSCG Works advertising agency
1998-1999 :    Financial analyst (Procter & Gamble Paris + Price Waterhouse London)
2014-2014 :   Training in shooting / editing with professional camcorders (at Video Design Paris)
2003-2003 :  Gobelins School of Images (photography section)
1995-1998 :   HEC Paris
1992-1995 :   Sciences Po Paris
at ease in English
Spanish & Italian, enough for flirting
German, completely forgotten
Photoshop, In-design, Illustrator, Lightroom
Final Cut pro X, Davinci Resolve 14, After Effects (notions)
Ableton Live 10



Winner of the photography competition "Les créatifs derrière l'objectif" ("Tourists" series)

Group exhibition organized by Corbis agency & le Club des Directeurs Artistiques français
> Winner of the 2nd photography competition "Les créatifs derrière l'objectif" ("The Blue Man" series)
Paris - Palais de Tokyo / Group exhibition

> Best photo of the jury of the photography competition "CinéTrain" SNCF / Polka Mag
> 1sr Prize of the photography competition organized by Wipplay
http://www.wipplay.com/fr_FR/concours-photo/argentcontent/ )
> FotoFever fair (Paris) - exhibition with Little Birds Gallery
> Sony World Photography Awards / Shortlist in the Open competition - "Travel" category
> Helsinki - Bank of Finland Museum / Group exhibition [October 2018 > June 2019]
( https://www.suomenpankki.fi/en/bank-of-finland/HappyCash/image-gallery/ )
> Winner of the Sony World Photography Awards /
Best photographer of the Year in the "Travel" category
- London - Somerset House / group exhibition
- Tokyo - Ginza Sony Center / group exhibition
- Paris - Espace photographique de Sauroy / group exhibition
- Berlin - Willy Brandt Haus / group exhibition
> Visa pour l'Image, Perpignan (France) : Iran series screened 
> Salon de la Photo 2019 : guest of the "Grandes Rencontres"
> Jury's "Special mention" of the Roger Pic Prize 2020
Exhibition at the SCAM Paris in October
> Special guest at the closing party of the La Gacilly festival
> Finalist of the Smithsonian Photography Awards
in the "People" category (10 shortlists out of 48.000 competitors)
> Publication in FishEye photo Book #4
> Sasakawa Foundation grant recipient
> Finalist Prix Maison Blanche - Marseille (France)
> Finalist Best 1st Book - HiP Prize (France)
> Finalist festival Les Photographiques - Le Mans (France)





Absolut Search / Cannes Lion Silver - Print
Absolut Search / Cannes Lion Bronze - Outdoor
Absolut Search / Epica gold
Absolut Search / Eurobest Silver
Absolut Search / Clio Silver - Print
BMW Poumons / Cannes shortlist - Print
Absolut Search 2 / Andy Award Silver (NY Festival)
Absolut Search 2 / Cannes Lion Silver - Cyber
Spontex / Clio Bronze - Print
Spontex / D&AD White pencil - Print
Mapa / Clio shortlist - Print
Mapa / Andy Award shortlist - Print
MINI / Grand Prix de l’APPM
Absolut No Label / Grand Prix de l’APPM
Absolut Pureté / Cannes shortlist - Outdoor
Absolut Pureté / Cannes Lion Bronze - Ambiant media
Absolut Pureté / Clio shortlist - Outdoor
INPES Dépistage / EACA Care awards
INPES Braquage / Prix Empreintes Or
NA! / Grand Prix Stratégies (mention)
France Terre d'Asile / Grand Prix de la Communication Solidaire
Nespresso / Silver Lovie award (best editing) + People Lovie award (prix du public)
Capitaine PLOUF / Club des Directeurs Artistiques (2 shortlists : presse + photographe)


China Newsweek  |  China Philantropist Mag  |  Courrier International  |  La Cité  |
La Croix  |  D La Repubblica  |  Les Échos  |  The Economist  | Eyeshot  |  Fisheye Magazine  |  Géo France  |  Geo Germany  |  The Guardian  |  Internazionale  |  Johnny  |  Landscape Stories  |  Libération  |  Le Monde  |  NY Times  |  Le Nouvel Observateur  |  NZZ  |  Of Course Magazine  |  Okapi  |  El Pais  |  Paris-Match  |  La Repubblica  |   Soixante-Quinze  |  Stern  |  Témoignage Chrétien  |  Le Temps  |  Vice Magazine  |  La Vie  |  Washington Post  |  Zurban



Here is an extract of what an automatic text generator wrote about my work in2016

( source : http://500letters.org/form_15.php )


Nicolas Boyer (born in 1972, Paris / France) makes films and photos. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, Boyer seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

His works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning.

His films feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By emphasising aesthetics, he makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

His works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in film. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

His works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. Art is entertainment: to be able to touch the work, as well as to interact with the work is important.

His works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

His works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect a sensation of indisputability and serene contemplation, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric, humoristic elements. By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the spectator, he makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing.