Perrin, Gilles

Gilles Perrin, Paris, France

I produce social and documentary photography. I am a researcher and humanist photographer My work is centered around making photographs and witnessing the condition of the world around me. This work is a conscious construction intended to be far from mass consumption photography. I try to show a certain reality, which matches my vision and my emotions.

I am a photographer of the human heritage in all its forms and I work to create a significant vision of my environment.  Before the multitude of images that surround us, I want my work to be viewed as the opposite of simple aestheticism, superficial and easy to read, and far from photographic truism.

My desire is to show the contradictions and paradoxes; the counterbalance of a world in progress which is impossible to deny. I am interested in the reality we don’t see. In Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, I endeavored to produce images in which the effects of style and anecdote have no importance.  I desire to show the inside of someone rather than their superficial exterior.  I don’t pray to “the deity of photographic authenticity”, but rather I keep an “arm’s distance” from the subjects I choose to photograph.

My desire is to show the contradictions and paradoxes, which are the counterbalance of a world in progress that is impossible to deny.

Gilles Perrin, 2008


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas
Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, Texas
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
Harstfield airport Art collection, Atlanta, Georgia
Polaroïd collection
Diet Gallery, Miami, Florida
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Institut du Monde arabe, Paris
Artothèque, Nice
Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris
Galeries Fnac (Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalons-sur-Saône)

Private collections, in Europe, in the US, China, Japan, Australia