Hello! I'm Serge Bouvet, photographer based in Paris.

Even though I gained expertise on my work as a photographer, I consider myself to be an eternal amateur photographer. I'm continuously still learning. I view myself as a candid spectator of the world in which I live.

My work is governed by simple values: Humanism, respect and enthusiasm. Some of it has been featured by the National Geographic, Art travel, La Croix, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Figaro Magazine, etc

Recent exhibitions include shows in Switzerland and in Russia.

My life in brief since 2002

I lived in Tokyo, in the street of Rokugo-dori between Shinjuku and Shibuya, between 2002 and 2008.

I earned my life as a French teacher in the Shibuya district. In 2005, my first daughter was born in a hospital in Shinjuku, so I bought my first camera, a Canon 40D. I took my first shots with my family, my students.

I then started to learn photography as a self-taught person. At first I tried Kung Fu and Yoga postures to take pictures. I stopped this way of shooting when I broke my camera lenses.  

One day, I tooke the bull by the horn and started to seriously study photography by visiting photo galleries and reading books in the library.

I discovered the photographs of Steve McCurry, Bruce Gilden, Raghubir Singh, Raghu Rai, Jacob Aue Sobol, David Alan Harvey, Alex Webb, Mao Ishikawa, Dougie Wallace, Stuart Freedman... They inspired me. They helped improve my vision. My intuition and observation were motivated by these mentors.

Nowadays I travel around the world meeting great people in India, Cambodia, Japan...

I am a hunter of shadows and lights with a pronounced taste for story and the smell of street.

"I want people to look at my shots and make up their own story."

My first time...  as a professional photographer

Everything begins with a starting point, photography is no exception. I took some clumsy shots too. In 2008, I didn't know how to sell my pictures, how to talk about them, or even how to approach people I wanted to shoot photos with. I had no network in the world of photography. Every month, I hardly made any money. I was taking pictures for free. Fortunately, I worked in a consulting firm in Paris.

Little by little, I began to build my network. As times went by, I became interested in business and marketing. Making money in photography is a real challenge!

In 2014, I was finally able to live from photography. I had to diversify my business. Therefore, I work in fashion sometimes, or in corporate photography, or even in travel photography. And sometimes I teach photography classes. I speak at a conference on photography. Nowadays, I continue to learn and still learn photography for pleasure.

15th December 2009, my first publication on French newspaper, Figaro.

At that time, I debuted my photographer career. 

I used to walk around with my camera every day. I was hoping to photograph the unexpected. 

I used to walk around with my camera every day. I was hoping to photograph the unexpected.

One day, I saw this scene on photograph by chance. This picture shows the arrest of Olivier Besancenot. He's a a French far-left political figure and the founding main spokesperson of the New Anticapitalist Party from 2009 to 2011.


6th June 2010, I receive my first client order: a portrait of President of the Court of Audit of France, Didier Migaud.

6th June 2010, I receive my first client order: a portrait of President of the Court of Audit of France, Didier Migaud.

I was very impressed with this order. I had never taken an institutional photo before. So I made for myself, a little visual dictionary of a presidential posture. I really liked the painted portrait of Presidents of the United States like Herbert Hoover or Dwight D. Eisenhower. These painted portraits inspired me a lot! 

17th May 2015, I'm selling my first photo print with a certificate of authenticity for limited editions.

I never dared print my photos. I was afraid of the result. In addition, I underestimated my work. And then one day, a customer insisted on buying a large format print. 

When the photo print was done, I had chills. It was a fantastic experience to see a real photograph printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag.

16th September 2015, I talked for the first time about my work in public.

I was commissioned to animate a Conference at Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po in French) around the representation of poverty in photography. It was stimulating, exciting, and very intense for me. Talking about my photographic approach and sharing my personal vision was a thrilling exercise.

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