Wave around the world 

A project conceived and produced by BNP Paribas


The 12 artists who illustrated the ingenious initiatives of the WAVE exhibition

Carlos Ayesta

Carlos Ayesta was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1985 and works as a freelance photographer in Paris. He specialises in architectural photography and photos taken from high places. His credits include a photo essay of photographs taken of the La Défense district of Paris while abseiling down skyscrapers, commissioned by EPADESA (the La Défense Seine Arche national interest operation). In 2013, his photo series about Fukushima, co-produced with Guillaume Bression, was exhibited at the Circulation(s) and Photaumnales festivals, in the FNAC galleries, and at the “7 in Luxembourg” gallery, and was projected at the “Voies Off” festival in Arles.

Sandra Birke

Sandra Birke was born in 1977 in Gütersloh (Germany). She initially trained as a photographer before working at design agencies and in fashion. She then studied visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. Her graduation project, “In Dog We Trust”, was exhibited at the Circulation(s) festival in Munich in 2012 and 2014. Sandra Birke also exhibited in Rome and Milan during 2014. With a strong focus on precise staging and sophisticated production of her designs, Sandra Birke chooses the most effective details to achieve the desired result.

T. Vanden Driessche

Born in Louvain (Belgium) in 1979, Thomas Vanden Driessche holds a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in humanitarian management. He worked successively for the United Nations Programme for Development in Morocco, the Belgian Red Cross, and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross to the European Union and NATO. Since 2010, he has been a freelance photographer for several magazines. He joined the collective Out Of Focus (a member of the Picturetank cooperative photo agency) in February 2011. Strongly attached to the “New Documentary Tradition”, his photography is often confrontational and strives to break down reality by giving special attention to the portrait. He lives and works in Paris.

Valentine Fournier

Valentine Fournier was born in 1973 in Paris (France). The discovery of a series of vintage school photos in black and white were the starting point for her collection of anonymous images dating from the 1920s to the 1950s. Strongly influenced by the world of Georges Perec, she dedicated her graduation project for her interior design degree to the staging of the writer’s works. Since 2000, Valentine Fournier has turned the staging of miniature scenes into an art form. She cuts out photos to extract the people who, when placed in the minimalist space of her shadow boxes and hand-sewn books, become the protagonists of a new story. 

Hahn + Hartung

Hahn + Hartung are the photographers Miguel Hahn (born in 1982 in Heidelberg, Germany) and Jan-Christoph Hartung (born in 1983 in Erbach, Germany). Between 2005 and 2011, Jan-Christoph Hartung studied photography at Darmstadt and Hamburg, while Miguel Hahn followed the same path in Darmstadt and Lisbon. The duo has exhibited in Berlin (Germany), Darmstadt (Germany), Schömberg (Germany), Dortmund (Germany), Paris (France), Hamburg (Germany), Freiburg (Germany), Luxembourg, Poznan (Photo Diploma Award, Poland) and won the Martin Lagois prize in 2010. Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung have worked together since 2010. They currently live and work in Madrid.

Per Johansen

Per Johansen was born in 1958 in Copenhagen. He began as a self-taught photographer, then joined a studio as an apprentice. In partnership with his brother, he directed a 16mm black and white film entitled Three Kisses. At the same time, the two brothers began working as professional photographers and travelled across Europe, holding exhibitions and selling their works on the street. Per Johansen next worked as a photographer at Roskilde University for a year, then opened a photography studio. After closing his studio in 2008, Per Johansen has chosen to devote himself to a photo project called “en anden side” (“another side”).

Thomas Jorion

Thomas Jorion was born in 1976 in Paris (France). He is based in Paris. His work takes place in the specific field of ruined or abandoned buildings, the sites now stripped of their use as much as their purpose. His photographic projects explore the relationship with the built environment by focusing on atypical spaces that prompt us to look and incite us to think about materiality and temporality. Thomas Jorion creates his images using a 4x5” large format camera and colour negatives.

Tim Parchikov

Tim Parchikov was born in 1983 in Moscow (Russia). He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Film and Advanced Studies for Screenwriters and Directors. He works in Paris and Russia as a freelance photographer, filmmaker and cinematographer for documentaries and fiction films. Since 2006, he has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Europe, including the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2014, he will be exhibiting at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Susanna Pozzoli

Susanna Pozzoli was born in 1978 in Chiavenna (Italy). She studied photography in France in addition to her university studies. In 2000, she participated in a number of international exchanges/residence projects with European photography schools. She exhibited her work in several solo and group shows in Europe and in the United States, where she received a long-term artist’s residency in New York. She has lived and worked in Seoul (South Korea), Shanghai, Barcelona, and France, on several occasions. Her projects have been exhibited in museums, galleries and foundations and her work has been widely published. For the last several years, audio and video have become increasingly important to her approach. She currently lives and works in Milan and Paris.

Lionel Pralus

Lionel Pralus was born in 1982 in Tours (France). He lives and works in Paris. After studying the History of Art and Design, he turned to photography and attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. His work is primarily focused on the intersection of text and photography. As a solo artist and as part of the Faux Amis collective (with Hortense Vinet and Lucie Pastureau), he continues his research into memory, particularly family memory, while questioning the place of the photographer and searching for a voluntary confusion in storytelling. Lionel Pralus also leads awareness and creative workshops centred around photography and video.


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Julien Taylor

Julien Taylor was born in 1976 in Paris (France). He gave up scientific research in 2005 to devote himself to photography. He celebrated this decision by spending two years photographing at night, and introduced a method of taking photographs specifically designed for creating photomontages. He then joined a number of different artist collectives with whom he creates surrealistic compositions based on the photographic deconstruction/reconstruction of the real world. He creates collages made of multiple photos taken at different times and from different points of view. This method allows him to create images that are both rigorously realistic and at the same time totally abstract, thus working on the mysterious boundary between the real and the imaginary.

Patrick Willocq

Willocq Patrick was born in 1969 in Strasbourg (France). He spent most of his life abroad, including 23 years in Asia and 7 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A self-taught photographer since the age of 20, his passion for travelling, learning about different cultures, and his desire to document the realities he had witnessed since childhood are closely intertwined. In 2011, he decided to leave his profession of twenty years to work with multinationals in Asia-Pacific, and now devotes himself to photography full time. In 2012, he exhibited at the Festivals Internationaux and won the AFD (French Agency of Development) prize. A finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack prize in 2014, Patrick is also competing for the 2014 Découverte des Rencontres d’Arles prize.