From the United States to Japan to Siberia to China to India to Amazonia, Hervé Saint-Hélier has circled the world, exploring and unveiling unexpected discoveries captured through a meticulous and delicate process in photo laboratories. Regardless of so-called technical boundaries and photo development standards, he soon began exploring in labs too – combining techniques, flooding, eroding, irradiating, triggering eruptions of light - on a systematic chromatic quest. Hervé Saint-Hélier is keen to shape raw living material, hence his ongoing preference for roll films, even if he also explores digital photography.
Hervé Saint-Hélier’s story as a photographer began in 1989 on his twentieth birthday with a gift from a friend: his first camera, a Nikon FG. One year later, after landing gigs with Hachette Filippachi and ELLE Studios, Sygma and Sipa Press started distributing his photographs. A perpetual explorer, Saint-Hélier began circling the world, capturing and revealing the unexpected through a meticulous work on colors in photo laboratories. He is keen to shape raw living material, hence an ongoing preference for roll films, even if he also explores digital photography.