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About The Banished Knight Namibia, Etosha National Park
About Gregory Herpe
"For me, photography is not watching; it's feeling ..."
Gregory Herpe was born in Paris in 1969. As photojournalist for press agency Sopa Images, Hong-Kong, and Polaris Images, New-York, he devoted much of his time to black & white & gray artistic photography, which he exhibited in many countries.
The human being, the urban, the organization of society and the weight of customs are his favorite subjects and he always shows three things in his photos: a message, a perspective, and emotion. This is why he doesn’t follow the rules.
For him, removing the colors is like taking off make-up from an actor, a woman or a clown: only the essential remains, the truth, pure emotion, sometimes crude but real.
Likewise, all his pictures seem to come out of a black halo because he sees the world dark, increasingly and symbolically. It is as if he plunges a hand into that obscurity in order to extract some light... There is always hope.
He photographed the Gypsies in southern France, little girls rescued from prostitution in Cambodia, IRA soldiers in Belfast, endangered animals in Africa, the minimalist landscapes of Northern Europe. But also as a portrait artist and set photographer he photographed celebrities of rock and cinema like David Bowie, Gérard Depardieu, Iggy Pop, Deep Purple, Nina Hagen, Jacques Dutronc, Patti Smith, Orelsan, etc.
He won several awards, such as the Noto Fior di Foto (Sicilia, Italy, 2018), the XVIIIth International Art Fair of Barcelona (Spain, 2017), the IPA (International Photography Awards (New-York, USA, 2016), etc.