Harold Hermann France, b. 1977

Harold Hermann has an atypical artistic background. Parisian of 44, he began photography during his teenage years, attracted by the operation and mechanism of reflex cameras that he likes to disassemble and understand up to the slightest technical possibility. The advent of digital will overcome this emerging passion. He then went on to study medicine to become a resuscitating anesthesiologist, while pursuing an activity as an actor, author and director with his theatre company that would perform about fifteen dates a year for 15 years. He’s the author of three plays performed in Paris between 2016 and 2019. In parallel, he trained in the art of sculpture in two prestigious Parisian workshops (Atelier Villa d'Alésia and Atelier Marc Antoine).

His passion for cinema and philosophy led him to take up photography, this time in digital, to put in image the thoughts that animate him. His work is, above all, an exploration of the human, his affects and the meaning he gives to his existence. He began directing photography in 2020 with the intimate series « A CORPS ECRITS » then, in a real singular project in large format, the series « LIBERTE-EGALITE-FRATERNITE », « AMOUR » and
« HUMAINES » in 2021 in which the search for beauty is accompanied by symbolism, poetry and hidden meanings that are gradually being discovered.



For the pictorial part : The cinema of Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick and James Gray have a definite influence.  The same is true of painters such as Caravaggio, Delacroix, Géricault, Jacques-Louis David and the Pre-Raphaelites. His favorite photographers are Erwin Olaf, Eugenio Recuenco and Salgado.

His mind was marked by the readings of the analytical English philosophers, Montaigne and Spinoza.