About - Nicolas St-Pierre

Nicolas St-Pierre

Bio

Nicolas St-Pierre (b. 1974) is a Canadian photographer currently based in Ottawa, Canada. He has been practicing photography passionately ever since he was offered a Soviet-made Zenit camera by an Italian friend some 25 years ago. Lawyer by training, diplomat by trade but wanderer at heart, Nicolas dedicates most of his spare time capturing the places and people that he encounters through his professional and personal travels. 

Nicolas’ work has been exhibited in galleries in Ottawa and Montreal (Canada) as well as in New York City (USA), Golshahr (Iran), Beijing (China) and throughout Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Sapporo). It was also featured in Canadian, French and Japanese publications, including Réponses Photo, Onbeat, Photolife and Bout de Papier, as well as in online magazines. In recent years, Nicolas’ work has garnered awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA), the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa,  the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes Photo Contest and the Canada-Japan Society.


Artist Statement

Legendary war photographer Robert Capa once said: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. To me, these words are more than just photographical advice. They convey a fundamental truth about the medium itself. Ever since I picked up my first camera some 30 years ago, this little piece of equipment has become a wonderful tool to help me step out of my comfort zone, an invitation to explore, and a mean to build bridges between myself and the other. The camera provides me with both an excuse and an incentive to get closer, to connect emotionally and physically with those who cross my path and arouse my curiosity. Of all photographic genres, street and travel photography, with a slight documentary bent and an occasional touch of humour, are those that currently appeal to me the most. Inspired my masters such as Elliott Erwitt, Richard Kalvar and Alex Webb, I stride to freeze fleeting moments, uncover the extraordinary in everyday life and lead the viewer to look at the world with a fresh pair of eyes. My photography is rarely deliberate as I prefer to wander and let myself be surprised by the situations that arise in front of me.


Exhibitions

• 2019: 24 Hour Project, collective exhibition, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 NYC, New York City, USA;

• 2019: The Print Swap, collective exhibition, Foley Gallery, New York City, USA;

• 2019: A+ Exhibition (11th edition), collective exhibition, School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada;

• 2018-19: Japan Transforming – through Diplomats’ Eyes 2018, collective exhibition, Hills Café and Space (Tokyo), Meiji Jingu Gaien (Tokyo), Hyogo International Gallery (Kobe), Central Park (Nagoya) and Higashikawa Bunka Gallery (Higashikawa), Japan;

2018: A+ Exhibition (10th edition), collective exhibition, School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada; 

2017-18: Japan – a Country of Contrasts – through Diplomats’ Eyes, collective exhibition, Hills Café and Space, Tokyo, Japan;

• 2017: Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition, collective exhibition, Canon Open Gallery, Tokyo, Japan;

• 2017: The Family of Man, collective exhibition, Afghanistan Art House, Golshahr, Iran;

• 2016-17: Japan: Scintillating and Serene, collective exhibition, Hills Café and Space (Tokyo), Central Park (Nagoya) and Hyogo International Gallery (Kobe), Japan;

• 2016: A+ Exhibition (9th edition), collective exhibition, Redwall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada;

• 2013: Havana Street, collective exhibition, Redwalll Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada;

• 2009: Canadian Cameras at Work, collective exhibition, Nexus Cultural Center, Beijing, China;

• 2007: Delivering in Time of Need: the Evacuation of Canadian Citizens from Lebanon, collective exhibition, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, Canada;

• 2004: L’objet retrouvé, collective exhibition, City of Montreal, Canada;


Publications

• 2019: “Group Exhibition”, F-Stop Magazine, No. 95, June-July 2019 (USA);

• 2019: Tokyo Shimbun, January 6, 2019;

• 2018: “Concours de photos de l’APASE 2017”, Bout de papier, Canada, Vol. 30, No.3, summer 2018;

• 2018: スバル360で長距離ラリーに参戦、Nostalgic Hero: The Premier Japanese Classic Car Magazine, p. 88, Vol. 30, No.6, January 1st, 2018;

• 2017: Tokyo Shimbun, November 26, 2016;

• 2017: “The World Through Canadian Eyes” 2016 Photo Contest, Bout de papier, Canada, Vol. 30, No.1, summer 2017;

• 2017: “Vos 300 meilleures photos”, Réponses Photo, No. 300, March 2017;

• 2017: “Scintillating Japan 2016, through Diplomats’ Eyes”, Onbeat (Bilingual Magazine For Art and Culture from the Edge of the East), Vol. 6, January 2017;

• 2017: organizational calendar, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), Canada;

• 2016: Tokyo Shimbun, October 23, 2016;

 2016: “Scintillating Japan 2016, through Diplomats’ Eyes”, Exhibition catalogue;

• 2016: "A Photographic Journey Aboard the Legendary Hershey Train”, Bout de papier, Canada, Vol. 29, No.3, summer 2016;

• 2015: Cover of the Canada-Japan Society Newsletter;

• 2014: organizational calendar, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), Canada;

• 2013: “Foreign service union escalates walkouts after talks break down”, Embassy News, Canada (13 June 2013);

• 2012: organizational calendar, PAFSO, Canada;

• 2012: “Showtime – The Colour Red”, PhotoLife, Canada (February-March issue);

• 2011: “Le concours de photos 2011”, Bout de papier, Canada (fall-winter issue);

• 2005: “Showtime – Baby Face”, PhotoLife, Canada (May issue);


Awards and Prizes

• 2019: Semi-finalist, “The World We Live In – Celebrate Life” Photo Contest, PhotoLife Photo Solution (Canada);

• 2019: Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) One Shot / Street Photography;

• 2017: 2nd prize, “A Day in the Life” Photo Contest, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers;

• 2017: Two selected entries, “Vos 300 meilleures photos” Photo Contest, Réponses Photo (France), March 2017;

• 2016: 1st prize, “Foreign Service Officers in Action” Photo Contest, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers;

• 2016: 2nd prize, “The World Through Canadian Eyes” Photo Contest, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers;

• 2016: Jury Special Mention, “Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes” Photo Contest (19th edition), Tokyo, Japan;

• 2016: People’s Choice Award. “A+ Exhibition (9th edition)”, School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada;

• 2015: 1st prize, “Thoughts of Canada” 85th Year Commemorative Photo Contest, Canada-Japan Society;

• 2012: Winning entry, “Showtime – The Colour Red” photo contest, PhotoLife (Canada);

• 2011: 1st prize, “Canada in the World” Photo Contest, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers;

• 2006: Honorable mention, Child Photography Contest, Les rôtisseries St-Hubert, Canada;

• 2005: Winning entry, “Showtime – Baby Face” photo contest, PhotoLife (Canada).


Other Significant Experience

• 2016: Magnum Workshop with David Alan Harvey, Magnum, Tokyo, Japan;

• 2015 and 2014: Judge, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers’ Annual Photo Contest;

• 2012: Havana workshop with David Barbour, School of the Photographic Arts (Canada);

• 2008-2011: Founder and Chairman of the BeijinGX Photo Club, Beijing, China.


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