About - Nicolas St-Pierre

Nicolas St-Pierre

Bio

Nicolas St-Pierre (b. 1974) is a Canadian photographer currently based in Tokyo, Japan. 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 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 magazines. In recent years, Nicolas’ work has garnered awards from 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: 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;

• 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: 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

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

• 2017: Two selected entries, photo contest “Vos 300 meilleures photos”, Réponses Photo  (France), March 2017;• 2016: 1st prize, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, photo contest “Foreign Service Officers in Action”;

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

• 2016: Jury Special Mention, 19th edition of “Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes” photo contest, Tokyo, Japan;

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

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

• 2012: winning entry, photo contest “Showtime – The Colour Red”, Photolife, Canada;

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

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

• 2005: winning entry, photo contest “Showtime – Baby Face”, 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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