Charles de VAIVRE

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Charles de Vaivre is a French born photographer.
Charles got involved with photography when his grandfather, a filmmaker and producer, raises his curiosity for art and his taste for images and offers him a camera when he is only 8 years old.
Much later, when the question arose of what to choose for his further education, he opted for Design.
Those years of study at Strate College and more generally in artistic creation, have developed his graphic and conceptual capacities and enhanced his
natural disposition to convey his emotions otherwise than through words. In 2006 he decided to take the leap and to switch from design to photography. Charles loves to compose his images like the painters do: the framing and the light
– each picture must have the right balance between full and empty in order to
be graphic and dynamic – are patiently and thoroughly defined until he
succeeds to transcribe what he is seeing and what he is feeling.
Between 2007 and 2010 Charles is working on a photographic series that show the interaction between gardens and architecture: “New York Rooftop Gardens”, edited by teNeues in Mai 2011 turned out to be his first outstanding work and has met with a great success. In 2013 he settled in New York, where he is represented by Artstar Gallery. He is also working in close collaboration with architects, interior decorators and landscapers, providing them the images of their creations. He also fulfils private orders and polishes his artistic work. And then, in 2018, he leaves for Hong Kong. Since December 2019 Charles
hasn’t left the Hong Kong territory, only to focus on a large photographic series, “Hong Kong 1106”.


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Star ferry - 2021

Edition 1 of 3 (+2 AP)
Print size 40X30cm (with white border)
C-Print (Chromogenic print) on Ilford Black and White baryta

(print with framing 40X50)

HKD 61,800

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Ajour II
Star ferry - 2021


Edition 2 of 5

( 3 to 5 on order 
Edition n+1= + HKD 4,000)
Print size 60X45cm (with white border)
C-Print (Chromogenic print) on Ilford Black and White baryta

(print with framing)


HKD 38,200

Sometimes there is no explanation for the instant, only the emotion that it captures! That’s how I compose my pictures. The subject inspires me all the freedom to catch and tame it. I love to rotate around it like a carousel, to rob its most beautiful poise, to respect its deficiencies and to escape at the rightmoment.
Since January 2020, because of the pandemic and since the borders closed, I have been forced to focus on the only possible territory for me to explore, a territory going under a profound change : Hong Kong.

1106. That’s the surface in square kilometers of Hong Kong, that I’m making you discover, like a diamond in the middle of carbon atoms. I have walked over the entirety of the region of Hong Kong, in order to recreate very specific ambiences and to enhance the overlapping symbolism of the past and the present of every site.
The photographic approach was crucial for this project and especially in the use of the media. That’s why I wanted to shoot in black and white, just as one discovers a novel in which the pages are white and the text unfolds in black, in abstract, real and emotional journeys.