Stéphane Couturier


Stephane Couturier was born in France, in 1957.

Couturier began his career as an art photographer in his native Paris in the early 1990?s and has since made significant bodies of work.

The photographs of Stephane Couturier, whether of construction sites in Berlin, demolished buildings in Havana, or an automobile assembly plant in Valenciennes, are all about transformation, a subject he explores with a strong sense of design and composition and a specific sense of color.

Public collections

- Landes Museum, Linz

- Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi
- Fondation Lhoist, Limelette

- Museu Nacional da Republica, Brasilia

- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
- Assemblée Nationale, Paris
- Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris
- Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg
- Musée des Beaux-Arts de Belfort
- Musée Carnavalet, Paris
- Musée de La Roche sur Yon
- Musée du Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts, Paris
- Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Puteaux
- Cabinet des Estampes - Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
- FRAC Alsace, Sélestat
- FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
- FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon
- Fondation NSM, Paris, France


- Deutsche Bank, Frankfort, Germany
- Musée d'Art Contemporain de Brême, Bremen

- Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

- Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, Luxembourg
- Grand-Duc Jean Museum, Luxembourg
- Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg


- Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne

- Caldic Collection, Rotterdam
- De Pont Foundation, Tilburg
- Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
- Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
- Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
- Randstad Nederlands, Amsterdam


- Art Institute of Chicago, IL
- Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio
- Goldman Sachs, NYC, NY
- LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles County Museum, CA
- Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
- Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
- National Gallery, Washington, DC
- Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
- Saint-Louis Museum, MO
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
- Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, KS


« Urban archeology » serie made in cities like Berlin, Paris, Seoul, Moscow, Havana.

Whether through images of demolition or construction, the unique energy and vitality of his photographs accentuate the temporal turbulence of metropolitan areas of the world.

This serie shows visually complex sites exhibiting dynamic vertical and horizontal lines, elegant curves, and brilliant effects of light and indigenous color.


« Melting Point » serie

In this series Couturier extends his decades long project of exploring how modern cultures simultaneously construct and destroy.

Using a large format camera, Couturier creates crisply detailed prints that expand the viewer's awareness of how a photograph can look and how urban occurrences can be conceptualized. Each picture is printed from a sandwiching of two moments in time, creating highly abstract yet precisely detailed images. People, machines, car parts, wires and more all compete for the viewer's attention, images of industry simultaneously out of control and in perfect harmony.



For each video, the process sets out to maintain a certain frontality in relation to the subject portrayed in order to strip it of effect. The intensified image becomes a living scene in which the flows of the city come and go with the current of urban life.

Moreover, the videos are in loop, so they are not conceived in the form of a dramatic progression, instead revealing itself as a globality which is somehow out side time, somewhere which stretches, kneads and condenses time. It is thus clearly shown that reality is no longer made up of separate things, of fixed geometrical forms, but has become something fluid, in a constant state of movement and transformation.


Stéphane Couturier

October 6, 2018 - March 4 2019

Vu d'Alger

6 - 22 September 2018

La terre en questions | Festival La Gacilly Photo

June 2 - September 30 2018

SETE #18

8 - 27 May 2018

The French Photography Exists, I met it

Pascal Kern

March 7 - May 20 2018

The Beauty of Lines

January 31 - May 6 2018

Cités, half-permanente Exhibition

November 28, 2017 - November 30 2020

Paysages français Une aventure photographique (1984 - 2017)

Aymeric Fouquez,

Thierry Girard,

André Mérian,

Jacqueline Salmon

October 24, 2017 - February 4 2018

Horizons, Group Exhibition

October 7 - December 31 2017

Stéphane Couturier, Solo Exhibithion

October 1 - December 3 2017


September 29, 2017 - January 6 2018

Alger la Blanche

September 7 - November 28 2017

Alger, Climat de France

July 1 - September 17 2017


May 6 - September 10 2017

So Far So Close

April 27 - June 17 2017


Ray K. Metzker

April 20 - September 24 2017

L'ombre et l'angle

Berenice Abbott,

Tom Arndt,

Luc Boegly

7 - 29 April 2017