Nicolas Auvray was born in France. After several years living in various countries around the world (USA, China, Austria, Australia and Singapore), he moved to New York in 2005 where he currently lives.
Nicolas has been a photographer for 25 years; first as an amateur but eventually making it his full-time occupation. He studied at the International Center of Photography (I.C.P.) in New York where he still collaborates as an assistant to master printers.
For his work, he uses analogue cameras (medium and large format) and prints primarily in the traditional darkroom in paris and in New York.
In 2015, a selection of his work is entering the photography collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The BnF is one of the foremost collections of photographs and prints in the world.
About the prints
Unless specified, the prints are made in the darkroom by the artist on silver gelatin Baryta paper. Most are toned in Selenium and processed for archival quality.
Acquiring a print
Prints are available for purchase: from 5×5 inches through to mural-size prints – up to 4 feet tall and 10 feet long. To inquire about purchasing prints, please contact Nicolas directly.
Nicolas can print in usual formats up to 24 inches. However, Nicolas can also print large scale mural prints. These exceptional prints are available on special demand in very limited quantities. It is very rare to have the opportunity to enjoy a silver gelatin print in these sizes.
June 15 – September 2017: Gallery HEGOA, Paris 7th « Paris, jolie Capitale ». Collective exhibition.
The Gallery exhibition features a selection from several portfolios of my night work in the French capital.
11 Silver gelatin prints realized in my New York City studio and darkroom up to 100 x 100 cm. Custom made steel frames were created and realized in partnership with a master craftsman in France. My image of the “Eiffel Tower” was selected for the show poster.
Exhibition also featured Aude Bernard, Michel Giniès, Jean-Luc Olezak, Thibaut Roland et Michel Setboun.
A TV coverage was broadcasted on LCI for the show “expo in the City” and is visible on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOGfjSvx1gk
March 25 – April 30 2017: Photography Festival exhibition – Emoi Photographique, Angoulême.
Series “Attractions Nocturnes: BELLA ROSE”
Selected for the photographic festival Emoi Photographique in Angoulême on the theme “History and Stories”. Public Show, images presented in large scale 100 x 100 cm.
29 August – 16 September 2016: Festival America, Vincennes, France, series “American Attractions”
Festival Exhibition- Solo Show, Public outdoors display of 40 images in 150 cm x 150 cm.
Festival America, Place Pierre Sémard, Vincennes.
This portfolio is a series on the United States as I witnessed them since my arrival in the USA. It started in 2005 and still in progress. The scenography used the public square in an original setup to create a space so the visitor is always surrounded by several prints and get immersed in the artist’s universe. Traffic is 10,000 commuters per day and the festival draws 30,000 visitors over 3 days. A video is available on my YouTube page and on my website.
October 1st – December 6th 2015 :“Attractions Nocturnes”(Night Attractions).
Place du Louvre, Paris 1er, in front of the Louvre Museum, paris , France.
Solo Show, Public outdoors display of 19 Black and White images in large size from 120 cm x 120 cm up to 120 cm x 300cm. First chapter in a series « Attractions Nocturnes » that I continue to develop.
Exhibition in partnership with the City of Paris and Bibliothèque nationale de France, and supported by the sponsorships of ERDF, Hôtel Le Meurice, RATP, Picto et Kelton labs.
Presentation of the exhibition by Héloïse Conesa, curator of contemporary photography at BnF and Chuck Kelton, Professor at ICP, New York.
November 10 2011- january 29 2012 : Cyrus Company, Soho, New York.
Collective Exhibition. 24 B&W prints. With 2 other photographers. (Ray Bangs, Giorgio Zanardi)
October 6– November 13 2010: Cyrus Company, Soho, New York.
Collective Exhibition. 20 B&W prints. With 2 other photographers. (Peter Agron, Giorgio Zanardi)
2009 et 2010 : Local Exhibition in Westchester county, New York
2006-2017 : Teaching Assistant, International Center of Photography (ICP) New York.
Also attended the education programs at ICP for continuing education.
In 2016 he co-founds the artist collective « Reveal art » with photographer’s Wendy Paton.
His Photographs are represented in private collection and in 2017 a selection of his work is entering the photography collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The BnF is one of the foremost collections of photographs and prints in the world.
In France, Nicolas Auvray is represented by Galerie HEGOA – 16, rue de Beaune – PARIS 7ème
Press and further reading
- Attractions Nocturnes, 2015 mairie du 1er, Paris.
- Exposition A la galerie Hego: Paris Jolie Capitale:
- Festival America 2016
- “Attractions Nocturnes: Bella Rose” at Angoulême Festival Emoi Photographique:
Attractions Américaines 2015 – Festival America – Teaser / short version
Attractions Américaines 2015 – Festival America – full version
Gallery HEGOA June- September 2015 BFM TV / Expo in the City
Festival Emoi photographique Angoulême: