I grew up in Cannes in the fishermen district (le Suquet), at a stone-throw from the port and the famous film festival … I keep a huge respect and a deep admiration for the men of the sea but also for the world of entertainment and image … After being for a few months assistant of the fashion photographer Henri Heidersheid in 1975, then I left to sail on the seas. I started my work as a professional photographer in 2000. I was one of the first to adopt digital for boat photography.
“Nicolas likes the technique and the sea, he built boats, sailed, ran his company, and if the photography came to him a bit like an opening window, he never stopped improving his knowledge of this art. Not only through of his science mastery, but also with a great knowledge of photography as an art form, this is how he looks, linking in his eyes art history with the gear possibilities.
This window opened for Nicolas a little more than 18 years ago, it is not much if we consider the richness of the work when we look at the eclectic photographs. The boat, of course, allows him to be recognized today as the reference for yacht interiors, but also Architecture, and the World in its details, as flowers grow between two stones or dies a broken branch on the ground.
A man whose convictions make a style, the pleasure he takes in his art is endlessly growing, he is one of those who believes in the last light as a chance to catch the photographer’s blue note.“
“When Nicolas decided to invest in a camera at the very beginning of the digital era, his commitment, the rigor of the methodical approach to this art, and probably also the need to quickly obtain acceptable results have made him, almost immediately, a photographer.
From this first generation of shots, one could retain the technical mastery, the understanding of his customer’s wishes, and a formal academicism resulting from his respect for peers.
Having solidly built his base, Nicolas was very quickly committed to open his mind and his lens to other targets than boats: shadows and reflections in a house of Spain, architecture of curves and lights of Frank O Gehry, pebbles and crazy grasses, bolts and mechanical parts have been photographed as Hollywood stars: with respect always, sometimes love, but also an astonishing creativity: “doing the little things like the big ones” served as a leitmotiv in the second period of Nicolas as photographer: that of the passage to the state of Artist.
With a humble, almost self-effacing approach, he has become a major signature of altruistic photography, one that puts itself entirely at the service of the framed subject. It is with the same generosity that he followed the team of Watever, during a trip to Bangladesh from where he did bring back pictures of an incredible humanity.
Lover of colours, ephemeral (and what more ephemeral than a wake on the sea or the passage of a sailboat?) he adds the notion of passing time in his photographs, as for this sublime series of dishes from the chef Nicolas Magie he photographed in the gardens of the Saint-James Hotel & Restaurant in Bouliac, or when he follows the seasons in Bordeaux châteaux of vineyards.
Eclecticism is not an art in itself, but it gives Nicolas a freedom of tone, a creative force that allows him to address all subjects with this mix of skill and respect that, today, makes us look at his work with joyful pleasure, far from gravity, ready for any surprises.
Who has forgotten the tables set on these boat decks under construction? These photos have become classics, but the playful shift that they unveiled already announced the talent of Nicolas Claris, passed from a photographer by necessity to a contemporary artist.”
Galerie du Saint-James
Bouliac, juin 21 – Septembre 6 2017
Galerie du Saint-James
Bouliac, 2 Mai – 12 Juin 2016
Bateaux, Châteaux, Gâteaux
Bouliac, May 3 – June 13, 2016
Or et lumière
Halle des Chartrons
Bordeaux – July 9-16, 2015
Photo Contemporary – OPF Gallery One
Raleigh Studio, Hollywood – USA, May 1-3, 2015
Vignobles et châteaux
L’éspérance – Bouliac
A Summer in Bloom
Collective exposition, Galerie Basia
Embiricos, Galerie Photo 1, Galerie Du 10
Paris, May 22 – July 26, 2014
Three Châteaux in Winter
Galerie du Saint-James – Bouliac,
May 15 – June 7, 2014
• Galerie L’Escalet – La Ciotat, June 2015
• Photo Contemporary – Los Angeles – May, 2015
• Galerie du Saint-James, nov. 2013 – May, 2014
• Galerie Basia Embiricos – Paris, July, 2013
• Salon du Multicoque – La Grande Motte, April, 2013
June 1st – August 31, 2006
Aquitaine July 4 – 16, 2005
French Nautical Industry Federation
Paris, 2004 and 2005PUBLICATIONS
Numerous yachting and architecture magazines.BOOKS
Château Tour Saint-Christophe
The Making of
Catamarans by Marc Pajot (contribution)
Editions de la Martinière
Racing Only Now at the Voiles de Saint-Tropez
Exteriors – Interiors
Chrisco – The making of
The history of the construction of the contemporary 100 foot yacht built by CNB
Nicolas Claris – Photography 2003 – 2010
2011 – A glimpse of the most beautiful yachts and architectural scenes
Only Now – From Drawing to sailing
The history of the construction of a magnificent 104 foot yacht built by CNB