Born in 1964 in Geneva Switzerland, Jean-Paul Cattin received his first telemetric Canon camera at the age of 12.
He was quickly fascinated by photography and only two years later, at the age of 14, the local Swiss newspapers were already publishing his landscapes reportages and portraits.
Another two years later Jean-Paul Cattin began studying at the prestigious Photography School of Vevey, in Switzerland. After receiving the Federal Swiss Diploma in photography in 1984, he left Geneva for Paris where he would soon become a people & fashion photographer. 1992 while continuing his work in Paris he based himself in Geneva. Cattin was now shooting international campaigns for luxury brandsand directing numerous commercials. While his fashion & advertising work was praised for its precision and creativity, in 1999 Jean-Paul slowly shifted his photographic interest towards still life and by 2001 he was producing campaigns and editorials for international luxury brands.
In 2007, Cattin’s interest for artistic work developed and his photographs in Switzerland, America, Germany were awarded in international competitions and published in magazines.
His work is highly influenced by urban environments and organic decay. Cattin is looking for a reinterpretation of reality namely urban elements taken from the places he explores. Walls, floors, garbage trucks or any other terrestrial material, which are the basis for his work, are reviewed, contrasted to the extreme and highly detailed.
Cattin’s pictures are romantic, nostalgic, and often haunting observations. They are a narrative of imagined experiences, like successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations we discover through memories or dreams. They include large-scale abstract photographs in which reality is reinterpreted in a poetic and dramatic manner.
Jean-Paul received several photographic awards and nominations in the categories of fine art and abstract. His work is exhibited across the world in places such as New York, L.A, London, Berlin, Milan, Brussels, Seoul, Singapore, Honk Kong, and Miami... Based in Geneva, Jean-Paul works in New York and Europe.