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PIERRE-ALAIN FOLLIET

As he spends his childhood in his family house in Geneva, Switzerland, Pierre-Alain Folliet first contact with photography comes at age 12 through his parent’s Rolleiflex. His passion for image is born. Later while in the USA Pierre-Alain sets up a photography studio to pay back for his university loan and takes thousands of shots with the legendary Polaroid  SX70. The brand offers him a contract, allowing the photographer to further explore this medium. This period sets the base for Pierre-Alain Folliet’s  graphic and minimalist style. Back  home in Switzerland, he starts working in the finance field in Geneva, but never abandons photography. He thus starts an exhaustive project depicting the rock formations in the Lavezzi Islands in Corsica, France. In 2004 while visiting the Yellow Mountains in China Pierre-Alain Folliet is mesmerized by the mystery of the site and its interaction with the ever-changing skies. Six months later, he returns to  explore most of them, this time fully prepared for hi photographic exploration. The artist enjoys mostly working on long-term  projects and sets  up his  tripod  in various parts of the world. He crosses the deserts in the Middle East, sails to the Antarctica and lingers over diverse horizons. Being a sensitive aesthete unfailingly linked to Nature, he relentlessly studies deeper perspectives that would remain unnoticed to a superficial gaze. His meticulous, precise and poetic artworks transports the viewer into a universe full of details, unusual atmospheres and shapes, a universe dedicated to the depiction of simple beauty. Initially slightly skeptical but now totally a believer in digital photography, Pierre-Alain Folliet works on high precision devices such as Alpa and PhaseOne platforms. Different projects are currently in progress, including books and exhibitions, as well as portfolios dedicated to Desert images, Horizons, and the Antartica. The artist’s work has been displayed in Europe, Brazil and the USA . It is now present in  notable private collections worldwide.