New York city - A day in autumn
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 Cattin’s landscapes, reportages and portraits were being published by the local Swiss newspapers. Another two years later he began studying at the prestigious Photography School of Vevey and in 1984 after receiving the Federal Swiss Diploma in photography, he left Geneva for Paris where he would soon become a people & fashion photographer. In 1992 while continuing his work in Paris he based himself in Geneva. Cattin was now shooting international campaigns for luxury brands and directing numerous commercials TV Spot. 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 of landscapes in the world were awarded in international competitions and published in magazines. In his most recent projects, Cattin 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. In 2010 and 2011 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, London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Milan, Brussels, Seoul, Singapore… Based in Geneva Jean-Paul works in New York and Europe.