Paris — New York

Jean-Baptiste Huynh

Photographer / Portraitist

Jean-Baptiste Huynh was born in 1966 in Châteauroux. He lives and works in Paris.



Jean-Baptiste Huynh was born in France in 1966, of a French mother and a Vietnamese father. As an autodidact, he taught himself photographic lighting and printing techniques, which he mastered to the point of developing a personal style. His pure and timeless photography is recognizable in widely varied themes and subjects: portraits, nudes, minerals and plants, as well as spiritual symbols and emblematic masterpieces. Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s thematics include the human gaze, our image of ourselves, the play of light, a sense of timelessness, and an attempt to capture infinity. Between 2006 and 2012, he made a study of light through five photographic projects: MIRRORS (2006), TWILIGHT (2007), FIRE (2008), MONOCHROME (2009), LOUVRE (2010) and BLIND (2011), brought together in the book LUMIÈRE along with the personal exhibition given by the Louvre. Jean-Baptiste Huynh considers the staging of his installations — their scenography — along with the conception of his books, as integral parts of his artistic vision. He has authored twelve personal books. Villa Médicis hors-les-murs laureate, Jean-Baptiste Huynh has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide. In 2002, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie presented the exhibition YEUX along with a book of portraits by Jean-Baptiste Huynh of major international photographers and painters. In 2006, the National School of Fine Arts of Paris devoted a retrospective to Jean-Baptiste Huynh, LE REGARD À OEUVRE, which brought together his studies of the human face in a variety of world cultures. In 2012, the Louvre invited Huynh to show RÉMANENCE a collection of his photographs inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection. In 2017, Guimet Museum of Asian art in Paris gave Jean-Baptiste Huynh carte blanche to show an exhibition in 2019. A continuation of his exhibition at the Louvre, retrospective of 20 years of Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s photographic work on Asia, enriched with new work made specifically within the collections of Guimet Museum and his new series REFLECTION - ASIA, focusing on diversity of the woman face in Asia. In 2019, the artist work on a wider portraits project: WOMAN, enlighting the beauty of the woman face in its universality and timelessness. A selection of photographs has been presented at Galerie Lelong & Co., avenue Matignon (Paris). This project comes with a series of interviews about “beauty” gathering answers from various personalities. In 2019, Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s work has also been exhibited at Patrik Gutknecht’s gallery in Geneva and at Multimedia Museum of Art in Moscow. cludes portraits, nudes and still-life projects and is well in evidence in his most recent series: Mirrors, Fire and Twilights.  Huynh’s thematic preoccupations include the face — and the human gaze in particular — the play of light, the sense of timelessness, and the attempt to capture infinity. Huynh considers the staging of his installations — their scenography — along with the conception of his books, as integral parts of his artistic vision. He has authored nine volumes dedicated to portraiture. Jean-Baptiste Huynh has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide.

Selected exhibitions

  • 2019
    • Multimedia Art Museum, Moscou, Fédération de Russie
    • Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, France
    • Musée national des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, Paris , France
    • Galerie Lelong & Co., Matignon, Paris, France
  • 2017
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2016
    • Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire - Centre d’Arts et de Nature, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
    • Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris, France
  • 2015
    • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Etats-Unis
  • 2014
    • Museum at the Bci, Los Angeles, États-Unis
  • 2013
    • Musée Réattu, Arles, France
    • Sonnabend Gallery, New York, États-Unis
  • 2012
    • Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2010
    • Galerie Alexander Ochs, Pekin, Chine
    • Couvent des Cordeliers, Châteauroux, France
  • 2009
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
    • Musée de l'Hospice Saint Roch, Issoudun, France
    • ESO Astronomy Room, Desert Museum, Antofagasta, Chili
    • Kunsthalle Wien, Vienne , Autriche
  • 2008
    • Sonnabend Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
    • Sungkok Art Museum, Séoul, République de Corée
    • 1998
      • Hôtel d'Albret, Paris, France
    • 1996
      • Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
    • 1989
      • Palais des architectes, Varsovie, Pologne
      • Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
      • Fondation EDF, , France
      • Fondation Hewlett Packard pour la Photographie, , France
      • Fondation Neuflize Schlumberger Mallet, , France
      • Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin, Allemagne
      • Musée de Brême, Brême, Allemagne
      • Musée Reina Sofía, Madrid, Espagne
      • Maison de la Photographie de Moscou, Moscou, Fédération de Russie
      • Musée des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
      • Université d’Art d’Osaka, Osaka, Japon
      • Fondation Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Paris, France
      • Fonds municipal pour l’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
      • Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris, France
      • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
      • Pinault Collection, Paris, France
      • Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie, Turin, Italie
      • Collection Palazzo Grassi, Venise, Italie

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