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 Châteauroux 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 pure and personal style. The individuality of his photography is recognizable in a large body of work that includes 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
    • 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
  • 2013
    • Musée Réattu, Arles, France
    • Athr Gallery, Djeddah, Arabie Saoudite
  • 2012
    • Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2009
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2007
    • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Espagne
    • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France
  • 2004
    • Galerie Beyeler, Bâle, Suisse
    • Camera Work, Berlin, Allemagne
    • Tokyo Photographic Portrait Gallery, Tokyo, Japon
    • Maison de la Photographie de Moscou, Moscou, France
  • 2002
    • Centre Culturel de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • 2001
    • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • 1996
    • Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
    • 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
    • Université d’Art d’Osaka, Osaka, Japon
    • Collection Palazzo Grassi, Venise, Italie
    • Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie, Turin, Italie

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