Living the world with a camera
When he was 9 years old, Georges Rousse received the legendary Kodak Brownie camera
as a Christmas gift. Since then, the camera has never left his side. While attending medical
school in Nice, he decided to study professional photography and printing techniques, then
opened his own studio dedicated to architectural photography. Soon, his passion for the
medium led to devote himself entirely to photography, following in the footsteps of such great
American masters as Steichen, Stieglitz and Ansel Adams.
After he discovered Land Art and Malevich's Black Square against a white field, Georges
Rousse altered his relationship to photography, inventing a unique approach that shifted the
relationship of painting to space. He began making installations in the types of abandoned or
derelict buildings that have long held an attraction for him--creating ephemeral, one-of-a-kind
artworks by transforming these sites into pictorial spaces that are visible only in his
From the early 1980s on, Georges Rousse has chosen to show his photographs on a large
scale, so that his viewers participate in the work and experience the sense of space in a
Collapsing the usual restrictions between artistic mediums, his unique body of work quickly
made its mark on the contemporary art world. Since his first exhibition in Paris, at the Galerie
de France in 1981, Georges Rousse has continued creating his installations and showing his
photographs around the world, in Europe, in Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Nepal.), in the
United States, in Quebec and in Latin America.
He has participated in numerous biennials (Paris, Venice, Sydney) and received many
1983: Villa Medicis hors les murs, New York
1985 -1987: Villa Medicis, Rome
1988: International Center of Photography Award, New York
1989: Salon de Montrouge Drawing Prize
1992: Romain Roland Fellowship, Calcutta
1993: National Grand Prix of Photography
2008: Succeeded Sol LeWitt as an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy
He is represented by several European galleries and his works are included in many major
collections the world over.
Georges Rousse was born in 1947 in Paris, where he currently lives and works.