hi, I’m enrique

“I cap­ture instants you don’t see.”

I am a photographer in Geneva Switzerland. My inspiration comes from the work of many photographers, famous or not. I refer to myself as a visual sponge and like to constantly stimulate my senses. I have an equal interest in travel, philosophy, words, voices, music, food, faces, typography, nature and much more. I use my curiosity to stay away from conventions and am known to be eclectic, yet inclined to a certain classism.

Born in Paris in 1967, raised in Singapore, England, France and Switzerland, I am the son of several cultures. Argentinian by my father, Eurasian by my mother, I have chosen to become Swiss almost as a pledge to neutrality. Since my childhood, I have always travelled, first with my parents, then on my own, rarely returning twice to the same place.

In 1989, freshly graduated from the “École des Arts Décoratifs” in Geneva, I started a career in graphic design which brought me from the largest agencies to a small company that I created in 1995.

In 1998, I was struck by a high-grade cancer which I overcame by chance despite the worst prognostic. I started my slow reconstruction with the help of a camera focussed on the building blocks of a recovered life. During many years of photographic introspection, my images rarely showed any people, yet were continuously motivated by them.

In 2010, a succession of personal events helped me grow towards a new body of work, something that had silently developed itself over time. This was the door to portrait photography and an intimate way of witnessing life with a more holistic approach to it. This is where I am now.

Focussed on people-related photography — mainly portraiture and reportage — my work is balanced between personal research and projects with a corporate scope. Both are intimately connected while my eye remains free, sincere and eager to share more every day.

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Moments ago on twitter, I twat:

“Il est beau, il est bien, mais il est arabe…” #brevesdelacaissièreQuirina

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