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Nicolas Claris Bio

nicolas claris

OPF Co-founder/Administrator
Nicolas Claris
Based in Bordeaux on the river banks for almost 20 years, Nicolas Claris was born in 1952 and grew up in the fishing neighborhood of Cannes; a stones throw from the port and the famous film festival.
He began working as a professional photographer for several yacht builders, architects and designers in 1999. In 2008, Sinar entrusted him with an HY6 for one year of intensive testing under conditions that were unusual for this type of camera.
In 2012 a close collaboration with Pentax / Ricoh was established.

Nicolas spent his first years in Cannes, the city located on the French Riviera where magnificent yachts, small fishermen boats and movie festivals are the fundamentals of the life. Sometimes the place where one spends one’s youth sets the stage for the rest of one’s life.
He was already an amateur boat builder by the age of 19 (he built a 45 ft sailboat with a friend)! He cut his teeth as a photographer’s assistant in 1975 over several months in fashion photography in Paris and then the sea pulled him back to sailing. These two forces have shaped his life. As a skipper, from 1974-1979, he crossed the Atlantic ocean, sailed the Mediterranean Sea and the three oceans.
Then came boat building in Antibes for 4 years and following that a successful career in advertising agencies work for 10 years in Paris. In 1993 he created “Claris” with Marine, his talented wife: an advertising agency dedicated to the Yachting industry, architecture and vineyards, later their son Romain joined them, bringing his own talent for video shooting and editing.
By 2000 he was fully devoting to his passion for his own photography of the best of yachts that prestige shipyards could produce and started in parallel a series of personal photographic works. This carried through in the delivery of the pictures in ads, brochures, catalogs, limited edition books and giant exhibition prints as well.
Always fond of new technologies and technical progresses, Nicolas has been collaborating with Sinar and is for many years, featured by Pentax Ricoh in France and Europe.
In both his commercial and artistic photographic works, Nicolas sets his own view of beauty, esthetic and majesty in every single thing. His aim is to show that there is quite often an angle of view that brings hope and keep optimism despite the injustices and evils that exist on our planet…



Un été en fleurs (A Summer in Bloom)
Collective exposition, Galerie Basia
Embiricos, Galerie Photo 1, Galerie Du 10
Paris, May 22 – July 26, 2014

Trois châteaux en hiver (Three Châteaux
in Winter)
Galerie du Saint-James, Bouliac,
May 15 – June 7, 2014

BANGLADESH ! Galerie du Saint-James,
Bouliac, Nov. 2013 - May 14, 2014

BANGLADESH ! Galerie Basia Embiricos,
Paris, July 2013

BANGLADESH ! Multihull Salon,
La Grande Motte,April 2013

Dupon Bordeaux, 2006

Collective exposition
Aquitaine July 4 – 16, 2005

French Nautical
Industry Federation
Paris, 2004 and 2005

Nombreux magazines de yachting et d’architecture.

Catamarans by Marc Pajot (contribution)
Editions de la Martinière 2013

Racing Only Now at the Voiles de Saint-
, 2013

Exteriors - Interiors
2012 - Architectural photographs

Chrisco - The making of
2010 - The history of the construction of the
contemporary 100 foot yacht built by CNB

Nicolas Claris - Photography 2003 - 2010
2011 - A glimpse of the most beautiful yachts
and architectural scenes

Only Now - From Drawing to sailing
2005 - The history of the construction of a
magnificent 104 foot yacht built by CNB

Nicolas Claris
Claris Image Builder
162, quai de Brazza
CS 81217 - 33072 Bordeaux cedex - France
Tél. + 33 (0) 5 56 32 42 52
Mob. + 33 (0) 6 70 79 57 36

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