Nicolas Pascarel

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Nicolas Pascarel
Nicolas pascarel the passenger photography.jpg
Born(1966-07-13)13 July 1966
Paris, France
OrganizationThe Passenger Photography

Nicolas Pascarel is a French photographer, born in Paris, France in 1966. He has worked as a Photographer for over 27 years. He lives in Naples, Italy since 1998.

Life and career[edit]

Nicolas Pascarel's career has evolved through two major phases. The first phase from 1990 to 1997, he was a freelance photo reporter working for Parisian newspapers such as Libération, Le Monde, L'Humanité, Courrier International and the like. Nicolas has also worked in Cairo, Damascus, Rome, Havana, Naples and completed reportage of the last coal mine in North of France. The second phase from 1997, after Cuban trip, he embraced a more artistic approach, "the Saudade style" like he said. His work from this phase was exhibited not only in France, but around the world. He was referred to as the Robert Frank of his generation of photographers.[1] Nicolas Pascarel speaks 4 languages: French, Italian, English and Spanish. Since the early 1990s, has spent the majority of his time in Naples, Cambodia, Vietnam and Havana. He lived in Havana in 1996 and 1997.[2][3][4][5] Towards the end of 1997 after having lived in Havana, his approach to photography changed, and took on a more personal style; he began a close collaboration with the French Foreign Ministry to teach photography in several Fine Art schools in the world such as the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts School of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand and also Bangkok; as well as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam and the Fine Art school of Havana, Cuba.

At the beginning of the 21st century, he collaborated often with Cambodian NGOs, taking care of street children in Phnom Penh (Krousar Thmey, Friends, Handicap International).

During these years, he held several international exhibitions with the collaboration of French Embassy, several Ministries of Culture, in Cambodia, Thailand, Cuba, Vietnam and The French Foreign Office (AFAA).[6]

His works speak about past memories, lost places and Saudade. His work was exhibited in more than 45 galleries across France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, United States, Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and China. He also created a documentary about Cambodia called "Durant la Pluie" (During the rain) in 2004.[7][8]

In 2006 he created Fotoasia, which had two missions: providing full- immersion photography tours and curating photographic exhibitions. Under Fotoasia, Nicolas conducted photography workshops for over 10 years.

In 2016, approaching 50 years old, he closed Fotoasia in order to pursue a new photo story, inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's critically acclaimed film, The Passenger, he created The Passenger Photography. The concept is to continue the full immersion photo workshops in Asia and Cuba, but to include new destinations with a new spirit and way of Life. In Pascarel's words "The Passenger Photography encompasses photography, cinema, and atmospheres. It's about certain parts of the world, mine, or those I lived, learned, loved, wanted and suffered. The Passenger Photography is a subtle blend of fact and fiction, intertwined. It is this world that I invite you to read and look to still dream a little, together. The Passenger is a self portrait of every element that has made my life, that of yesterday and today, sprinkled with mystery, vitality, unanswered questions to distant adventures, Saudade, and love; above all, Love. The Passenger is an unfinished romance, as the life of a man who is still in search of what he seeks, disregarding the passing of time". To make this happen, Nicolas Pascarel wrote his first novel on May 2017 "Un dimanche entre l'hiver et le printemps, 8 heures du matin et tout bascule." (A Sunday between winter and spring, 8 am and everything rocked.")[9][10]

For the past two years Nicolas has been working on a photographic project entitled "Another Africa or L'Afrique Autrement" in particular in Maputo, Mozambique, and on the island of Sao Tomé and Principe on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. In this forgotten Africa, he finds the same sensations of adventure and wealth when he discovered Cambodia just 20 years ago to create the photo department at the Royal School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. You can find the latest interview with Nicolas Pascarel with Olympus Passion Magazine[11]


The most important photo exhibitions of Nicolas Pascarel:

  1. 2018. Germany. Darmstadt. Weißer Turm. Le Passager[12][13]
  2. 2016. Italy. Naples. Spazio Kromia. Winter in America[14]
  3. 2015. France. Biarritz. Festival Amériques Latines 2015. Antes de la noche[15]
  4. 2014. Italy Naples. Gallery d'Ayala6: Kep sur mer[16]
  5. 2014. Italy. Naples. PAN (Palazzo Arti Napoli) : S21 of Roberto Arcangeli (curator)[17]
  6. 2012. Italy. Naples. Largo Barracche : Antes de la Noche
  7. 2011. Italy. Naples. French institute of Naples: Gilberto, Le cri[18]
  8. 2011. Italy. Capri. Museo della Certosa di San Giacomo : L'Infinito Instante
  9. 2008. Singapore. International Photo Biennal: 106° 39’ 7’’E 10° 49’ 8’’N
  10. 2008. Indonesia. Jakarta. Goethe Haus Institute: "Another Asia" – The blue corridor
  11. 2008. Thailand. Bangkok. PhotoArtAsia : Short cut memory
  12. 2007. Italy. Naples. Gallery Trip : 106° 39’ 7’’E 10° 49’ 8’’N
  13. 2007. USA. San Antonio, Texas "Fotoseptiembre" : Una vita nuova
  14. 2006. China. Qinghai International Photography Festival: The blue corridor
  15. 2006. Holland. Noorderlicht Photofestival "Another Asia": The blue corridor[19]
  16. 2006. Italy. Rome. Gallery Santa Cecilia: At South of Cholon
  17. 2006. Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City. Month of Photography : The blue corridor
  18. 2005. Cambodia. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum of S21 and French Cultural Centre of Phnom Penh: Short cut memory
  19. 2005. Italy. Rome. Museum di Roma in Trastevere. Festival Internazionale di Fotografia "Oriented" : Short cut memory
  20. 2003. Italy. Venice. Gallery Immagina: Short cut memory
  21. 2002. France. Honfleur. International Photo Festival "Terre nomades" : Short cut memory
  22. 2001. Cuba. Havana. Fototeca de Cuba : Una vita nuova
  23. 2001. Spain. Ténérife. "Fotonoviembre" : Una vita nuova
  24. 2000. France. Saint Pierre. Gallery of Contemporary Art: Una Vita nuova
  25. 2000. France. Biarritz. International Photo Festival "Terre d'images" : Una vita nuova
  26. 2000. Cuba. Havana. Fototeca de Cuba : Moros y cristianos
  27. 1999. France. Toulouse. Gallery municipale du château d’eau : Moros y cristianos
  28. 1998. France. Nantes. International Photo Festival "Caraibes" : Moros y cristianos
  29. 1998. Italy. Padova. Gallery of Contemporary Art : Moros y cristianos
  30. 1997. France. Paris. Cinéma des cinéastes : Moros y cristianos


  1. ^ Réponse Photo- Hors série N6 – juin juillet aout 2008 Hommage à Robert Frank " le reportage autrement" Portfolio de 13 pages de Nicolas Pascarel
  2. ^ Sara Rania alias Kitsuné (26 September 2011). "Il Malecon di Nicolas Pascarel". Artsblog. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ Manlio Converti (22 May 2014). "Recensione della personale di Nicolas Pascarel – Kep Sur Mer / Racna Magazine". Racna Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Una vita da fotografo". Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Il viaggio in Cambogia di Nicolas Pascarel". Corriere del Mezzogiorno. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ "S21 Exhibition". 9 November 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ " – Durant la pluie". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Exhibition S21". 9 November 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ "The Passenger Photography". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Novel un dimanche entre l'hiver et le printemps 8 heures du matin et tout bascule". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Nicolas Pascarel, Author at Olympus Passion".
  12. ^ "Le Passager" (PDF). Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Le Passager". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Winter in America". Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Prochains Événements – "Antes de la Noche" Olivier Léger – Nicolas Pascarel – Luis Pinto . – Réponses Photo". Réponses Photo. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  16. ^ "nicolas pascarel Archives – Racna Magazine". Racna Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  17. ^ "S21 Exhibition". 9 November 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  18. ^ "A Napoli è di scena la grande fotografia: Nicolas Pascarel "vi racconto Gilberto"". Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Nicolas Pascarel". Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.

External links[edit]

Some links to Nicolas' work: