Vincent Fournier (1970)

Vincent Fournier is a French photographer whose work explores the past, present and future in relation to utopian ideas of space travel; how has the past influenced the present? What are expectations for the future and has the future already happened?

After an education in both sociology and the visual arts, Fournier studied at the National School of Photography in Arles to obtain his diploma in 1997 before working as a creative director and photographer within the advertising and film industry. In 2004, he left to travel around the world which would provide the space and time to realise his first series, Tour Operator. This was also the starting point of many characteristics that now define Fournier’s practice; a shrewd attention to architectural form, a precise, rudimentary aesthetic and a compulsion to render contrasts in scale. 

Fournier’s commitment to outer space and our representations of it have fuelled him to gain unparalleled access to various leading space and research centers around the world. NASA, the European Space Agency, the Russian Space Agency and the European Southern Observatory are amongst those institutions that Fournier has spent decades negotiating access to, giving way to a unique perspective that few will ever have the chance to see apart from through the frame of his photographs.

His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, the Centre Pompidou Paris, the LVMH contemporary Art collection, the Dragonfly Collection (Domaine des Etangs / Primat ), Massignac, or in the Oscorp Art Collection in the movie “Spider-Man II” for Columbia Pictures, among others. 

Selected Press
Check out Vincent's exhibition at the 9th International Biennial Of Photography And Visual Arts - Liège here!
Great interview with Vincent Fournier on Vice's Picture Perfect check here!

THE SPACE PROJECT - Phase VI space gloves Used on the International Space Station, custom made for each astronaut. [ILC] Dover, U.S.A., 2017 THE SPACE PROJECT - Phase VI space gloves Used on the International Space Station, custom made for each astronaut. [ILC] Dover, U.S.A., 2017 BROWN-CHEEKED HORNBILL [Bycanistes attractivus] Bird with an unbreakable beak, 2014 BROWN-CHEEKED HORNBILL [Bycanistes attractivus] Bird with an unbreakable beak, 2014 BEETLE [Oryctes transmissionis] Insect adapted to continuous tracking, 2012 BEETLE [Oryctes transmissionis] Insect adapted to continuous tracking, 2012 DRAGONFLY [Chloromgonfus detectis] Volatile inorganic-sensitive animal, 2013 DRAGONFLY [Chloromgonfus detectis] Volatile inorganic-sensitive animal, 2013 THE SPACE PROJECT - Anechoic Chamber, European Space Research Center [ESTEC], Noordwijk, NL 2008 THE SPACE PROJECT - Anechoic Chamber, European Space Research Center [ESTEC], Noordwijk, NL 2008 THE SPACE PROJECT - General Boris V., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC] 2007 THE SPACE PROJECT - General Boris V., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC] 2007 THE SPACE PROJECT - Biosphere II, Greenhouse #3, University of Arizona, 2009 THE SPACE PROJECT - Biosphere II, Greenhouse #3, University of Arizona, 2009 THE SPACE PROJECT - Baikonur City #2 [Unknown Fields Division], Kazakhstan, 2011 THE SPACE PROJECT - Baikonur City #2 [Unknown Fields Division], Kazakhstan, 2011 THE SPACE PROJECT - BAF room 65 #5, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana, 2007 THE SPACE PROJECT - BAF room 65 #5, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana, 2007 THE SPACE PROJECT - Antenna Field of the SOUSY Radar [SSR],Svalbard, Norway, 2010 THE SPACE PROJECT - Antenna Field of the SOUSY Radar [SSR],Svalbard, Norway, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Murata Boy #1 [Murata], Head Office buidling, Kyoto, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Murata Boy #1 [Murata], Head Office buidling, Kyoto, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - HRP-2 #1 [Kawada], Promet Developed by AIST, Tochigi, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - HRP-2 #1 [Kawada], Promet Developed by AIST, Tochigi, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Reem B #2 [Pal], Barcelone, Spain, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Reem B #2 [Pal], Barcelone, Spain, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Reem B #8 [Pal], Barcelone, Spain, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Reem B #8 [Pal], Barcelone, Spain, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Twendy-One robot and Professor Shigeki Sugano, Tokyo, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Twendy-One robot and Professor Shigeki Sugano, Tokyo, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Kobian Robot #1 [Takanishi Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, 2010 THE MAN MACHINE - Kobian Robot #1 [Takanishi Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, 2010 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, stairs, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, stairs, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies [annex IX] #2, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies [annex IX] #2, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, hall of the treaties, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, hall of the treaties, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - North Superblock 107, Building I, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - North Superblock 107, Building I, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, spiral stairs, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Itamaraty Palace - Foreign Relations Ministry, spiral stairs, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Federal Supreme Court Palace, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Federal Supreme Court Palace, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies (Annex IX) #2, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies (Annex IX) #2, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Claudio Santoro National Theater, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Claudio Santoro National Theater, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Green hall at the National Congress Palace, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Green hall at the National Congress Palace, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Facade of the Claudio Santoro National Theater, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Facade of the Claudio Santoro National Theater, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The National Museum, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The National Museum, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Pantheon of the Nation and Dovecot, Plaza of the Three Powers, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Pantheon of the Nation and Dovecot, Plaza of the Three Powers, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - TV Tower, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - TV Tower, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies, Dome above the Assembly Room, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - Chamber of Deputies, Dome above the Assembly Room, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Federal Senate, Brasilia, 2012 Brasilia - The Federal Senate, Brasilia, 2012 THE SPACE PROJECT - Subsonic Wind Tunnel #4, NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA, 2017 THE SPACE PROJECT - Subsonic Wind Tunnel #4, NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA, 2017 THE SPACE PROJECT - Space Launch System computer #2, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, 2017 THE SPACE PROJECT - Space Launch System computer #2, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, 2017
SixtySix

SixtySix

May 22, 2019
‘Space Utopia’ Photographer Vincent Fournier on ‘2001,’ NASA, and Heavenly Inspiration'

Architectural Landscape

Architectural Landscape

May 2019
'Brasilia; Freeze Frame of a Future Past'

FD Persoonlijk

FD Persoonlijk

April 13, 2019
'Utopia'

Het Parool

Het Parool

April 5, 2019
'Dromen over de ruimte'

El Correo

El Correo

April 4, 2019
'La Captura del Espacio'

Die Zeit

Die Zeit

April 2, 2019
'Wo Science Fiction zur Realität wird'

The Guardian

The Guardian

March 28, 2019
'Into the great void': Vincent Fournier's space odyssey – in pictures'

Financial Times

Financial Times

March 22, 2019
'Snapshot: ‘Space Utopia’ by Vincent Fournier'

American Airlines Magazine

American Airlines Magazine

March 2019
'Space Dreams'

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

March 18, 2019
'Vincent Fournier’s ‘Space Utopia’: Space exploration as humanity’s great adventure'

WeTransfer

WeTransfer

October 12, 2018
'All the ingredients are real, but I'm cooking the whole thing'

Wired

Wired

November 22, 2017
'Behind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever'

Previiew

Previiew

August 5, 2017
'Vincent Fournier'

The Guardian

The Guardian

June 22, 2017
'Vincent Fournier's best photograph: Boris the cosmonaut shows off his spacesuit'

FD Persoonlijk

FD Persoonlijk

April 30, 2016
'Brasilia, nostalgia'

Vrij Nederland

Vrij Nederland

September 2014
'Vincent Fournier - Past Forward'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

February 22, 2014
'Darwins toekomst'

Vincent Fournier

'Space Utopia'

Sat 30 Mar 2019 - Sat 11 May 2019


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Photo Basel 2018

Vincent Fournier, Alinka Echeverria

Tue 12 Jun 2018 - Sun 17 Jun 2018


Art Fair
Basel (CH)

Haute Photographie 2018

Robin de Puy, Mona Kuhn, Vincent Fournier

Thu 8 Feb 2018 - Sun 11 Feb 2018


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Vincent Fournier

'Brasilia'

Sat 16 Apr 2016 - Sat 28 May 2016


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Amsterdam Art Fair 2015

Eva Stenram, Vincent Fournier, Koen Hauser, Atze Haytsma, Lernert & Sander

Wed 27 May 2015 - Sun 31 May 2015


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

Vincent Fournier

'Past Forward'

Sat 6 Sep 2014 - Fri 31 Oct 2014


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Vincent Fournier

'Post Natural History'

Fri 17 May 2013 - Sun 30 Jun 2013


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Vincent Fournier

" The Space Project"