Born in France in 1978, Nicolas Henry is a French photographer whose work has received worldwide acclaim. A graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France (2004), and trained in film at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Henry creates participatory works, revealing personal and collective stories that capture the beauty and essence of communities.
In 2016, Henry came to Chicago to create a new series of images produced by WCP, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Floating Museum, SkyART in South Chicago and Brightstar Community Outreach, inc. in Bronzeville. Titled Kitihawa's Chandelier, the tale made its United States debut at the residence of French Consul General Vincent Floreani in September 2016 then became part of a permanent installation at the Lycee Français de Chicago.
Using his signature style and unique approach to storytelling, Henry worked closely with community members to create the series, incorporating theatrical techniques, cinematic lighting, design, handmade prop and set making. These photographic installations reveal powerful and significant narratives that blur the lines between fiction and reality.
Nicolas Henry will be in Detroit in October/November 2018 to create new images for Kitihawa's Chandelier.