Stéphane Couturier (French, b.1957) is a photographer who specializes in large-scale images of factories, cities, and urban landscapes. His works are often overlapping and time-lapsed images, which create distorted, though recognizable, pictures of the cities. His series Melting Point (2006) exemplifies this, as it is both a documentation of a 21st-century car manufacturing factory and a representation of Contemporary abstract photography.

Couturier has exhibited regularly since the early 2000s, including a major retrospective in 2004 at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His work has been published in several monographs, including Landscaping (2002), Stéphane Couturier-Photographies (2004), Melting Point (2006), and Chandigarh Replay (2007). The artist’s work can be viewed at institutions such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Grand-Duc Jean Museum in Luxembourg, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2003, he was awarded the Prix Niépce.

Couturier is represented internationally by the Gallery Polaris and Les Douches, La Galerie in Paris, the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, and the Van Kranendonk Gallery in Den Haag, Netherlands.


Awarded Bourse de la Ville de Paris
Programme a la carte AFAA, Dresden, Germany
Awarded Bourse de la Ville de Paris/AFAA for work on the city of Moscow
Awarded Prix Paris-Photo
Awarded Prix Niepce


Musee des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Institut Français, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin, Germany
Nordin Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Théatre de la Photographie & de l’image, Nizza, France
Fondation art contemporain Salomon, Alex, France
Christophe Guye, Zürich, Switzerland
Public Commission, Festival d’Avignon, Avignon, France
Brasilia, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria; Espace A. Malraux, Colmar, France
Bafa Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Belfort, France
Les Douches La galerie, Paris, France
Tinglado 2, Contemporary Art Center, Tarragona, Spain
Brasilia – Vidéos, 104 Centquatre, Paris, France
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Bastia, Corsica
Galerie Van Kranendonk, The Hague, The Netherlands
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Moscow Photobiennale, Moscow, Russia
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
Universal Exhibition, French Pavillion, Aichi, Japan
Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris, France (solo)
Forum fur Zeitgenossische Fotografie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Galerie Van Kranendonck, The Hague, The Netherlands (solo)
Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Laurence Miller, New York, USA (solo)
Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
Archetypen, Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria
Centre photographique, Skopelos, Greece
University of California Art Gallery, San Diego, USA (solo)
Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France (solo)
Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France (solo)
Sight-Set-Sequence, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Biennale d’Art contemporain, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Art Downtown, Wall Street Rising, New York, USA
Centre Photographique I’Imagerie, Lannion, France
Collection 3, Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Alsace, Sélestat, France
Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France (solo)
Rencontres internationales de la photographie, Arles, France (solo)
Musée de la Ceramique, Maastricht, The Netherlands (solo)
Villa Noailles, Hyères, France (solo)
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Laurence Miller, New York, USA (solo)
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, USA (solo)
Deichtorhallen, Hausschau, Hamburg, Germany
Photopolis, Adiaf-Kanal 20, Brusells, Belgium
Berlin: Renaissance d’une capitale, CAUE 92, Sceaux, France
Tomorrow for ever, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France (solo)
Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France (solo)
Galerie Laurence Miller, New York, USA (solo)
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA (solo)
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France (solo)
Centre d’Art contemporain, Saint-Priest, France (solo)
La Photo francaise contemporaine, galerie NBK, Berlin, Germany
Photo francaise contemporaine, Kunstlerwerkstaat, Munich, Germany
Galerie Laurence Miller, New York, USA (solo)
Galerie Polaris, Paris, France (solo)
Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)