Thierry Bouët

After studying law, Thierry Bouët starts his career. Army photographer at first, he becomes Tony Kent’s assistant in 1981-82, and then art director of the Studio Harcourt.

In 1983, he strikes out on his own and starts working with international magazines : Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie-Claire, l’Egoïste, Vanity Fair, Liberation.

Portrait and reportage photographer, Thierry Bouët gets his inspiration from the people he meets, their successes, their failures, the irony of their lives and their environments.

Uncategorizable photographer, his work, his life, his trips, his emotions are kept since 1989 through postcards. Handcrafted pieces of art, they are sent by mail to his best friend who never replies to him.

In 2011, Thierry Bouët has been conferred the distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the french minister of Culture, Mr. Frédéric Mitterand.


2013 Finalist of the Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards
2013 Sony World Photography Awards, category Fashion and Beauty
2013 Honor Award of the IVth Asisa competition
2013 Gold Medal of the Spanish Photography Confederation
2012 Nominated at the TAG Awards
2011 Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters


2015 « Affaires privées » Editions Xavier Barral
2007 « Deslits » Editions Aubanel
2006 « Classroom » Editions Parika
2003 « Chasse à l’homme : Portraits de femmes qui choisissent les petites annonces pour trouver l’homme idéal » Editions Alternatives
1999 « Hotel People » Editions Smithsonian

2017-2018 « Roman-Photo » MUCEM, Marseille, France.
2016 « First hour » Kyotographie International Photo Festival, Kyoto, Japan.
2016 « Private affairs » MOMA Moscow, Photobiennale, Moscow, Russia.
2016 « Private affairs » La Nuit de la Photo, La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland.
2015 « Factories and humans » Ministry of Economy, Paris France.
2015 « Factories and humans » Petit Palais, Paris, France.
2015 « Private affaires » Rencontres d’Arles, France.
2015 « IN/OUT » Al Sourat Photo Festival, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
2014 « Descartes » Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Suisse.
2013 « The Sun King » Gallery Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2013 « Parisian Twenties » Somerset House, London, UK.
2013 « I’m Here » Amman Image festival, Jordan.
2013 « Newborns » Castellana 85, Madrid, Spain.

2011 « De la mer à l’écrin » Place Vendôme, Paris.
Photography Festival of the French embassy in Jordan.
2010 Festival of cultural diversity of UNESCO, Fabriano, Italy.
« The 60 years of Picto » Rencontres d’Arles, France.
2009 Honorary guest of the photography festival of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
2008 « Newborns » at the Samaritaine, Paris, at the New York Photo Festival and at the Rencontres d’Arles.
2007 « Deslits » people sleeping in unusual beds. Le Bon Marché, Paris.
« Sport in Art » daily habits assimilated to sport. MOCA, Shanghaï
2003 « Manhunt » matrimonial classifieds. Clermont-Ferrand photography festival, France.
2000 « End of a Century » National Turkish Museum, Istanbul.
1997 « Hotel People» National Turkish Museum, Istanbul.
1995 « Hotel People» FNAC des Ternes, Paris.
1993 « The Informed Eye » Immagination Gallery, Londres.

First Hour Exhibition – Kyotographie
Private Affairs on the Los Angeles Review of Books
Reportage “De la mer à l’écrin” en Polynésie Française