his life

Born 16 September 1928 in Paris.

First photographs in 1943.



After a short period at the Rue de Vaugirard photography school, he continues his training in the field and begins to practice his craft within various disciplines: architecture, industry, reporting, portraits.



Settles at Biot (Alpes Maritimes).

Illustration photographs for publishers. First personal works. At this time, encouraged by Robert Doisneau, he starts working with the RAPHO agency.



A year in India: illustration works for the publication that will win him the Prix Niepce in 1957 and an exhibition at the Société Française de Photographie.



Settles permanently in Provence, at Bonnieux (Vaucluse), to concentrate on his personal research on the theme of nature in the form of “photographic pictures”.



Intense period of reflection and creation. Living in seclusion on the Plateau des Claparèdes, deserted at the time, he at last can practice the photography he always longed for: penetrating and experiencing that Nature, revealing its complexity and beauty. Several important exhibitions mark this period, notably at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1966 and at the MOMA (New York) with Pierre Cordier and Jean-Pierre Sudre in 1967.

He participates every year in the Congrès des Arts Graphiques of Lurs in Provence.



Edition of a Portfolio: Un Citron, eighteen black and white photographs printed by the author in fifty copies. This work wins him a Nadar award.



Edition of a Portfolio: La Petite Chouette, a series of portraits of a baby owl: ten black and white photographs printed by the author in thirty-three copies.



Edition of a book: La Danse du temps et des vents, fifteen black and white photographs printed in fifty copies. Preface by Marie Mauron.


Starts his experiments in color with the use of metal toning and an etching processing of the gelatin (grignotage), techniques he tirelessly pursued and perfected ever since.



During the summer, with Jean-Pierre Sudre, he holds an experimental photography course. He founds the Association “Etudes et recherches d’art photographique du Luberon” and holds a course during the academic year to form future professionals (he will hold the course for the following 8 years).



He participates in the first photography encounters at Arles.

At the request of his friend the American painter Bernard Pfriem, he creates the photography course at the American School of the Arts at Lacoste (Vaucluse) where he will teach for a number of years.



Participation in the creation of a photography study group at the University of Provence-Marseille. He will teach there for two years.



Edition of a portfolio: Coupe de Truffes, twelve photographs printed by the author in thirty copies.



During these years, over and above teaching, he has a great many exhibitions (see the list); he discontinues his year-long teaching, but in 1980 offers week-long courses run either by outstanding fellow photographers (Hélène and Rachel Théret; Jean Dieuziade, Louis Bernard d’Outrelandt) or by himself.


He is awarded the Grand Prix Photographie de la Ville de Paris


Edition of a Portfolio: Le Nez dans l’herbe, twelve photographs printed by the author in sixteen copies.


He stops any form of teaching to devote himself entirely to his work.
It takes up and develops great cycles: flowers, tulips and poppies, the flower hearts, kiwis, cherries, onions and again, most recently Herbs.
He also decide in 2009 to reprint photographs made ​​in India in 1955 which is a “timeless spiritual portrait of the country he loved so much.
And to this day Denis Brihat has continued to exhibit and continues to do so.