Bio


Awards winning photographer, Nicolas Villaume is specialized in social and portrait photography in demanding environments.

Whether in the Arctic documenting the Caribou people dealing with climate change, or following traditional Peruvian dancers living in the favellas of Lima, Villaume listens to the concerns of the locals and his work is characteristic of their voices–capturing images that document their daily lives. He works with various international NGO’s and cultural institutions including UNESCO, and his work has been published in international magazines such as Mother Jones, The Week, Boston Globe, Grands Reportages, National Geographic Newswatch, Americas Quarterly and several South American medias…

Villaume’s work reflects his strong commitment and sensitivity to human relationships and social dynamics, using a powerful combination of image and sound.

He travels the world with cameras and microphones looking for unexpected encounters with people we normally cannot reach, and then shares the emotional impact of these conversations with everyone through his work. Russia, China, Mongolia, and Laos are countries which have deeply influenced him. But it is especially with the South American people that he has developed strong links over time. He now lives between Lima and Paris.

Deeply concerned with both the fragility and richness of cultural diversity, in 2004 he created the French association Conversations du Monde. This association focuses on promoting oral tradition and cultural awareness using the emotional power of combined arts (photography, videos, digital voice recordings and the Internet).


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Awards winning photographer, Nicolas Villaume is specialized in social and portrait photography in demanding environments.

Whether in the Arctic documenting the Caribou people dealing with climate change, or following traditional Peruvian dancers living in the favellas of Lima, Villaume listens to the concerns of the locals and his work is characteristic of their voices–capturing images that document their daily lives. He works with various international NGO’s and cultural institutions including UNESCO, and his work has been published in international magazines such as Mother Jones, The Week, Boston Globe, Grands Reportages, National Geographic Newswatch, Americas Quarterly and several South American medias…

Villaume’s work reflects his strong commitment and sensitivity to human relationships and social dynamics, using a powerful combination of image and sound.

He travels the world with cameras and microphones looking for unexpected encounters with people we normally cannot reach, and then shares the emotional impact of these conversations with everyone through his work. Russia, China, Mongolia, and Laos are countries which have deeply influenced him. But it is especially with the South American people that he has developed strong links over time. He now lives between Lima and Paris.

Deeply concerned with both the fragility and richness of cultural diversity, in 2004 he created the French association Conversations du Monde. This association focuses on promoting oral tradition and cultural awareness using the emotional power of combined arts (photography, videos, digital voice recordings and the Internet).

Conversations du monde


Conversations du Monde creates quality multimedia exhibitions with grass-roots communities leading to international exhibitions in museums and educational organizations.

The first project developed at the international level was the Voices from the Andes exhibition tour in South America and France. In addition, he co-founded the NGO Living Cultural Storybases.

These projects aim to preserve and disseminate the world’s oral traditions that are in peril of extinction, in order to make new generations conscious of their ancestral cultural legacy. Villaume’s last involvment can be seen in the Conversations with the Earth initiative, which presents indigenous voices on Climate Change to the world.

Main projects


Conversations du Monde creates quality multimedia exhibitions with grass-roots communities leading to international exhibitions in museums and educational organizations.

The first project developed at the international level was the Voices from the Andes exhibition tour in South America and France. In addition, he co-founded the NGO Living Cultural Storybases.

These projects aim to preserve and disseminate the world’s oral traditions that are in peril of extinction, in order to make new generations conscious of their ancestral cultural legacy. Villaume’s last involvment can be seen in the Conversations with the Earth initiative, which presents indigenous voices on Climate Change to the world.

Main projects


Exhibitions


  • PLATAFORMA CIENCIA ABIERTA, Portugal, Feb 2018
  • UNIVERSIDAD RAFAEL URDANETA, Venezuela, Dec 2017
  • GAID 2017 , The Future of Food, France, June 2017
  • American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, July 2017
  • Centro Cultural Chacao “LA CAJA”, Caracas, Nov 2014
  • Alianza Francesa de Lima, Peru, Oct 2014
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TAJIKISTAN, Dushanbe, Aug 2013
  • CCM, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador, June 2013
  • ARTLIMA 2013, Lima, Peru
  • MUSEO METROPOLITANO, Lima, April 2013
  • ILO, Geneva, Switzerland , August 2012
  • Red Allianza Francesa in Peru /Arequipa, Chiclayo, Trujillo/ 2013
  • UNITED NATIONS Headquarters, New York, USA, May 2012
  • SMITHSONIAN, National Museum of the American Indians, USA, June 2011
  • CWE Conversations with the Earth Festival, Oxford , March 2011
  • UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM, New York, USA , June 2010
  • ICCC and the right of Mother Earth, Bolivia, April 2010
  • International Society for Ethnobiology Congress, Canada, 2010
  • ICTD 2010 (UNESCO), London, Dec 2010
  • COP 16, Cancun, Mexico, Nov 2010
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENMARK, Copenhaguen, Dec-Jan 2009
  • KLIMAFORUM, Copenhaguen, Dec 2009
  • BIONEERS, California, USA, Oct 2009
  • CENTRO MIRO QUESADA, Lima, Peru, June 2009
  • BIONEERS, California, USA, Oct 2009
  • MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPOREANO, Arequipa, Peru, May 2009
  • EXPEDITION DAYS FESTIVAL, La Grave, France, Jan 2008
  • MUSEO METROPOLITANO, Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 2007
  • Salon de l’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jan. 2007
  • MUSEO BANCO CENTRAL, Cuenca, Ecuador, Dec. 2006
  • Salon de l’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Loja, Ecuador, Nov. 2006
  • UNESCO, Paris headquarters, France, Feb. 2006
  • MUSEO NACIONAL DE ETNOGRAFIA, La Paz, Bolivia, June 2005
  • CENTRO CULTURAL SIMON I PATINO, Bolivia, Aug. 2005
  • CASA DE LA LIBERTAD, Sucre, Bolivia, Sept. 2005

Honors & Awards:


  • TEDx talk: “Pictures for actions”| Lima, Peru
  • Selected winner | 2013 Latin American Illustration and American Photography
  • Performance Awards of Humanity Photo Awards 2013 | People category
  • Chosen winner | 2012 American Illustration and American Photography
  • 3 Honorable Mentions in Editorial, Photoessay and Feature story | IPA 2012
  • 1st Prize | Portrait category | HPA Humanity Photo Award 2006
  • 2nd Prize | People Category | International Photography Award 2008 NP

Contacts


NV Exhibitions map / 2004-2017


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