Biography of Benoît FERON

Benoît Feron is a belgian photographer.

The meeting between Benoît Feron and photography started at the age of 6 when his grandfather offered him his first camera. First a simple childhood pleasure, nourished by curiosity and the desire to have fun, the picture has become, over time, an expression of passion, observation and fascination.

A passion nourished by his love for travel and the eagerness to discover our planet and the wonders that it still abounds, with, so far, a significant attraction for Africa, its unparalleled light, its infinite nature and wildlife but also and above all the diversity and the extreme beauty of its peoples.

Benoît Feron originally focused on the primitive tribes of the Rift Valley and the human skin through the ritual of body painting, scarification or jewelry. A serie of subjects the artist immortalized with great authenticity and emotion.

He was then attracted by the endless beauty of the landscapes of the Rift Valley, the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro. Inspired by the same approach, Benoît Feron has tried to capture the calm, details and abstractions of the infinite geological landscapes.

What makes his work unique and distinguishes him from other photographers is the fact that his work mainly focuses on details creating abstract panoramas of skins, jewels, landscapes or portraits.

Benoît Feron deeply cares about the future of the people, places and wildlife he has photographed, and he speaks about them with passion.

He is the author of several books including «Surma faces and Bodies», «Visages de Goma» and «Visages d’avocats».

Benoît Feron has been widely exhibited in Belgium and France and has held in 2014 a major exhibition in Brussels, «Portraits of the Rift», which was acclaimed by the press. In 2007 he won the best photography award delivered at the occasion of the exhibition l’Art pour l’Accueil held at the Xavier Hufkens gallery. In 2014, a jury chaired by Belgium Sotheby’s director granted the artist the photography prize in another collective exhibition in Brussels. Followed in 2015 by the award for the Fournier Majorie Foundation event organized at Bozar.

Benoît Feron supports many humanitarian projects hoping that photography can help changing the world. With his photographic work he has collaborated to several charities including En Avant les Enfants (active in Goma, Congo), Fondation Fournier Majorie, Foetus for life or the Association Tchenduka, for which he contributed several pictures for a collective book supporting the Kogi Indians, together with other photographers including Yann Arthus Bertrand and Reza.

Born in 1962. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Artworks by Benoît FERON











Exhibitions and Publications

SOLO EXHIBITION

2016  Sotheby's Real Estate (Brussels, BE) 

2014  Fotofever Paris (Brussels, BE) 

2014  Portraits du Rift (Brussels, BE)

2013  From Earth to skin, Bank Degroof (Wavre, BE)

2012  African Skins, NautaDutilh art space (Rotterdam, NL)

2009  Surma, Faces & Bodies, Bank Delen (Antwerp, BE)

2009  Honor Guest, Reflets Mondial de la Photographie (Mouscron, BE)

2008  Surma, Faces & Bodies, Galerie Duqué et Pirson (Brussels, BE)

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2016  Festival de Photographies de Montier (FR) 

2016  Loving Earth, International Photography Festival, H18 (Brussels, BE)

2016  Matières, Spot U Art (Tervuren, BE)

2016  Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery (Knokke, BE)

2016  Into the Wild, Spot U Art (Tervuren, BE)

2015  Parcours d'artistes RODEART (BE)

2015  Festival AVES de photographie (Namur, BE)

2015  Spot U Art, Ancienne Quincaillerie van AA (Brussels, BE)

2014  Up-Site Tour with Spot U Art gallery (Brussels, BE)

2014  Spot U Art launch event, Châtelain 18  - winner Photography price (Brussels, BE)

2014  Art Up! Lille, with Spot U Art (Lille, FR)

2013  Creapot, collective exhibition (Antwerp, BE)

2012  Portraits in Africa, Young Gallery (Brussels, BE)

2010  African Skins Part II, Young Gallery (Knokke, BE)

2010  African Skins, Galerie Duqué & Pirson (Brussels, BE)

2010  l'Accueil, Galerie Pierre Bergé (Brussels, BE)

2009  l'Accueil,  Galerie Xavier Hufkens (Brussels, BE)

2008  l'Accueil , Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, BE) (awarded the "Prix spécial du jury", category photo)

2006  Regards d'ailleurs, with the French sculptor Marine de Soos , Galerie Hors-Série, Cysoing (Lille, FR)

PUBLICATION

Surma, Faces & Bodies, La Renaissance du Livre, Brussels, 2008, 104 pages 

Visages de Goma, Editions Racine, Brussels, 2008, 120 pages 

Visages d'avocats, Editions Luc Pire, Brussels,  2010, 256 pages