Jean Paul Cattin, at the age of 14, the local Swiss newspapers were already publishing his landscapes reportages and portraits Geneva Switzerland

February 10, 2018 by Laura Gomez


Born in 1964 in Geneva Switzerland, Jean-Paul Cattin received his first telemetric Canon camera at the age of 12. He was quickly fascinated by photography and only two years later, at the age of 14, the local Swiss newspapers were already publishing his landscapes reportages and portraits.

Another two years later Jean-Paul Cattin began studying at the prestigious Photography School of Vevey, in Switzerland. After receiving the Federal Swiss Diploma in photography in 1984, he left Geneva for Paris where he would soon become a people & fashion photographer. 1992 while continuing his work in Paris he based himself in Geneva. Cattin was now shooting international campaigns for luxury brandsand directing numerous commercials. While his fashion & advertising work was praised for its precision and creativity, in 1999 Jean-Paul slowly shifted his photographic interest towards still life and by 2001 he was producing campaigns and editorials for international luxury brands.

In 2007, Cattin’s interest for artistic work developed and his photographs in Switzerland, America, Germany were awarded in international competitions and published in magazines.

His work is highly influenced by urban environments and organic decay. Cattin is looking for a reinterpretation of reality namely urban elements taken from the places he explores. Walls, floors, garbage trucks or any other terrestrial material, which are the basis for his work, are reviewed, contrasted to the extreme and highly detailed.

Cattin’s pictures are romantic, nostalgic, and often haunting observations. They are a narrative of imagined experiences, like successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations we discover through memories or dreams. They include large-scale abstract photographs in which reality is reinterpreted in a poetic and dramatic manner.

Jean-Paul received several photographic awards and nominations in the categories of fine art and abstract. His work is exhibited across the world in places such as New York, L.A, London, Berlin, Milan, Brussels, Seoul, Singapore, Honk Kong, and Miami… Based in Geneva, Jean-Paul works in New York and Europe.

Photo lnterview:

Name: Jean-Paul Cattin

Age: 53

College: Photography school of Vevey (Switzerland)

Colours: Red – Blue

Books: Abstraction – NYC Abstract – Way of St-James (Amazon)

Food: Fish

For how long have been in photography?
I started photography when I was 12 years old.

How did you start?
My godfather gave me a telemetric camera for my birthday.

How would you define yourself as an artist?
My work is very emotional in the abstraction.

Where do you find inspiration?
In my life and in music.

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today?
My family.

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography?
When the people like and expose my work and imagine a lot things with the photographies and work I do.

Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
With the imagination you have no limit to creativity.



Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
I work since more than 13 years with Digital photography.
Before that I worked with different analogic cameras, 20x25cm to Nikon.

What type of camera do you use most?
I work with a Phase One camera with a digital back. 100 millions pixels for the best quality in the details. When you make a big print, it’s the top quality for the pixels and colors. With negative, you can’t have this definition and the feeling is not the same. For me a camera is the tool for the work, the technical side is important but it is as important that you can transform the photographic tech into emotions. So for me it’s the the same whether analogic or digital, but it’s important you have the best material to be able to concentrate on your result , the creation.

What is your favorite lens?
Normal focus! The best for me.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
I have had the chance to do many different assignment and I have a lot of amazing souvenirs. Starting with missions, people, travels, and may more. I do not have a preferred assignment they have all in their way been special. I am always looking for new photographic experience.

What are your favourite three images you have shot recently?
Last week on the highway to Milan in Italy. A abstract photography. This week an olfactive Parfum picture. In 5 days I will be on the island of Ibiza for a shooting with a skateboard project.

How important is an awesome website for your business?
The website is a good way to present my work and communicate.

What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Energy/sensibility and open mindset.

Which of your projects have given you the most satisfaction?
My first solo exhibition in New York in 2011, A good step.

List of your clients?
In the art, different privat collectors and industry. In the commercial, Parfums, Banks, Industry and watch Brands.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
Richard Avedon – Helmut Newton – Peter Lindberg.

What about architects and designers?
Swiss Architect Herzog & De Meuron and Holland architect UN Studio. I like their architectures.

What are your next projects?
A project with electronic music and a project with skateboard. A solo exhibition for October in Switzerland

Define ‘Klassik International’ and MEDIA NEWS ‘Klassik International’ for the audience? Sublime.