Stéphane Coutelle is a French photographer and director, known for his stunning portraits of women, who has succeeded in combining a fine art and a commercial career. 

Insomnies, released April 2014, combines intimate pictures of women with mysterious night landscapes.

Shoebox Studio, released by Damiani in March 2012, is a artless series of portraits of young aspiring models taken in Paris between 2004 and 2008.

Other photography projects include The Corner (Paris, 1998-2002), Three Sisters (Prague, 1989 – 1995). His self-portrait photo book, Me Myself and I, was published by Kehayoff Edition in 1995. 

 Stéphane Coutelle has been focusing on photography for the last fifteen year.

 Previously, as a painter, he exhibited his large, hypnotic women’s portraits on solo shows held at the Paris Hôtel de Ville (1994), Coprim Foundation  (Femme du Temps Jamais, 1995) and Galerie Art & Patrimoine (Face B, 1998). 



2014: Insomnies, photography book. Edited by Damiani, pictures taken from 2009 to 2013, to be released April 2014

2012: Shoebox Studio, photography book edited by Damiani, pictures taken from 2004 and 2008.

2008: Les Mains and Poeme, short films.

2003: La Baignoire,  short film.

2002: Awarded Best Beauty Photographer at Victoires de la Beauté.

1998-2002: The Corner, photography project.

2001: Gratias #2, photography, group exhibition , Paris.

1998: Face B, solo exhibition , painting and photography, Galerie Arts et Patrimoine, Paris.

1996: Paysage de la Mémoire, painting, group exhibition, Fondation Coprim, Paris.

1995: Femmes du Temps Jamais, painting, group exhibition, Fondation Coprim, Paris.

1995: Me, Myself and I, book of photographic self portraits published by Kehayoff Editions. Exhibition in Vitré.

Awarded Polaroid’s first prize at “4th European Final Arts Awards”.

1989-1995: Three Sisters, photography project.

1994: Apparitions, solo exhibition of paintings, Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Catalog text by Bernard Lamarche-Vadel.

1993: First prize at “Montana Découverte 1993″.

1992: Détails, scuptures and photographies.

1988: First prize at “Air France” photography contest.

1987: Nouvelles Figures, photography, group exhibition, Espace Paris Audiovisuel.



Artist Statement

Stéphane Coutelle’s works revolves endlessly around women, whom he depicts in a unique, bold yet deeply empathic, way. 

His pictures, beyond their plastic beauty, reveal a genuine closeness to his models’ hearts and guts. 

 As an artist, he privileges emotion over intellect.

 An autodidact in photography and painting, Coutelle expresses in his pictures his sensitive and sensual approach to life, sharing with us a journey paved with multiple encounters. He does not search recognition through repetition, as each project carries its strong visual identity, closely linked to a step in his own personal development and his desire to explore new territories.