Laurent Baheux

Laurent Baheux

Sanxay, Poitou Charentes, France

About Laurent Baheux

French photographer born in 1970, Laurent Baheux is part of the tradition of humanists to realize his black and white images of nature and wildlife.

Like his elders who roamed the streets to photograph the lives of people, Laurent Baheux travels wilderness to photograph the life of animals.

No cage or enclosure ; subjects are then individuals who express in the present moment all the strength of their' freedom, all the beauty of their personality and all the tenderness of their life in community.

Praised for their aesthetic strength and authenticity, Laurent's b & w photos are the subject of books, publications, exhibitions, conferences and are distributed in galleries in France and abroad.

Work with SONY ALPHA cameras & SONY G MASTER lenses.

For more infos, take a look on Videos where some interviews are published.

ACTIVISM

In 2013, Laurent is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the anti-poaching initiative with images being featured in the "Wild and Precious" International Airport Exhibition. Since then, he has actively advocated and supported (cash or artistic donations) several organizations for the animals and the wild habitat protection:

Association Cheetah for Ever: https://www.cheetahforever.org/

ASPAS (Animals Welfare Association): https://www.aspas-nature.org/

Groin Groin: http://www.groingroin.org/site/

CRAC Europe: https://www.anticorrida.com/

Elephant Heaven (European sanctuary for elephants): https://www.elephanthaven.com/

GoodPlanet fondation: https://www.goodplanet.org/

Jane Goodall Institute: https://janegoodall.fr/

One Voice: https://one-voice.fr/

French society of zoosemiotics: http://societefrancaisedezoosemiotique.fr/

What the Festival, Anymal World (Rémi Gaillard) : https://www.facebook.com/anymalworld/

WWF France : https://www.wwf.fr/

Instinct and terrain are the two watchwords of the French photographer Laurent Baheux. Born in Poitiers in 1970, he started his career in the frenetic world of international sport before moving his horizons to wilder climes, where flora and fauna continue to live in freedom.
For over 18 years, he has been compiling a collection of images of nature in a dense and high-contrast monochrome style. With his unique approach which rewrites all the rules on wildlife photography, Laurent strives to capture the personality and humanity in every animal as distinct individuals. He adopts the role of wildlife portrait artist, where aesthetics and sensitivity take precedence over a more documentary style. Close-up or misaligned shots, noise or grain, stark and deep blacks, he explores every possibility in order to magnify his subject rather than simply showing it.
He is an active member of environmental protection organizations such as the WWF, the GoodPlanet Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Cheetah For Ever Association. In 2013, he became a goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme in a campaign combating poaching called Wild & Precious.
His photographs are on show in galleries and are featured in a number of books, publications, and exhibitions in France and abroad.