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Rip Hopkins

Born in England in 1972, Rip Hopkins is always seeking new areas for experimentation. Today he lives in Bruxelles.

During his studies at the Ecole nationale supérieure de Création industrielle de Paris, he devoted his time to photograph and documentary films with Médecins sans frontières. For more than ten years, he took an interest in endangered groups and people on the margins of society throughout the world.

On the border between documentary photography and artistic expression, his work has been extensively exhibited and published. Thus, he says he “chose to develop in the artistic milieu, while revealing a documental approach to real contexts”.

Today, Rip Hopkins is seeking new spaces for expression closer to home. The images he creates give an unusual view of our society. He concentrates with great finesse on the practice of colour, and passes with total freedom from landscapes to scenery or portraits.

At the same time as working for the press, institutions, advertising, he has developed personal projects, always exploring the limits, the possibilities, the surprises of photography. His work is included in international private and public collections.

Rip Hopkins is a member of Agence VU’ since 1996 and is represented by Galerie Le Réverbère and by LT2.


  Travelling : Bruxelles, Belgium

Portfolio

Portraits

Stories

Extra-ordinary (2013)

Rip Hopkins went to meet shopkeepers and merchants who own a commercial lease. He considers them as superheroes leading a double life: a public one in which they have a mission within society; and on the other hand a private, personal and family life. Everyone is portrayed in public places, then at home. A double portrait, which could show both sides of their relatively normal personality if people hadn’t been already portrayed as cinema heroes. Who has never dreamed to have a film for a life, acting for invisible cameras? Rip Hopkins asked them to play the game. Every portrait of this series is linked to a cult film. The result is surprising. Reality meets fiction. Ordinary...

Family portraits (Fnac Studio) (2012)

During the « Studio Fnac » operation, Rip Hopkins met and photographed several families who entered into the spirit of the game by letting themselves be staged. The results are both touching and subtle with the families posing and interacting with the background on which the photographer’s images were being projected.

Horsey horsey (2012)

Through this series of portraits, Rip Hopkins reveals how the inhabitants of Maisons-Laffitte, a French city historically linked to horses, perceive and take on the imagery of the horse in their fantasy. At the North West of Paris, close to the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, stands a city that has been haunted by the presence of horse since the end of the 18th century. Its racetrack has the longest straight line of Europe. Men and horses live together. Tracks are available to ride around. The mounted horse always has the priority. An anachronistic castle reminds us of the times before industrialization, when horse was the closest ally of man. Its legendary monumental stables have now...

Seven times down, eight times up (2011)

For its 40th anniversary, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) gave Rip Hopkins a carte blanche. He invites about sixty personalities from the world of art and culture, sciences and medicine, sport or press…and MSF voluntaries to wear the MSF’s tee-shirt in order to express their commitment in accordance with their personality, desire or message. The result? Pictures that break with conventional iconography of humanitarian photography; pictures which invite us to think with humour about the many aspects of commitment.

Quatre vingt treize (2011)

“Quatre-vingt treize (ninety three) is a strange thing. In French, three words to name a number. Unlike the other French départements generally known by their names, this one is known by its administrative number. Quatre-vingt treize is difficult to write and spell. Especially for a stranger like me. And yet, it’s a département where a lot of people from foreign countries live. Writing it with numbers is a way to simplify…but it condemns it too. The ninety three became the 9-3…with a hotchpotch of negative connotations from the riots to the no-go areas. For my first meeting at the MC93, I asked for the route to Seine-Saint-Denis. A man answered me: “I don’t know, but...

An iron & concret Age, France (2011)

It's a gloomy world with a leaden horizon Where through the night swim horror and blasphemy. “De profundis Clamavi”, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) With the idea that the world could disappear in 2012, Rip Hopkins made pictures of the behaviours we could adopt if civilization tends to vanish and if we have to reinvent everything, like prehistoric men did.

Another Country - The British in France (2010)

Rip Hopkins’ 68 portraits provide a record that is both personal and objective, showing the real and imaginary world of British expats in France. The photographs reveal aspects of British identity which is embedded within a culture of imagination and relates intimately to all the arts. In the past this has only been suggested, but rarely seen.

Domestic Violence (2009)

Domestic violence has a particularity in that it does not exist as such until it has been exposed in the public sphere: at the police station, to some close relatives, or when its consequences leave the private sphere. Nowadays, this kind of violence, long-time denied by society, is recognized and studied by the World Health Organization.

France, The Reign of Terror (2009)

Following the French Revolution, France was governed by a regime with a minimal toleration for deviation. Sensitive to the smallest threats to this newly installed government, it oftentimes executed individuals innocent of the crimes of which they were accused. It was founded on force and repression, characteristics which would give two periods of French history their name: “The Terror.” Between the summer of 1793 and 1794, the Terror reached its height, permitting the worst atrocities and violence. In order to save time, witnesses would not be heard and the accused had very little time to defend themselves before the judges. The law of Prairial 22nd, Year II (June 10, 1794) reduced...

Fashion (2009)

Haute couture and acrobatics mix to give this series an aerial aspect. Rip Hopkins gives models and their outfits, a grace that sublimate them. His photography can’t be confined to studio works or to fashion world but become a strong aesthetic proposition.

Marithé & François Girbaud (2008)

Rip Hopkins has photographed the advertising campaign of the spring / summer 2008 collection of Marithé & François Girbaud. In the living room of a town house, a family is having a row...without ripping the clothes of the brand. The opposition realised this way, between an “ancien regime” setting and the latest fashion trends, creates an atmosphere under pressure.

Romanian Rip (Timisoara) (2008)

Timisoara is the town from where started the Romanian revolution in december 1989. Twenty years later, it enters, with its country, in the european community. Two groups live together in this town : those from before and those from after the 1989 revolution. Those who were over twenty-five in 1989 had difficulties to adapt to capitalism. The younger live fully this new system. To show the two faces of this society, I have photographed Timisoara’s life machine : industry, commerce, authority, leisure, family. The caption on each photograph indicates the age of the people, some of whom were witnesses of the revolution, witnesses of the truth. Because the true story is still uncertain. In...

Lawyers of mighties, France (2008)

Rip Hopkins propose us a portraits' galerie of the lawyers of mighties. At the duty of the great decision-makers of our world, those law men open their office's doors and accept to be directed in a space where secrets of their profession are.

Rip La France, 2008 (2008)

“Rip La France” is a style exercise. Each picture is taken and constructed in a way of a cinematographic work. Visual angles and lenses are the same used in Sergio Leone’s films. Each place, in this work, is important for France good running. I dressed up according to the place and its activity. People who are in the picture, don’t necessary know that I was dressed up. And it’s me who made every single picture with the help of a purple distant cable release.

Cooking alchemists (2007)

This work is the fruit of the encounter between the Cook Pierre Gagnaire and the chemist Hervé This over the written work of Nicolas Bonnefons, Louis XIV's servant. With Hervé, we've transcribed thanks to photography the phenomenons and the process of creation of taste. Then Pierre Gagnaire took each picture to create a meal which I have photographed on the Zuber's fabrics from Nicolas Bonnefons time. We've played with nature, sciences, history to praise cookery.

Fashion week in Paris (2007)

All that happens in the haute couture collections of Autumn/Winter 2008 presented this summer. At the Orangery of Versailles, Dior shows scenes of masters and courtesans from the court of Louis XIV. In the Palais du Tokyo, Christian Lacroix mixes folklore, painting and theatre in a cocktail of Art Nouveau. As for Jean Paul Gaultier, a mixture of the lustre of Indian Courts with the quirks of scottish dress. With each designer the fashion machine runs smoothly. It all takes place in four stages. At the begining there is calm and the models are made up. The better known ones arrive late, some accompanied by a mother or an agent while the unknown ones sit quietly; there is an established...

Anonymous Paris (2005)

In France a photographer has to have written autorisation from the person photographed to publish his image. Without this the photographer can be sued for damages : A man and a woman were photographed together in Parisian street at 10 o’clock in the morning. Following publication the man’s wife discovers that he has a mistress and his employer sees that he wasn’t at work that day. He is fired and his wife files for divorce. He then sues the photographer. If this man had taken the trouble to put a mask on that day he would have had a lot less trouble.

Home & Away, Uzbekistan (2002)

Uzbekistan is a Soviet invention. Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, Uzbeks usually identified themselves ethnically as either nomad or sart (settled), as Turk or Persian, as simply Muslim or by their clan. Later separate nationalities were identified by Soviet scholars as ordered by Stalin. Distinct, carefully crafted traditions were formulated and parceled out to each of these nationalities, mostly to prevent any pan-Islamic or pan-Turkic tendencies. Soviet authorities openly considered Uzbekistan as being a black hole into which they could conveniently dump entire populations considered as being a potential danger to the Republic. The Slavs and other non-Central Asian groups reached...

Tadjikistan weaving (2001)

I've been taking photographs since I was ten years old. Photography from the start was something magical for me, transferring reality onto paper with my own hands. It gradually became a record of time, then a tool for describing my version of reality to others. It was also a key whereby an image could jog my memory bringing back the situation in which I took the photograph. Eventually it became a way of explaining my presence and a means of gaining access. I'm interested in people and photography is an act that incites curiosity. It facilitates communication and the relationships that ensue. The images that I took were at first solitary, then they became a series, then later a body of...

Strange Days, Czech Republic (2000)

Usti nad Labem is an industrial town situated in the north of the Czech Republic against the German border. The town suddenly found itself put on the map when the town's local authorities built a three metre high concrete wall around the roma ghetto so as to protect the "honest people" from the "antisocial" ones. According to the town's mayor, the aim was not to separate the two populations but to bring together the "Whites" living in their pavilions on one side of Maticni street and to unite the sixty odd roma families living in the two high rise buildings on the other. "This "Wall of Shame" is not only a symbol but it is a clear demonstration of czech society's xenophobia. In a country...

Books

Chevaleresque

A travers cette série de portraits, Rip Hopkins révèle la façon dont les habitants de Maisons-Laffitte, ville historiquement liée au cheval, perçoivent et s'approprient le cheval dans leur imaginaire.
Au nord-ouest de Paris, en bordure de la forêt de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, se trouve une cité hantée par la présence du cheval depuis la fin du XVIIIe siècle. Son hippodrome possède la plus longue ligne droite d'Europe.
Les hommes et les chevaux y cohabitent. Des pistes sont prévues pour se déplacer à cheval. L'animal monté a toujours la priorité. Un anachronique château rappelle des temps antérieurs à la modernité industrielle, lorsque le cheval était le plus proche allié de l'homme. Ses légendaires écuries monumentales ont aujourd'hui disparu. Aussi le château de Maisons - c'est ainsi qu'il se nomme - passe chaque année une commande à un photographe pour représenter le cheval dans ses murs. Une présence de papier en lieu et place du vivant, en quelque sorte. Dans tous les champs de la création contemporaine, le thème du cheval semble avoir été déserté alors qu'il fut un être mythologique par excellence et source d'innombrables histoires fabuleuses.
Sa charge symbolique est puissante.
Text by: Pauline de La Boulaye

Publisher: Filigranes Éditions - Hors Collection (2012)
72 pages
Size: 22 x 22 cm  

Un âge de Fer et de Béton

Something happened in Rip Hopkins landed at the Museum of Prehistory at Nemours, the least understood, least accessible, the "oldest"of France. An order came from the mists of time led him to conduct a series of primal scenes in which he has placed its 60 models. What history or prehistory what is it? That of the artistic act. In each photo that's it. And that's why they are both different and all the same.

If Rip Hopkins asked Chris to write give next to his images, it is less to comment on or interpret that to extend the artistic act which has produced every time the Museum of Prehistory.
Text by: Christophe Donner et Francis Saint-Genez

Publisher: Filigranes Éditions (2011)
144 pages
Size: 31 x 25 cm
ISBN :2350462161   

Sept fois Ă  terre, huit fois debout

For its 40th anniversary, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) gave Rip Hopkins a carte blanche.
He invites about sixty personalities from the world of art and culture, sciences and medicine, sport or press…and MSF voluntaries to wear the MSF’s tee-shirt in order to express their commitment in accordance with their personality, desire or message.

The result? Pictures that break with conventional iconography of humanitarian photography; pictures which invite us to think with humour about the many aspects of commitment.
Text by: Jean Lacouture et Rony Brauman

Publisher: Le ChĂŞne (2011)
128 pages
Size: 287 x 200 mm
ISBN :2812305088   

Another Country

Another Country is the first book of photographs devoted to the British in France.

Rip Hopkins' 68 portraits provide a record that is both personal and objective, showing the real and imaginary world of British expats in France.
Having himself abandoned the UK, Rip Hopkins re-exa- mines his roots and his passionate relationship with France. Antony Mair, a British settler in the Dordogne considers what it means for him and others to be expatriates, while Pauline de La Boulaye, a French national sets out her view of the British, the photographer and the present time.
These different accounts raise questions of identity and of belonging, in the context of a society adapting to globalisation. Distur- bing and surreal, Rip Hopkins' photographs resonate at the deepest levels of our consciousness.
Text by: Antony Mair, Pauline de La Boulaye et Rip Hopkins

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2010)
128 pages
Size: 23x31 cm
ISBN :2350461912   

Alchimistes aux fourneaux

Les auteurs discutent de la modernité des Délices de la campagne de Nicolas de Bonnefons, considéré comme un ouvrage de référence par les grands chefs. Tandis qu'Hervé This explique les phénomène physiques et chimiques qui s'opèrent lors de toute préparation culinaire, Pierre Gagnaire explore ce que le valet de chambre de Louis XIV avait découvert au XVIIe siècle.


Text by: Pierre Gagnaire, Hervé This

Publisher: Flammarion (2007)
206 pages
Size: 24x31 cm
ISBN :2082015343   

Clee Hill and other sculptures

Objet d'édition rare, limité à 65 exemplaires numérotés, Clee Hill and other sculptures fait suite à l'exposition en plein air de 9 sculptures monumentales du célèbre sculpteur Stephen Cox dans le Shropshire en Grande-Bretagne.
Text by: Bill Hopkins, Stephen Cox

Publisher: Bill Hopkins (2006)
50 pages
Size: 74x52,5 cm

Déplacés

Déplacés sont les peuples qui vivent en Ouzbékistan et que Rip Hopkins, photographe de l'Agence Vu, a souhaité montrer ici. Invention soviétique, l'Ouzbékistan rassemble des communautés aux racines et parcours mêlés : Allemands, Polonais, Grecs, Russes, Coréens, Tatars, parmi d'autres, déportés pour beaucoup par le régime stalinien. Par le truchement de portraits et de mises en situation, 99 photographies reconstituent l'itinéraire de ces " non-Ouzbeks ", qui émigrent aujourd'hui vers leur pays d'origine.
Text by: Mathias Gavarry, Gabriel Bauret

Publisher: Textuel (2004)
99 pages
ISBN :2845971281   

Tadjikistan Tissages

Rip Hopkins a passé plusieurs mois au Tadjikistan où il a parcouru treize mille kilomètres à pied. À cheval ou en camion. Trop souvent on ne connaît de cet Etat que sa production d'héroïne et la guerre civile qui y fait rage depuis l'indépendance, il y a dix ans. C'est à n'en pas douter la plus petite et la plus pauvre des républiques d'Asie centrale. La difficulté d'accès, l'insécurité, d'incessants conflits interethniques y rendent tout déplacement délicat.

Publisher: Actes Sud (2002)
91 pages
ISBN :2742739777   

Nimulé

Ce travail de reportage en panoramique noir et blanc nous transporte dans ce pays dont on ne parle pas souvent. A l’opposé de toute dérive documentaire, la vision de Rip Hopkins se tourne avec une grande humanité vers une population qui, malgré tout, continue à vivre.
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Filigranes (1997)
Size: 18x13,5 cm
ISBN :2-910682-39-0   

Awards


    2007 - LadurĂ©e Award, Paris

    2004 - FIACRE Grant

    2003 - SCAM Award

    2002 - HSBC Award, Paris

    2001 - Foundation CCF Award for the photography

    2000 - The Foundation Hachette Grant, Paris

    1998 - Kodak Award of young photo-reporter

    1998 - World Press Masterclass Award, Rotterdam

    1997 - MosaĂŻque Grant, Luxembourg

    1997 - “Monographies” Award, Paris

    1997 - The Observer Hodge Award

    1996 - Ilford Award

    1994 - Ilford Award

Exhibitions



Horsey Horsey (Maisons-Laffitte)
From 2012-07-04 to 2012-10-26

Through this series of portraits, Rip Hopkins reveals how the inhabitants of Maisons-Laffitte, a French city historically linked to horses, perceive and take on the imagery of the horse in their fantasy.\r\rAt the North West of Paris, close to the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, stands a city that has been haunted by the presence of horse since the end of the 18th century. Its racetrack has the longest straight line of Europe. Men and horses live together. Tracks are available to ride around. The mounted horse always has the priority. An anachronistic castle reminds us of the times before...

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Another Country, the British in France (Beauvais)
From 2011-09-10 to 2011-11-06

Rip Hopkins’ 68 portraits provide a record that is both personal and objective, showing the real and imaginary world of British expats in France.\r\rThe photographs reveal aspects of British identity which is embedded within a culture of imagination and relates intimately to all the arts. In the past this has only been suggested, but rarely seen.

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Another country (Ribérac)
From 2010-07-02 to 2010-08-29


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Photo Levallois - Romanian Rip (Levallois)
From 2008-11-17 to 2008-12-06


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Viewpoint (Lyon)
From 2008-09-20 to 2008-11-22


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Riga's Circus, Noorderlicht International Photofestival (Leeuwarden)
From 2008-09-07 to 2008-10-26

The 15th Edition of The Noorderlicht International Photofestival is the first show ever to present a comprehensive narrative of photography from the former East bloc. The exhibition shows many photographers who are now forgotten but in their time succeeded in finding their space to work independent of the utopian regime. Rip Hopkins shows his serie named "Riga's Circus". That's the name of a circus built in 1888 and unchanged since. During the Soviet Period, the circus was an emblematic symbol of a socialist brave new world.

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Alchimists at the furnace (Paris)
From 2008-06-17 to 2008-06-22


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Humain, très humain. (Bordeaux)
From 2008-04-11 to 2008-08-17


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 Biography

 Biographie de Rip Hopkins

Prix et bourses

2007 Ladurée prize, Paris
2003 SCAM prize (mention spéciale), Paris
2002 FIACRE scholarship, Paris
2002 HSBC Award, Paris
2000 Hachette Award, Paris
1998 World Press Masterclass, Rotterdam
1997 Kodak Award for young photoreporter, Perpignan
1997 Observer Hodge Award, London
1996 Ilford of the Black & White jury award, Paris


Expositions

2008 Photo Levallois, HĂ´tel de Ville
2008 Cité de l'Architecture
2008 Biennale de la photographie, Liège
2008 Musée d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux (collective)
2008 Cité de la Villette, Paris
2007 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
2007 Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon
2007 Galerie Fraich'attitude, Paris
2007 Centre Nationale de l'Audiovisuel, Luxembourg (collective)
2007 Rencontres d'Arles (collective)
2006 Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
2006 Artcurial, Paris (collective)
2006 Galerie du cinéma MK2 Bibliothéque, Paris (collective)
2006 Parc de Seaux, Paris (collective)
2006 Galerie du Carré Amelot, La Rochelle


Parutions

Outdoor Outlaws, Io Donna
Des idée pour sauver le PS, Le Monde 2
Alchimistes aux fourneaux, Libération
Porftolio Alchimistes aux fourneaux, Le Monde 2
Paris anonyme, Libération
Portraits avocats des Puissants, Le Monde 2
Première ville Santé en France, Télégraph Magazine
Portfolio Alchimistes aux fourneaux, Epsilon


Bibliographie

2007 Alchimistes aux fourneaux, Flammarion, France
2007 Fabrique De l'Europe, Editions Filigranes, France (group publication)
2006 Clee hill & other sculptures, Stoner Press, GB
2006 Photographies contemporaines – points de vue, Editions Textuel, France
2006 Décade, Éditions Filigranes, France
2006 Vu à Orsay, Musée d'Orsay / Panini, France (group publication)
2006 Agence VU, Photo Poche / Actes Sud, France (group publication)
2006 VU Ă  Paris, Panini Books, France (group publication)
2004 Déplacés, Editions Textuel, France


Corporate

ETDE
Marithé & Francois Girbaud
Musée d’Orsay
Musée Jacquemard-André
Orange
SMA BTP


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