Photographer
www.rouvre.com

Born in 1967, Denis Rouvre lives and works in Paris. He is a photographer known for his celebrity portraits, which often grace the covers of leading French and international publications including Elle, GQ, Intramuros, Le Monde, Marie-Claire, The New York Times Magazine, Têtu, and Vanity Fair Italy.

The photographs showcased here features Rouvre’s series entitled "Senegalese Wrestlers". This series, which was shot in 2009, is part of the artist's work in progress on physical involvement and on Man's relations with strength, power and fragility. The series was awarded second prize in the Sports Features Stories category of World Press Photo 2010.

During 2006, Denis Rouvre famously travelled throughout France to cover a majority of the TOP 14 (French Rugby Championship) encounters all the way to the finals. Match after match he was granted access to the locker rooms and brought back a raw reportage, because caught in the act, yet oddly sensitive. Identical frames, tight focus : 220 rugby players from every club agreed to be photographed after the match. Bruised, grimy, bandaged, these smiling or grimacing faces reveal the impacts, the high stakes, the solidarity. A book of 160 portraits pays tribute to the spirit of the game and to surpassing oneself.