From 7 April to 7 May, the Durev Gallery is hosting the diversions of photographer Eric Neveu.
“My photographs are only major diversions of reality…
I make them according to my instinct with the assurance that they will not hurt the eyes and, above all, that they can be read without the need for a text explanation…
Finally, my photographs are designed above all to be hung on the walls of a living room and not to be stored in a drawer or a shoebox…
They have the price of rarity…and that of my imagination… ”
Born in 1947 in Clermont-Ferrand, Eric Neveu was propelled into the art world at a very young age thanks to his collaboration, for 30 years, with one of the greatest experts and collectors of surrealist art in the world, Daniel Filipacchi. Perceiving his aesthetic and artistic sensibility, this great magazine publisher quickly integrated him into the management of his publishing house dedicated essentially to art books on surrealism and American photorealism.
In 1979, Daniel Fillipacchi asked him to move to New York to head up public relations for Look magazine. During his stay in the USA, Eric Neveu met many artists including Salvador Dali, Dorthea Tanning, John Kacere and many others… And then, one day the famous photographer Art Kane asked him to be his assistant for a report on Rod Steward in concert in Chicago… This experience gave him the desire to make photographs as well and to make it his profession. Back in New York, he bought a small Yashica camera and took a series of 20 photographs of cars which, on his return to Paris, were exhibited and sold out the day of the opening.
In 1985 Daniel Filipacchi asked him to design a charm magazine with a revolutionary concept: it was to be NewLook, which was a worldwide success. The concept was simple: a mix of charm photos and photographic reports of the type published in Stern or National Geographic.
For the past 10 years, Eric Neveu has devoted himself to so-called “art” photography.
Today, his works are part of important private collections. However, he modestly claims to be simply a manipulator of decorative images.
56 Bd de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris
April 07, 2023 to May 07, 2023