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PHOT’Aubrac 2020 : Olivier Muhlhoff


I grew up in a family of musicians.

Lonely and curious about everything, I received an “Instamatic Kodak” at 11, the same as my big brother!

When I was 13, I was trained in the black and white lab by a teacher who passed on his passion and his creative tips to me. But photography has not become my first profession.

I naturally turned to the engineering profession to satisfy my impatience for understanding and creation.

My professional life has been very rich thanks to the means made available to me by “Michelin”, offering me a career as a researcher, filing over 100 invention patents in 30 years.

The advent of digital technology has allowed me to integrate the computer into my photographic creativity and to speed up my research work.

“Arborescences” won the 1st prize for “Photos of Nature Revisited” at the international festival of Montier en Der in 2017 and 2019.

Olivier Muhlhoff



You travel by train and to pass the time you watch trees out of the window.

They are marching.

A magnificent tree attracts your attention, it passes …

What remains now in your memory of this fleeting passage?

Our brain has this extraordinary and instantaneous ability to reconstruct an image of this tree.

This intangible image is completely different from that of a classic photo.

Sometimes our brain even ends up confused, before reconstructing a poetic and magnified vision of this past by mixing reality, emotion and imagination.

It is this memory that I try to materialize in the form of a very real photo.

Olivier Muhlhoff

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