The different facets of the Ensemble! state of mind are expressed by the combined viewpoints of 8 photographers, brought together by ONLYLYON to form an ad hoc collective for Ensemble! Their work honours a collection of inspiring places, inhabitants and moments.
What makes up the “Ensemble!” dynamic?
- A highly dynamic collective of partners who are part of the ONLYLYON programme.
- A collective of 8 photographers with very different personalities, who create extremely different work
- Around twenty exceedingly varied places in the city and the people who live, work and wander about there.
Mix it all together and what do you get? A mosaic of simultaneously surprising, innovative, and authentic situations that all reveal the extra bit of soul that can be found in Lyon, and only Lyon!
The Ensemble ! collective
A business owner in her thirties, Aude Lemaitre earned a visual identity degree from the Ecole de Condé. After a stint at a Lyon communications agency, she set up as a freelance photographer in 2013, making work in an appealingly mellow style.
A native of Amiens, Suzie Waroude came to Lyon to study at photography school. She then decided to settle here, and has since worked with local press titles such as Tribune de Lyon, Exit le mag and Grains de Sel. Her style is very direct and authentic.
After studying for three years at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint Etienne, Noélia is now in her second and final year of a vocational qualification (BTS) in photography at the SEPR training centre in Lyon, even though she started freelancing as a photographer in 2018 and has done numerous internships in France and Quebec.
A graduate of the Ecole des Gobelins in Paris, Blandine Soulage is a photographer-author practising in the areas of culture and art de vivre. Lyon-based for several years now, she works with a number of Lyon groups, and press titles such as Télérama and Libération.
Lyon-born photographer Florence Chapuis practises her art in various worlds – from fashion to nature, to portraits, to themed photoreports, as in her exhibition on sport for National Museum of Sweden.
A graduate of the Ecole des Arts Saint-Luc in Liège, Belgium, Margot Raymond settled in Lyon in 2014 to work a as a fine-art photographer. In 2015 she joined Lux, the city’s first collaborative studio, and seeks to shed light on humans, their know-how and their emotions.
A graduate of the Ecole des Gobelins, Sabine Serrad specialises in photographing art and architecture. Now based in Lyon, the freelancer also does regular assignments in other towns and cities.
Covering themes that range from performance arts to architecture, and from intimate portraiture to big cultural events, photographer Anne Simonnot specialises in reporting on events, culture and urban planning. A trained journalist, she produces both pictures and copy, which she publishes in various magazines.v
Brice Robert has been a professional photographer in Lyon since December 2007. He produces documentary photography of architecture, scenography and events in Lyon and elsewhere. His architectural angle puts the focus on the city and urban development. He also turns his lens on cultural festivals, clearly expressing their symbiosis with places, the public, the lights and the artists. He works regularly with Nuits Sonores, Eurockéennes de Belfort, ONLYLYON and ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès. For the Ensemble! campaign, Brice created the visuals for the Ruche Industrielle, Insa, Pinatel Boucherie and the future headquarters of Boehringher Ingelheim.
Stéphane Mignot, who goes under the photographer's pseudonym NinOVersaLphotography, loves Lyon. He is a child of Lyon (a gone in the local dialect), and the grandson of canuts (Lyon’s silkworkers). He tries to use his photography to give back what he feels he owes to the city. Although photography was initially just a hobby for Stéphane, it has gradually taken over: with professional instinct, he began to publish his photos on Facebook, and they were extensively shared with ONLYLYON’s networks. Stéphane then diversified his use of photographic and creative techniques: focusing on puddles (or rather reflections in puddles), "360-degree photos", storm photos, unusual places and shots featuring a figurine of the Little Prince, as a nod to Saint-Exupéry. However, for him, the fundamental technique is emotion, because, as he himself says, "I am a great enthusiast and I use the camera as an extension of my heart.” For the Ensemble! campaign NinOVersalphotography took the visuals of the Amphithéâtre, the Fourvière esplanade and Grand Hôtel Dieu.
Jérôme Poulalier became a professional photographer in 2011, when numerous documentary photography collections confirmed his career choice and he was awarded the Nicolas Hulot Foundation prize by PHOTO magazine. He initially focused on the city and its surrounding area, but moved on to the broader notion of society's environment in order to take an interest in storytelling. His work and artistic research now revolve around two inseparable themes: humans and their environment. His work in Kuwait earned him a place as a finalist in the 2020 Prix Levallois. As part of his ongoing quest to improve and develop his approach, Jérôme is currently taking a Masterclass with Alec Soth, at Magnum Photos. His photographs, which are naturally enriched by the encounters and discoveries that arise from his documentary work, tend to highlight the skills, knowledge and People hidden behind every story. Jérôme’s current approach and projects are part of the same dynamic of bearing witness for our contemporaries. Current projects include his work on the new living spaces of nomadic populations, which he documented for the collective exhibition, "Living in the Camp" that was presented at the Palais de Chaillot in the summer of 2016, and work on the realities and perceptions of the blind and visually impaired shown at the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind (Dallas, 2017) and the French Blind Federation (Lyon, 2018). For the Ensemble! Jérôme Poulalier created the visuals for Interpol, CRBA and H7.
Nicolas Villion goes under the artistic pseudonym, alleycatphotograph - a hangover from his early days taking shots of abandoned factories. Just like an "alley cat", he is also capable of landing on his feet in very different fields. After spending 10 years working in the restaurant business for a variety of establishments, from Lyon’s more traditional Bouchons, to Michelin-starred establishments, he naturally adapted to focus on the culinary arts, which are now his main artistic specialty. Nicolas has been inspired by the creativity of the chefs that he accompanies and highlights in his photos, and always manages to bring their personalities and environments to life using original scenography and unparalleled graphics. Nicolas Villion is an Aries, 100% Lyon-born, and a committed artist from A to Z. He knows all the secrets of successfully rendering an artistic Series. For the Ensemble! campaign, Nicolas Villion created the visuals for Paniers Voyageurs, the Food Traboule and the Théâtre des Célestins.
As a self-taught 39-year-old photographer, Benoît Martin, alias Bendlg, is an adept of nature and wide-open spaces. Originally from the Hautes-Alpes, his love of travel has nurtured his passion for photography, and has encouraged it to develop since childhood. He has explored a variety of countries around the world and photographed the cities of New York, Washington, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec, Rio, and Tokyo. These experiences helped him to develop the techniques he drew on to bring us his vision of Lyon. Lyon is Benoît Martin’s adopted home, and he enjoys showing the city he sees, highlighting its atmosphere, quality of life, geography, history and architecture. Benoît works with a Canon 5D Mark III camera. He strives to surprise by choosing unexpected and original shots, and likes to use high dynamic range photography, thus creating a bright and colourful graphic universe. Benoît Martin seeks beauty and harmony in his work, striving to reveal the sublime aspects of reality ... For the Ensemble! campaign, Ben DLG produced the visuals for La Mulatière, the Renault Trucks factory, the Saône quayside at night and the bird’s-eye views of Lyon.
Robin et les Super Héros
He might not have a cape, but Robin Weill feels his camera gives him magic powers - hence his photography alias: Robin et les Super Heroes (Robin and the Super Heroes). Robin, because it is his first name, and Super Heroes as a tribute to all those who trust him enough to reveal part of themselves during shooting. Whatever the field he works in (corporate photography, architectural photography, social photography, or portraiture), Robin et les Super Héros endeavours to take raw, human and illustrative photos. As a photographer, he takes the approach of creating a simple and sincere relationship with the people in front of him. For the Ensemble! campaign, Robin et les Super Héros created the visuals for Miribel Park, Port Edouard Herriot and Nicolas Fafiotte's haute couture workshops. Instagram : robinetlessuperheros
For 15 years, Bertrand Gaudillière has been able to produce and disseminate his work on social and political issues through Collectif Item (a collective for photographers and documentary storytellers), of which he is one of the founders. Bertrand Gaudillière’s work questions the notions of margins, norms, integration, equality, acceptance and struggle and from 2007 to 2011, he took particular interest in the issue of undocumented migrants in France. His work on the theme was projected and then exhibited as part of the Visa pour l'image festival, and was also the subject of a book: "Des Chiffres, Un Visage" (Libel editions). Bertrand Gaudillère works with the national and international press and also provides his skills to various institutions. Since 2013, he has used to video broadened his approach to narration and to create multimedia projects. His multimedia documentary L'Esprit de Gezi was awarded two prizes at the Web Program Festival 2015 (Audience Award and Jury Prize, and Magazine/Current Affairs category). Bertrand Gaudillère is based in Lyon and produced the visuals of the Croix-Rousse Hospital, Blandan Park and the rooftops of Part-Dieu for the Ensemble! campaign.
Vladimir DMDJ was born in Lyon and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Lyon, but decided to apply the skills he had acquired during his architectural studies to photography. He is particularly interested in revealing the human presence in urban spaces, and his work often sits midway between architectural and street photography. For the Ensemble! campaign, Vladimir DMDJ took the pictures of the Confluence, the Passage de l’Argue and the Rhône riverbanks.