Henry Roy

2000 - 2020

I'm an Afro-French photographer and writer (born in Haïti and living in Paris, France).

Since several decades, I'm using intuition to trace a quest for magic all around the world. My vision is a result of a mixture of reminiscence, fantasy and sensation captured throughout my daily life, in an animistic and poetic relationship with my environment. I would define my work like a dreamy poetic journal, a sensorial and mental biography, as well as a complex, holistic view of the contemporary world.

Through various projects (books, exhibitions, residences), I'm trying to unravel the mystery of appearances, to bring out the invisible.

This project represents a vision of Africa described by a man from the African diaspora who has never been there.

Teju Cole for the New York Times, about Superstition, my last book, published in 2017:

Henry Roy, “Superstition.” Études Books, 48 pages, 24 images.

“They murmur the secret language of a world free from what contaminates us,” writes Henry Roy of the photographs in his slim, allusive volume “Superstition.” He is deeply sensitive to dreamscapes and to the borders between this world and the next, qualities that he credits to his Haitian background and his knowledge of vodou. This book, full of people sleeping and shadowy trees, is like a collection of poems in a once known but now forgotten language. Stylistically speaking, his work sits somewhere between Saul Leiter and Viviane Sassen, but it is its own thing. I wanted it to be twice as long, but no, it is more mesmerizing at this wispy length.

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