Nathalie Perakis-Valat

About Nathalie Perakis-Valat

Born in Paris, trained in business at the HEC Business School in Paris, I am a self-taught French photographer who was based in Shanghai from 2010 to 2016. Having lived in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid, New York, and Shanghai, I am always very inspired by a desire to capture the lives of the people I encounter. Shanghai fascinated me immediately. I was first struck by the contrasts and the surreality of this city, which I expressed in my series "Real Shanghai ?" through collage and color enhancement. Attracted to the traditional neighborhoods, for my "Lilong Treasures" project, I spent 2 years discovering the Chinese people's lives and culture but also creating poetry of the vestiges through abstract compositions. In Shanghai Keystones, I tried to bring a different light to construction sites, focusing on the action of construction itself, placing the worker into the focal center, rather than the building. I provided testimonials for these men and paid tribute to their efforts which often remain unknown and obscured. My work focuses on the human dimension of the city, rendering visible what is otherwise invisible. It has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Asia and in Europe amongst which Photo Shanghai, Art Central HK, Art Stage Singapore, Shanghai Contemporary, Grand Prix Photo Saint Tropez and Atelier Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Back in Paris now, I am rediscovering my own European culture and working on new series.