Dominique Bollinger Biography

Dominique Bollinger




Photographer Dominique Bollinger (30 November 1950 Lyon - 20 October 2023 Siena) was drawn to visual art as a child and was primarily self-taught. He discovered photography at age 14 when his brothers built a make-shift darkroom in their family home, and processed photos as an experiment. Bollinger took to the art form and soon decided to attempt a career as a traveling freelance photographer. He began his professional career in 1969 with a photo assignment along the Ivory Coast and Mali. This was followed by a series on the stairs of Paris, and he was then able to travel to Mexico and the United States, where he focused on landscape imagery. In 1986 he moved to Italy, and devoted his time to black and white photography. He would become known for his images of Rome and its surroundings, Southern Italy (Puglia and Sicily), Roman churches, and dramatic still lifes of flowers.

In 2010 he opened his own gallery in Tuscany, San Quirico d'Orcia, near Siena. There, he worked on the landscapes of Val d’Orcia as well as the architecture people from San Quirico. His final series in 2023 focused on Calabria. He worked in platinum and silver print photography as well as digital, and carried out commercial works with Ikea, Patek Philippe and Pioneer. Additionally, he published several books, including: The SouthFLEURSVal d’OrciaDominique Bollinger Photographies, and Carnet de Voyage Cote d'Ivoire. Bollinger died on October 20, 2023.

His work is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Bibliotheque Nationale, and the Musee Nicephone Niepce in France; the Museo dell fotografia, Caltagrione, Italy; Camerawork Gallery, Berlin; and a variety of private collections throughout the US and Europe. 

Black & White Award, Nominato categoria Fine Art Photography, 2008, '09
Primo premio "G.R. Namias" Milano, Italy
Prix Agfa-Photographies Magazine, Paris, France
Prix Kodak de la critique photographique 1982, Paris, France