Nicolas Grospierre is a photographer, mainly of architecture, and an artist working in the expanded field of photography. He studied political science and sociology at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and the London School of Economics before turning to photography. He is based in Warsaw.
His work as a photographer has focused on one hand on documentary projects, which explore the collective memory and hopes of modernist architecture, now that the utopian ideology behind it has faded away. The other side of his work focuses on conceptual photography, emphasising mind games and visual paradoxes, while presenting attractive and sensual images and even installations.
He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 (with Kobas Laksa, curators Grzegorz Piątek and Jarosław Trybuś), for the exhibition Hotel Polonia in the Polish pavilion.
His latest photographic album, Modern Forms. An Expanded Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture (2022), was published by Prestel Publishing.
Recent exhibitions include: T A T T A R R A T T A T, Signum Foundation, Venice, 2010; One Thousand Doors, No Exit, Graham Foundation, Chicago, 2011; Paper Planes, Arup, London, 2011; The City which does not exist, Bunkier Sztuki. Krakow, 2012; Axonometria, Alarcon Criado Galeria, Seville, 2012; The Oval Offices, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, 2013; A Glass Shard in the Eye, BWA Warszawa, 2014; Modern Forms, Architectural Association, London, 2016; Heliosophia, Alarcon Criado Gallery, Seville, 2017, Todo Palidece ante el Libro, Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid, 2017; The City which does not exist, Peresvetov Pereulok Gallery, Moscow, 2018, The Best Possible City, Architektur Galerie, Munchen, 2018; A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, Fort Institute of Photography, Warsaw, 2019; LCAXN, Le Corbusier Foundation, Paris, 2021