Juan Jerez (b.1981) is a photographer based in Paris.
I was born in Granada, Spain. I moved to Rome when I was 22 years old. I spent 7 years in Italy, studing Architecture and working. After a year living in Madrid, I decided to move again and I came to Paris. I have been living here for 6 years, working as a professional photographer. I have worked with many important brands, such as Nikon, Conde Nast, Huawei, Scotch&Soda, Marriot, Infiniti, Tommy Hilfiger or Apple… I have collaborated with tourism offices from all over the world : Australia, Indonesia, Norwey, Finland, Portugal, Spain, France.
« I think my first contact with photography was during my years as a student of Art History in Granada. I spent hours and hours watching images, not only photographs but also building plans, façades, engravings and, especially, paintings. The history of painting has a great influence on my work. I was fascinated by the universal power of the image, the narrative capability of the forms. Photography is for me a way of seeing the world, of being in the world. In the same way as literature, photography is an instrument wich allows you to have access to the essence of things, a ticket for the front row in a show. I have always dreamed of having the ability to create images capable of telling a story, the ability to become a kind of writer working not with words but with lights, shadows, shapes… »