Overview participating exhibitions
In his series Cosplay the photographer Denis Rouvre shows us what most resembles a parallel universe. In Tokyo he photographed young people who devote their lives to cosplay, a contraction of the English words costume and play, dressing up as their favourite characters from manga strips, fantasy films or games. Contests, web forums and special events become their stage, and an opportunity to live the life of their fictional heroes and heroines. When in costume, Rouvre says, they reflect a part of their own personality, creating a life that is far removed from reality.
Since 1992 Denis Rouvre (France, 1967), a Parisian, has been doing portraits of both stars and anonymous people whose lives have taken a peculiar course. His work has been honoured with various awards, including the World Press Photo (2010 and 2013), the SONY World Photography Award 2011 and the Hasselblad Masters Portrait in 2012. In addition he has also published several books, including Lamb (about Senegalese wrestlers) and Low Tide – Le Japon du Chaos.