Ingrid Chiron received her first camera at the age of 6 and pointed the lens at her grandmother. This photograph was to define her career and her love story with the art of writing with light.
A few years later, her grandfather and mentor, Jean-Paul Chiron, put his own Contax with a 50mm Zeiss lens in her hands, and the story began.
While a journalism student and a freelancer journalist for the scientific magazine “Science et Vie Junior” in Paris in the early 90s, Ingrid wanted to explore the photography medium further.
She was almost turned down for an assignment at the famous Studio B, - who at the time did not hire women – when its founder, Michel Bonnier, impressed by her portfolio, made an exception. There, Ingrid consolidated her technical skills and found her passion for lighting, ambiance and the feminine art of suggestive imagery.
In 1994, she held a joint exhibition at the Nanterre Municipality City Hall, with Christophe Abbou of portraits and street photographs taken in India and Nepal.
With maturity and knowledge come a realization of one’s limitations and a desire to transcend the known and tested.
“One day I looked at my photos and I saw no soul in them. It was time to take a break” she says.
Her career on hold, her lens focused on those closest to her, her family.
It was a eureka moment, Ingrid says, to discover the intricacies of an ordinary family. There is no such thing as an ordinary family.
In my family lives the entire humanity with all that is said and not said, with its joys and turmoil’s, where deep wounds coexist with profound love and respect, where shared history is an unfathomable bond.
Ingrid immersed herself in this lifelong project to document every aspect of her family, every mood, every change to weave the intricate tapestry that is every human group and giving each its unique identity.
This realization seems to have freed Ingrid to undertake new photographic assignments with subjects as varied as dreams, art, music, development projects...
Ingrid lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Today she works as a photographer, as an art curator, and as a visual project manager. She also writes articles for the local and the international press.