Julien Herger (b. 1987, Geneva, CH) is a photographer and artistic director currently living in Montreal. His personal work engages an approach of the portraiture halfway between documentary and fashion. Inspired by popular cultures and diversity, his pictures evoke a sense of nostalgia by merging past and contemporary aesthetics.

After studying fashion design at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and an eclectic career path, he moved to Canada in 2018 to study photography. He graduated as the best talent of his school year with his series Idols, and quickly started as an independent. He has since collaborated with several names including fashion, cosmetics and food.

In April 2021 he cofounded KH—institute, a photography studio and creative label based in Montreal, dedicated to gather people through creativity and inclusivity. In the same year, he won with his series Pariah the M1 Sony Award of the emergent photographer of 2021-2022.​

Selected clients

Neutrogena, Beauties Lab, Selv Rituel, Acte Training, Wild Grace, Bopied, Maison Stoï, 

Sushi A La Maison, SourBelts, Bee's Knees, KO Média, Pratico-Pratiques, Goélette

 

Publications

Afrostyle Magazine, series Les Moeurs, January 20

Miss Sushi Magazine 2, Pratico-Pratiques, April 21

Flanelle Magazine, series 5 in the morning, May 21

Miss Sushi Magazine 3, Pratico-Pratiques, August 21

Miss Sushi Magazine 4, Pratico-Pratiques, November 21

Miss Sushi Magazine 5, Pratico-Pratiques, March 22

Miss Sushi Magazine 6, Pratico-Pratiques, May 22

Book Lunchs & Brunchs, Goélette, 22

Book Passion Saumon, Goélette, 22

Awards

2022 — LensCulture Portrait Award Finalist, series Pariah

2021 — M1 Sony Award, Emerging Photographer Of The Year, series Pariah

2019 — M5 Laureate, series Idols

EDUCATION​

2019 — AEC in Commercial Photography, College Marsan, Montreal (CA)

​2009 — Bachelor in Fashion Design, University of Art and Design, Geneva (CH)