Claude Estèbe


Claude Estèbe is a French contemporary art photographer. He is currently living in Paris where he teaches Japanese visual culture at INALCO University and works as an expert in photography for Guimet Museum.

He published “The Last Samourais” and was a fellow artist at French Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto in 2001.

In April 2013, he was one of the curators of the first edition of “Kyotographie International Photography Festival”.


2013 Radium Girls, Bangkok, Thailand, Toot Yung Art Center / curator : Myrtille Tibayrenc

2012 Choking Hazard, New World in Vogue / curator : Myrtille Tibayrenc
Toot Yung Gallery, Bangkok

2011 Tukata, Post Industrial Venus / curator : Myrtille Tibayrenc
Toot Yung Gallery, Bangkok

2011 Au coeur des saisons – Susan Buirge et Matoma à Kyôto / curator : Naoko OTHA. Institut Franco-Japonais de Tôkyô
Gallery 21, Tôkyô

2010 Uchimata Institut Franco-Japonais de Tôkyô.

2009 Divas, Musée de Luchon, France.

2008 Japanese Legs / Curator : Manit Sriwanichpoom
Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok


2013 Le Visage des autres – The Christian Polak Collection
Kyotographie International Photography Festival, Toraya gallery, Kyoto.

2008 First portraits in Siam (1850-1860), The Queen’s gallery, Bangkok;
In the framework of La Fete 2008, French Cultural Festival.

2004 Visions of Meiji Japan, Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka.


2007 Fellowship Louis Roederer at French National Library.

2006 doctor in japanese studies (visual culture) at INALCO, Paris.

2004 Fellowship Lavoisier at Teikyo University, Tokyo.

2000 Fellow at Villa Kujoyama artist residence in Kyoto.


2002 Le Crépuscule des Geishas (Twilight of the Geishas), Marval.

2001 Les Derniers samouraïs (The Last Samurais), Marval.