Hadrien Jean-Richard

“I try to photograph each individual with the heart of a French Humanist Photographer and the precision of a Swiss watch.”

About me

Hadrien JeanRichard is a freelance Reportage-, Documentary- and Portrait Photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland.

After graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration and Communications in Switzerland, Hadrien had a career in investement banking. He eventually left the industry to follow his heart towards photography and visual storytelling. Today Hadrien works as a Communications Manager, Photographer and Higher Education Lecturer. 

In 2016, very early in his photographic career, Hadrien met renowned documentary photographer Peter Turnley. Peter became a close friend, mentor and has had a major influence on Hadrien‘s photographic style and approach to this day: close, personal, respectful, and always with a sense of story and composition in mind,  and beyond all else, a passion for the human condition.

Hadrien is especially known for his ability to connect with the heart and emotion and lives of the subjects of his photographs, often resulting in images conveying sincere, authentic, and profound and essential emotions of the life of our times.
Hadrien has both Swiss and French nationality and speaks English, German, Swiss German, French and Spanish.


  • 3rd Place: International Photography Awards 2021, Category Event – Social Causes
  • Shortlisted: Bartur / Leica Fotografie International Award 2021, Category Photojournalist of the Year 
  • 4 Honorable Mentions: International Photography Awards 2021, various categories

Hadrien’s photographs have been published by the following selected brands, institutions and news medias among others:

  • ZKB – Zürcher Kantonal Bank
  • BAG – Bundesamt für Gesundheit (Swiss Federal Office of Health)
  • Universal Music Switzerland
  • Musikkollegium Winterthur
  • Leica Camera UK
  • LFI – Leica Fotografie International
  • ewz (Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich)
  • Kuoni Reisen (Travel Agency)
  • Helvetic Tours (Travel Agency)
  • 20 Minuten
  • Blick
  • Südost Schweiz
  • Landbote
  • Swiss Armed Forces (Terrestrial Forces)
  • Schweizerische Offiziersgsellschaft der Artillerie (SOGART)
  • Greenpeace Switzerland
  • Babyliss Switzerland
  • Pedigree / Whiskas Switzerland

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