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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 storytelling.

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.


  • TOP 5 Jury Selection: International Photography Awards 2022 | Reportage: Swan Lake (2022)
  • Honorable Mention: International Photography Awards 2021, Category People-Other | Reportage: Swan Lake (2022)
  • Winner Curatorial Selection “State of the World” PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2022 | Reportage: Swan Lake (2022). Exhibition: Paris, at Espace Beaurepaire, November 1 to November 6, 2022
  • Shortlisted: Bartur / Leica Fotografie International Award 2021, Category Photojournalist of the Year | Reportage: Black Lives Matter Protest Zurich (2020)
  • 3rd Place: International Photography Awards 2021, Category Event – Social Causes | Reportage: Black Lives Matter Protest Zurich (2020)
  • 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:

News Media:

  • Landbote
  • Weltwoche
  • 20 Minuten
  • Schweizer Illustrierte
  • Blick
  • Südost Schweiz
  • Werbewoche
  • Kleinreport
  • Horizont

Brands & Institutions

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

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