About Roger Humbert

Born in Nîmes, France, Roger Humbert moved to Toronto, Canada in 1974. In 2013 Roger moved to Simcoe, in Ontario’s beautiful Norfolk County.

As a teenager, Roger studied charcoal drawing for 3 years at the École des Beaux Arts in Nîmes. During that time he discovered photography as a mode of artistic expression. In 2002 Roger made the transition from ‘analog’ photography to digital.

While living in Toronto Roger’s work explored the urban world and for several years his main focus was photographing live performance, mostly musicians on stage. Since moving to Simcoe his main focus has shifted to the natural world.

Roger’s work has been exhibited on several occasions. Permanent selections of his photographs are on display at Toronto’s Lula Lounge. Roger received the 2009 photographer of the year award from the Canadian National Jazz Awards. His photographs have been used for CD covers and posters and have appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Macleans, Le Monde, Grammy, Drum!, Toronto Waterfront, Canadian Musician and Photo Life. Roger is a contributor to Getty Images where his photographs can be licensed for reproduction. His studio was included in the 2015 and 2016 Norfolk Studio Tour and in 2015 a selection of his work was displayed at the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover as part of a group show.

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist using the tools and techniques of digital photography to create images that strive to be emotionally compelling.

I often hear comments about my work like: “This looks like a painting” or “this doesn’t look like a photograph”

If by a painting we mean pigments applied by hand to a piece of canvas or paper, then no, these are not paintings – the pigments were applied to a piece of canvas or paper by a machine (a printer).

Are these then photographs? Technically the answer is no since no photochemical processes were involved in the production of these images.

The term I like to use is Digital Imaging.

Thoughts about techniques, tools and materials can be interesting and have their place.

Works of visual art speak to our emotions. Active thinking interferes. To truly engage we need to open our heart and soul and suspend our intellect. This is how I strive to explore the world around me while capturing images with my camera. Later, while editing these images at the computer I continue my conversation with the subject in the same manner.