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varial* :: photographer & director

BIO

Visual Artworks are 100% original, conceptualized with Varial personal photography and image bank - no image banks on this portfolio. 

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Varial Cedric Houin is a photographer, creative director, writer, explorer, seeker and musician. He was born in Paris, lived 10 years Canadian as a multiplateform visual artist, and has been travelling around the planet since 2010 as a nomadic author helping communities and foundations with his photographic, film, design and communication skills and vision. 

He has won National Geographic Photo contest in 2012 and has been published by The New York Times, the Smithonian. He has travelled and shoot in Ecuador, Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Tajikistan, India, Afghanistan, Borneo, Malaysia, to document the life and fight of indigenous communities. His personal work on Afghanistan has been exhibited at the United Nations in 2013 and his first movie Wakhan received best documentary prize in Canada.  

Single child, with unknown grandfathers, a free spirit traveler pianist grandmother named “Moon,” an intellectual loving mother, a father who worked for 40 years in Africa, South America, and the Pacific, he grew up travelling the world, while studying in Paris. Questioning and exploring realities, driven and attracted by extreme journeys, remote places, tribes and threatened cultures, his approach to documentary is immersive, physical and lyrical, spiritual and psychedelic. Obsessed by untold realities, rare captured moments, simple but novel realities, striving for the sublime, he has put his artistic chops in the service of the planet.  

Supported by Arsenal Contemporary Art Center, Nikon Canada, Mom Industries, Impossible Project, The Québec Government Office in New York, Duggal Visual Solutions, Artnet Auctions. 

Gallery Representation Arsenal Contemporary Art 

Personal Inquiries & Images rights 

varial@varialstudio.com | skype : varialstudio 

 

AWARDS 

Film 

ETONNANTS VOYAGEURS Film Fest - Selection and listed as Best of Show 

RENDEZ-VOUS DU CINÉMA QUÉBÉCOIS - Best 1st or 2nd doc 2014 

Photography 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER 2012 - 1st Place 

PDN ANNUAL 2012 - 1 Prize - Photo District News - USA 

EXPOSURE 2011 - 1 Prize - Artist Wanted - USA 

APPLIED ARTS 2011 - 1 Prize - Canada 

LUX 2010 - 1 Prize - Québec. 

APPLIED ARTS 2010 - 3 Prizes - Canada 

LUX 2009 - 1 Grand Prize + 4 Prizes - Quebec 

LUX 2008 - 1 Prize - Québec 

Conceptual - Illustration 

PDN PIX 2010 - 1 Prize - Photo District News - USA 

LUX 2010 - 1 Prize - Québec. 

APPLIED ARTS 2010 - 4 Prizes - Canada 

CREA 2009 - 1 Prize - Annual Québec Advertising 

FELIX 2005 - Best CD sleeve - Quebec Music Awards.  

ONETOP 2003-04-05 - 7 Prizes + Best of Show 2004 - Quebec 

Interactive 

CANNES LIONS 2009 - shortlist - World 

APPLIED ARTS INTERACTIVE 2009 - 1 Prize - Canada 

BOOMERANG 2008 - Grand Prize + 1 Prize b2c - Quebec 

FWA - site of the day 

WEBBIES 2008 - nominee - world. 

CLIENTS Barefoot College, Karuna Schechen, Hutan Project, Smithsonian, Shining Hope Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, Ubisoft, TV5, Fonds Bell, Ubisoft, 7 Fingers, MUTEK, Quebec Council for Media and Arts, the Society for Arts and Technology, Louis Vuitton, Rihanna, Mercedes, Spotify, Philippe Dubuc, Marie St-Pierre, Piknicelectronik, Mutek, Montreal en Lumières, Igloofest,Patrick Watson, GSI Musique AGENCIES Ogilvy, Publicis, CLM-Bbdo,Taxi, Sidlee, Bos, Bluesponge 

 

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