Étienne Saint-Denis


Etienne Saint-Denis is a rising star in the world of contemporary photography, whose distinctive style has garnered acclaim both at home in Canada and abroad. Born in 1991 and raised in the area of Mont-Tremblant, Saint-Denis has been drawn to the art of photography since a young age, and has pursued his passion with dedication and rigor.

Saint-Denis is a graduate of the Fine Art program at College Eduard-Mont-Petit and the Commercial Photography program at College Marsan in Montreal, where he honed his technical skills and developed his creative vision. Over the course of his 14-year career as a photographer, Saint-Denis has worked with a diverse range of clients, from international designers and luxury boutiques to music labels and top industry publications.

In 2018, Saint-Denis was selected as one of 25 photographers worldwide to participate in the New Vanguard exhibition sponsored by Calvin Klein. This prestigious event showcased image-makers at the forefront of art and commerce and was held at the Aperture Foundation in New York, cementing Saint-Denis' status as a rising star in the international art world. Saint-Denis' work is characterized by a striking blend of precision and emotion, reflecting his ability to capture the essence of his subjects in a way that is both beautiful and thought-provoking.

Overall, Etienne Saint-Denis is a photographer who is truly at the forefront of his field, with a unique vision and a dedication to his craft that sets him apart from his peers. His work has been recognized both in Canada and abroad, and he continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of contemporary photography. Whether capturing the beauty of nature or the complexities of human emotion, Saint-Denis' work is a testament to the enduring power of art to inspire and transform.



"Étienne Saint-Denis’s practice blends nostalgia and opportunity to create images that are both ethereal and evocative.  His diverse portfolio exudes an undercurrent of unresolved tension, instilling a haunting sense of déjà vu that unites his work. Drawn to subjects that ignite a feeling of predestination, Saint -Denis focuses on moments that seem to have been previously captured by his lens, existing within the fabric of space and time.  With a vivid vision in mind, he embarks on a journey to actualize it.


In his creative process, Saint-Denis reimagines traditional storytelling by deconstructing narratives and inviting viewers to assemble stories based on their emotional responses to his work.  This intimate collaboration between artist and audience enriches the narrative, fostering a lasting bond that transcends visual barriers.  In his artistic world, the photographer’s world is shaped not by rules, but by the shared emotional experience emerging from their art. Saint-Denis finds satisfaction when his audience connects with the subtle, indescribable elements he thoughtfully incorporates into his compositions.


For Étienne, image-making provides a wide array of creative opportunities.  He values reflecting on technical aspects, and craftmanship in his practice. Driven by the desire to achieve an ideal based on his own set of codes and rules that contribute to his signature style, he continually refines his craft, questioning the boundaries of visual storytelling for those who encounter his work."