Learn about Henri Cayard - "Monsieur Henri"

Monsieur Henri Profile

Henri Cayard was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He attended Les Freres de l'Instruction Chretienne: Le Petit Seminaire Saint Martial and Le Centre d'Etudes Secondaires for his primary and secondary education. After studying Economics and Management, he switched to a career as a photographer. He migrated to the USA in 1987 and lived there for 8 years. His superb portraits of women at his studio in the Design District - artistic neighborhood of Miami- propelled him to the limelight of Florida. He won several national and international prices and participated successfully at many exhibits. Henri is currently running with his brother Frantz the Photo/Studio/laboratory chain Monsieur-Henri.  

This is an Extract from the book entittled: "Haiti, Quand la lentille se fait Palette". This biography/introduction was written by his long-time friend and also photographer: Dr. Georges Michel


Henri Cayard is one of the best Haitian representatives in the field of photography in Haiti. he has attended some of the best schools of photography in the world, has worked under the guidance of some of the great masters of Photography such as Helmut Newton, Jeff Dumas, Uwe Ommer Ralph Gibson, Robert Farber and many others. He has won numerous international awards and has participated in many exhibitions. During the mid 1980's, by the public's will, he came to be known as Monsieur Henri, the name he is widely known under today.

Just as Colonel Paulin, Henri has earned his due rewards, ranking and name on the battlefield with the quality of his work, most notably, for his now famous women portraits. But after a long career that spans over 35 years, he wanted to innovate and even reach beyond the scope of his style and technique. 

The advancement in modern day technology has allowed him to realize one of his oldest dreams, to be able to merge the art of photography with the art of painting, two art forms that share a common territory. Eventually, the computer era came to be and Henri Cayard quickly realized that he could combine and integrate its functions with the way photography had been done in the past.

A bright idea came to mind. He decided to lightly modify his creations by morphing them from photos to impressionistic paintings, reminders of the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet or Edouard Manet.


Riccardo Joseph

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