Renowned photographer and film director Eric Valli was born in 1952 in Dijon, eastern France. He has spent most of his career working on the relationship between man and nature.

Since 1981 Eric has captured on camera some of the most inaccessible locations in the world, working for titles such as National Geographic, Life, GEO, Paris Match, Stern and Smithsonian magazines, and The Sunday Times of London.

Eric specializes in mountain scenery and is an expert on the Himalayas, in particular Nepal, Tibet and Afghanistan. In 1987, his photo story Honey Hunters – documenting the cliff-climbing Gurung tribesmen of west-central Nepal – won a World Press Award.

In 1990 Eric shot Shadow Hunters, which captures the gathering of birds’ nests for soup in a vast cave in western Thailand. The film received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary.

In 1999 he directed the adventure story Himalaya – a tale of survival in the mountain region – which became the first Nepalese film to receive an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.

Eric has published 14 books to date. In total, his photography has been recognized with three World Press Awards. In addition he has shot commercial work for Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

In 2012 he directed the film Himalayan Gold Rush (co-produced by state broadcaster China Central Television), which was seen by 600 million viewers in China alone.

For his most recent project Living Yangtze – he portrayed the river through the people living in harmony with it, in conjunction with Swarovski – Eric spent six months along the world’s third largest waterway. An exhibition accompanied the launch of this in 2015 at Photo Shanghai, ArtScience Museum in Singapore, the Milan Expo and at COP21 in Paris.

In June 2016, Valli’s captivating ‘Living Yangtze’ exhibition took place in the spectacular Orangerie du Sénat inside Paris’s Luxembourg Gardens. The exhibition brought together 80 photographs and 7 films that highlighted seven communities situated around the river Yangtze in China.

Later in 2016, the world-renowned singer Pharrell Williams specifically requested that Valli shoot his latest collaboration with Adidas Originals. This saw Valli travel to North Dakota to shoot people from all walks of life, including a group of Native Americans who invited Pharrell and Valli into their community to share their stories and culture.

Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Honey Hunters
Jungle Nomads
Jungle Nomads
Honey Hunters
Tharus - Princesses of the Forest
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams - commercial
Caravans
High Himalaya
Caravans
High Himalaya
Caravans
Caravans
Caravans
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
High Himalaya
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Smithsonian
High Himalaya
High Himalaya
High Himalaya
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Shadow Hunters
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Documentary project for the Swarovski Water School Foundation - "Living Yangtze - Drinking Tea, Making Friends”
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Shadow Hunters
Shadow Hunters
Shadow Hunters
Shadow Hunters
Shadow Hunters
High Himalaya
"Jungle Nomads" - Book
Yarsagumbu
Caravans
Yarsagumbu
Yarsagumbu
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Yarsagumbu
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
High Himalaya
Honey Hunters
Tharu
Off the Grid
Off the Grid
Jungle Nomads
National Geographic
National Geographic - Tharus "Princesses of the Forest"
Children of the Dust
On the Road
"Living Yangtze" for Swarovski's Water School Foundation
Off the Grid
Hermes commercial - "Voyage d'Hermes"
Hermes commercial - "Voyage d'Hermes"
Louis Vuitton campaign
Louis Vuitton campaign
Hermes campaign
Hermes campaign
Hermes campaign
Nespresso campaign for Fair Trade & Sustainability
Nespresso campaign for Fair Trade & Sustainability
Nespresso campaign for Fair Trade & Sustainability
Nespresso campaign for Fair Trade & Sustainability
Nespresso campaign for Fair Trade & Sustainability