Denis Hayoun was born in Geneva in 1967 and by his early teens had already developed a passion for both photography and music. He started shooting with his first camera, a Ricoh reflex, at the age of 12 and over the following years combined his twin interests by photographing local musicians and their instruments.
Despite a love of rock and studying classical music at the Geneva Conservatory of Music, Denis followed a career in photography. He explains: “Music is a source of personal expression, but I found that it lacks an element of creative liberty that I find in my photography.”
A love of exploration and discovery has also seen Denis and his cameras travel extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.
Working with professionals, taking photographic courses, attending seminars, studying books, working through many sleepless nights perfecting images and, above all, an inherent natural talent have helped Denis to realise his photographic aspirations and develop his technical explorations while his focus evolved naturally towards macro photography, especially jewellery and timepieces.
“I enjoy objects that have been meticulously created to the highest level, with a strong sense of aesthetics and the magic touch of the artist,” says Denis.