RH Artist bio


Rodolphe Hammadi

Rodolphe Hammadi was born in 1958 in Moselle (North East of France), from an Algerian father and a German mother.

At 16, he studies electromechanical engineering and works in a coal mine. 

At 18, the military service allows him to choose a distant assignment (he will never return to his native region). 

After his military service, he joins the Paratrooper corps and fly to Reunion. 

Two years after, he leaves the army and goes to Paris, where he is hired as an assistant in 1979 in the Studio Urphot. Eric Jantzen, photographer and professor of perspective at the University Paris VI, teaches him the basics of photography in general, and architectural photography in particular.

It is also in Paris that he has key encounters: he becomes the friend and assistant of the painter Corneille (founder of the COBRA group), of the photographer Irina Ionesco and of the sculptor and designer Pucci de Rossi, with whom he works for 15 years.

As a photographer, he produces numerous books and exhibitions on architectural topics in France and abroad, especially in Brazil where he lives from 1997 to 2003 in the small town of Goias Velho (in the Western Central region). 

He is very interested in the Brazilian people and produces several photographic series on different topics: women in their homes, craftsmen, landless farmers, a psychiatric hospital, people sleeping in the streets.

It is in his workshop in Goias Velho, in 1999, that he starts creating furniture and other objects. He works there on his personal approach as a sculptor, inspired by the great variety of wood offered by this country of adoption. His work starts to use recovered glass or metal objects.

In 2003, during a photo coverage for French and Spanish magazines, he meets the sculptor Frans Krajcberg, whose work he admires. 

He then moves to Marseille where he has been living since, with his partner and their child. The weapons have been designed and produced in Marseille. 



Mes Armes / My Weapons
Biennale Hors normes de Lyon. Manufacture des Tabacs, Université Lyon 3, France. 28 Septembre - 28 Octobre 2017

Mes Armes / My Weapons
Dans les Sillons de l’Art Brut / In the furrows of Art Brut. Collective exhibition. Galerie Musée de la Roque d’Anthéron, France. 18 Juillet - 24 septembre 2017

Mes Armes : Sculptures Nomades / My Weapons : Nomadic Sculptures
Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France. 15 Septembre 2015 - 15 février 2016

Mes Armes / My Weapons
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Salle des Trophées, Paris, France. 15 septembre 2015 - 15 février 2016

Photographs and singular objects. La Capelette, Marseille, May-June 2009

Organized under Djazaïr a Year of Algeria in France by M Gallery, Paris 2003

Objetos do desejo / Objects of desire : furniture and sculptures
Meta Gallery-29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2000 and French Alliance Goiania, Gallery Do Beco Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 2001


  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
  • Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
  • Meta Gallery -29, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Women Marseille in their homes
Exhibition of photographic portraits and video interviews at L’Espace Culture  Marseille  from 22 September to 31 October 2011.

Photographic exhibition about the difficult working conditions of women exploiting palm nuts (Babaçu) in the Central West of Brazil. 
Exhibition organized by the Region Paca and the Community 13 for Women's Rights.
March 2007: at the Phalanstère, Marseille.
April 2007: both at the Centre Fleg, in Marseille and at the Lycée Français of New York.
In May 2007: at the Cinema Latina (Paris) with the Jangada Association and the Simone de Beauvoir Paris Audiovisual Centre.

Doors of the Tolerances
Photographic exhibition at the Cultural Jew Center of Marseille. January 2005.

Goias Velho: Heritage and religion
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux in Paris-Bercy Village. April-June 2005.

Ordem e Progresso.
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the General Council of Bouches du Rhône at the Espace Ovoid in Marseille in September 2005.

 Ordem e Progresso.
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the AFAA in their premises in Paris from October to December 2005.   

Capital forgotten Belem, Manaus, Sao Luis
Exposure to the House of Latin America, Paris 1996;
At the Biennale de Lyon 1996; 
Then traveling in the major capitals of the states of Brazil. 

The park persevere in its being  on a text by Gilbert Lascault.
La Villette, Paris 1996.

Around the Dreyfus affair
Centre Georges Pompidou
Travelling exhibition in Paris and Rennes, 1994.

Penal Colonies in Guyana
Exhibition at the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Guyana, Cayenne and the Château d'If, 1994.

Music with eyes
Gérald Piltzer gallery, Paris, 1993.

Places of worship of the three religions of the single
Cultural Center of Nazareth
Travelling exhibition in Israel, 1991.

Cafes of the East
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris 1989.

Alexandria, Egypt
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris 1988. 
Travelling exhibition in Europe and Africa.

Paris Arabesques
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris 1988. 
Travelling exhibition in Europe and Africa with AFAA.

Steps of stairs
Musée Carnavalet, Paris 1987.
Travelling exhibition in Europe. 

Recent works of Oscar Niemeyer
French Institute of Architecture, Paris 1985.

Reflections architectures
French Institute of Architecture, Paris 1985.

Gallery Airport Orly, Paris 1985.


  • 1997 Winner "Villa Médicis" for photojournalism in the 5th centenary of Brazil.
  • 1993 Winner of FNAC "Eye Music" for pictures created music by Louis Sclavis, Jacques di Donato and Armand Angster.
  • 1990: Leonardo da Vinci Award for a photo report on Yemen, in collaboration with the poet Adonis.


  • Carnavalet Museum, Paris
  • The Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
  • The Library History of the City of Paris
  • The Library Heritage and National Centre of Fine Arts, Paris
  • The Musée de Rennes, France


Capital forgotten, Belem, Manaus, Sao Luis 
Text from Gilles Lapouge. 
HERME Editions, Paris, March 1996. 

Great Gallery of the Museum of Natural History

Under the direction of Dominique Bezombes
Editions du Moniteur, Paris, 1996.

Guyana, memory-traces of the penal colonies
Text from Patrick Chamoiseau
CNMHS Editions, Paris, 1994.

The female body
Polaroid SX70
Screws Vis International N ° 14, 1993

Carnavalet, vision on a museum
Texts of Lawrence Durrell, Gilbert Lascault, Bourgeade Pierre Michel Braudeau, Denyse Beaulieu, Irina Ionesco, François C. Diozyne and Anne Wade Minkowski. 
Editions Paris-Musées, Paris, 1991.

Surrealist Paris
Text Gérard-Georges Lemaire. 
Publisher Paris headliner, Paris, 1991.

The Oriental Cafes
Collective work. Edited by Gerard Georges Lemaire.
AFAA-Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1989.

Alexandria in Egypt, places the quartet of Alexandria
Preface Olivier Poivre 's d'Arvor, texts Lawrence Durrell.
Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1989.

Paris Arabesques, orientalistic architecture and arab scenery
Texts Marie-Jeanne Dumont. Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1988.

De marches en escaliers
Texts from Gilbert Lascault, Irina Ionesco and painter Corneille. Editions Paris-Musées, Paris, 1987

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