The “Wake Up in New York” series represents the personal and creative awakening of Pierre Belhassen. He knew from that moment that he was going to live with photography and nothing has changed since then. He continues wandering down the streets, mesmerized by the great glass buildings and carried away by the constant march of its inhabitants. Throughout his travels, Belhassen has strived to connect the real with the imaginary. In his photographs, the ordinary meets the dream in an open communication between the city and its visitors.

“At one point through their lives, most street photographers feel compelled to document the city’s exhilarating pulse and some of the world’s most iconic images were born in those streets. The photographer’s eye is constantly galvanized by the city’s powerful and vigorous rhythm. Here, I became a photographer 10 years ago.”



Pierre Belhassen is a Marseille-based French photographer and member of the collective “Agence Le Journal”. He considers himself as a photographer-author, and his photography not only documents reality, but also seeks to observe others by following his instinct. His aim is to work on a long-term project and tell his stories through photo-books, exhibitions and others mediums. Belhassen’s work has been published by M magazine for Leica photography, Courrier International, the photojournalistic review Epic Stories, LFI magazine among others. His work has been showed during Voies Off Arles 2016 and FotoIstanbul 2015 festival.