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Xavier Soule

Owner & President
VU’ Gallery, Vu’ Agency, Paris, France

Xavier Soule is the CEO of Abvent Group, which includes VU’ Gallery, the largest photography gallery in Paris, and the internationally awarded VU’ Agency, which represents photojournalists around the world.

For more than 30 years, Abvent has been a leading innovator within the digital revolution in the fields of architecture, imagery and design. In 1998, Soule decided to pursue his long-standing interests in imagery and photography by opening VU' Gallery and incorporating the famous VU' Agency into the Abvent Group. Soule began his career as an architect, and as his interest in digital solutions grew, he built one of the most innovative R&D companies dedicated to CAD, ArchViz and BIM technologies. Today, Abvent keeps on innovating with amazing technologies for VR and 3D immersion, offered in more than 108 countries.

Soule, who speaks both French and English, graduated as an Architect from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He also holds a PhD in History of Contemporary Art and a Master’s in Sciences and Techniques for Art Preservation. He is a board member of several professional organizations, including the Sorbonne School of Arts and the Auguste Perret Association. Most recently, he served as the dean of ESA (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture), the oldest school of architecture in France, from 2012-2013.

As a collector himself, Soule is interested in a wide array of photography. From art pieces to documentary reports, he is particularly interested in cutting-edge photojournalism and contemporary photography that offer innovative approaches to expand our visual understanding of the world, people and light.

Session Two

The International Meeting Place

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