Born in 1960 in Montreal. Lives and works in Montreal.
Since the mid 1980s, photographer Alain Paiement has shown internationally, making his mark in contemporary photography through a sustained exploration of the medium’s spatial deployment, depiction of architecture and construction of sight. In 1992, Paiement was the first Quebecer to show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in the exhibition “Power of the City/City of Power.” Subsequently his work has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Darling Foundry. Two main bodies of work organize Paiement’s production to date: photosculptures (1986–2000) and mappings (1996–2012). He is perhaps best known for his elaborate aerial views of various domestic and work spaces. His most recent photographs are opening up to more specific considerations of time and transience. Paiement was the 2002 winner of the Prix Louis-Comtois presented by the City of Montréal in conjunction with the Association des galeries d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Award.