Born in 1946 in Slovenia, Evgen Bavčar gradually loses sight after two successive accidents at the age of 11. After several years of adaptation, he returned to the school system called “normal” and brilliantly continued his studies with other seeing students.
In 1972, he began a PhD at the Sorbonne University in Paris, in aesthetic philosophy. He graduated in 1976 and became a researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). In the 1980s, his photographic practice develops alongside his aesthetic researching activities so much he became the official photographer of the Month of Photography in Paris in 1988. In 1992 he published his autobiography, “The absolute voyeur”(Editions du Seuil (Paris)). In 2010, he was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa at the Institute of Critical Studies in Mexico; in 2011, he was appointed a second time Doctor Honoris Causa this time at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia). He is also the founder of the Invisible Laboratory at the Institute of Critical Studies in Mexico.
Today Evgen Bavčar divides his time between Paris and Lokavec (Slovenia) and continues to work through writing and photography on his favorite themes: conceptual photography, the visible and the invisible, the status of the icon in a world saturated by images, the links between the image and the word … His photographs have been exhibited from London to Moscow via Sao Paulo, Ghent, Berlin, Naples, Rio… His texts and his images have been published in numerous books and journals in a dozen languages.