17/05/11 Book/exhibition :
The Medical Art MODEL BOOK
Librairie-galerie Le Monte-en-l'air, 71 rue de Ménilmontant / 2 rue de la Mare 75020 Paris.
Vernissage on Friday, May 20th, from 19h.
Exhibition until June 7th 2011.
On the occasion of the publication of The Medical Art MODEL BOOK "(limited edition includes 60 previously unpublished photographs of models of the " medical art "), Romain Slocombe exhibits at the Monte-en-l'air a wide selection of his work from Its origins to our days.
Romain Slocombe bibliography
25/10/10 Exhibition :
Japanese Fantasies
Halle Saint-Pierre (Musée de L'Art Brut), 2 rue Ronsard, Paris 75018, France.
From October 25 to November 7, 2010. Vernissage on Thursday, October 28 from 18.30.
Exhibition of photographs, drawings, illustrations.
Film screenings (Kinbaku, A Floating World) on Sunday, November 7 from 14:30 in the auditorium of the Halle Saint Pierre.
Romain Slocombe bibliography
29/03/10 Book/exhibition :
"Sexy New York" at la Hune bookshop
Librairie La Hune, 170 bd Saint-Germain 75006 Paris, France. Informations : 01 45 48 35 85
To mark the release of his new novel "Sexy New York" (Fayard Editions) Romain Slocombe dresses the window of La Hune book shop where he will autograph his book Thursday 1 April from 19h.
Sexy New York (L'océan de la stérilité, Tome 2), Editions Fayard, Paris, 2010. ISBN: 2213631824
Romain Slocombe bibliography
18/12/07 Film:
French national release on february 13th 2007

Festivals and previews schedule:
. Rome Film Fest (Italy), official selection, out of competition, " surprise film " - oct. 2007 (www.romacinemafest.org)
. Sundance (USA), selection, out of competition - jan. 2008 (www.sundance.org/festival)
. Festival International de la bande dessinée (Angoulême, France), public previews on invitation - jan. 2008 (www.bdangouleme.com)
. Festival du film fantastique de Gerardmer (France), out of competition - jan. 2008 (www.gerardmer-fantasticart.com)
. International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands)- jan.-feb. 2008 (www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com)
. Festival Anima (Bruxelles, Belgium), opening festival - feb. 2008 (www.folioscope.awn.com)
. Paris, public previews (on invitation) - feb. 2008
. Bilbolbul, Festival internationale di fumetto, anteprima (Italy) - march 2008 (www.bilbolbul.net)

Peur(s) du noir, a film by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Jerry Kramski, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Michel Pirus and Romain Slocombe - art direction by Etienne Robial - produced by Valérie Schermann & Christophe Jankovic / Prima Linea Productions, with the support of the Centre National de la Cinématographie
Distribution: Diaphana - international sales: Celluloïd Dreams
Press relations: Robert Schlockoff & Valérie Chabrier.


23/11/05 Film:
Peur(s) du noir
Screening in 2008
This crazy and unusual project assembles 11 creators of the first rank — comic artists, illustrators and graphic artists. For the first time, these creators step over from the stillness of drawing to the movement of animation. They will tell us about their primeval fears. In Winter 2008 in the movie theaters, open the doors of their fears. And their fears shall become yours.

Peur(s) du noir, a film by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Dupuy-Berberian, Jerry Kramski, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Michel Pirus and Romain Slocombe - art direction by Etienne Robial - produced by Valérie Schermann & Christophe Jankovic / Prima Linea Productions, with the support of the Centre National de la Cinématographie
Distribution: Diaphana - international sales: Celluloïd Dreams
Press relations: Robert Schlockoff & Valérie Chabrier.


25/03/04 Book: La Japonaise de St. John's Wood
Love, war and photography
Editions Zulma, Paris, 2004
A veteran reporter from Vietnam, and a Japanese girl student fascinated by bondage. They live dangerously, they take photographs, until they meet... Romain Slocombe's last book, a "photonovel", mixture of romanticism and perversity, between London in 2003 and Saigon in 1966... Illustrated with 15 photographs taken by the author.
La Japonaise de St. John's Wood, Editions Zulma, Paris, 2004. ISBN: 2843042453. 15 €
12/11/03 Book/exhibition: Averse d'Automne
Halloween in Tokyo
Gallimard Editions, Série Noire, Paris, 2003
L'arbre à lettres, 2 rue E. Quenu (at the bottom of rue Mouffetard), 75005 Paris. Exhibition from November 17th. Booksign by R. Slocombe on Wednesday November 26th from 6.30 PM.
Gilbert Woodbrooke, the well-known British fetish photographer, arrives in Tokyo to meet the director of adult videos showing highschool girl students. In Shinjuku, mysterious skulls are found, bearing strange marks of violence - which upsets certain people of the right-wing. Young Japanese girls go berserk, while ghosts of a monstruous past reappear... Happy Halloween, mister Woodbroke !
This 3rd novel by Slocombe to be published in the famous Série Noire, will be celebrated by a booksign on Wednesday November 26th, at the bookshop L'Arbre à lettres Mouffetard, where photographs taken by the author in Japan will also be exhibited.
Averse d'automne, Gallimard Editions, Série Noire, ISBN: 2070429369, 506 pages, 12,50 Euros.

Book: Carnets du Japon
Japanese Wanderings
PUF editions, Paris, France, 2003
Published for the first time, these notebooks by Romain Slocombe assemble impressions and fragments of his travels - sketches, notes, portraits, diaries, memories -, from the Izu Islands to Shibuya's pavements, paced by schoolgirls in sailor uniform, and from Kabuki-chô's drunken nights, haunted by photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, to the wooded hills of Chiba, whose silent temples shelter luck-bringing huge white snakes...

Carnets du Japon, PUF Editions, Paris, France, ISBN 2130519792, Price 20 €


Exhibition: Tokyo Sugar Babies
Photography and erotism
Bookshop/Gallery La Musardine, 17 rue Neuve, 69001 Lyon, France, Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00 AM-1.00 PM, 2.00-7.00 PM. Tel. 04 72 98 83 36. Exhibition until January 20th, 2003.
To celebrate the publication of "Saké des brumes" and "Sugar Babies" , twenty-five Japanese girls, bound, bandaged, tattooed, or simply naked, have come to decorate the walls of La Musardine gallery - the best bookshop in Lyon, where you can at ease, sitting in an old-fashioned hairdresser's chair or standing on the polished wooden floor, leaf through literature, art, erotism, while listening to the music chosen by Francis, the likeable master of the place. Twenty five black and white photographic prints, 40 x 50 cm, numbered and signed by Romain Slocombe, and one of his paintings (acrylic on wood). Right in the center of Lyon, near the famous Place des Terreaux, an exhibition not to be missed !

Romain Slocombe bibliography


Book: Saké des Brumes
Suicide mission to Brussels
Le Poulpe N° 245, Editions Baleine, Le Seuil, Paris, France, 2002
Romain Slocombe takes his pen again, using the famous character named Le Poulpe (the "Octopus", a libertarian knight errant initially created by Jean-Bernard Pouy) to investigate the recent rise of the fascist beast in Europe, while unveiling the last mysteries of the Pacific War and the secrets of the Kamikaze pilots. The fattest Poulpe ever (532 pages !), and an intensely personal novel, mixing fetishism and modern art, S & M perversions and tales of air combats, Belgian serial killers and letters from young Japanese girls in love... A thriller of a new type, to be enjoyed of course with a pint of trappist beer ! And let's not forget the superb cover illustration by Miles Hyman...

Saké des Brumes, Le Poulpe N° 245, Editions Baleine, Le Seuil, Paris, France, 2002, 532 pages, ISBN 2842194055, Price 10


Book: Sugar Babies
Sweets with Cyanide
Editions Zulma, Paris, France, 2002
"Although the image of the young girl is attractive in the extreme, its reality has a bitter taste. This is not to be regretted. Best sweets are filled with cyanide." In order to illustrate this collection of his texts and diaries, in which cynicism is restrained by a humorous and bitter self-derision, essayist and philosopher Roland Jaccard chose the photographs by Romain Slocombe, the artist most able, according to him, of reproducing the Japanese highschool students' ambiguity and suggesting the delicate perversities they induce in men weak enough to fall in love with them... A book illustrated with 21 delightful "Sugar Babies", to be enjoyed at the terrace of the Café de Flore, while sipping a hot chocolate.

Sugar Babies, Editions Zulma, Paris, France, 2002, Text by Roland Jaccard, Photographs by Romain Slocombe, ISBN 2843042291, illustrated book, softcover, 15
Romain Slocombe portfolio


Film/Short story: Kinbaku, Route 40
The highway and the forest
"Route 40", short story published by Le Monde (dated August 2002, Sunday 4th/Monday 5th)
In 1996, Romain Slocombe recorded on video a mysterious S & M photo session in a forest on the slopes of Mount Fuji. In 2001, with Pierre Tasso he edited those images under the title : "Kinbaku, the Forest of Blue Trees". The film was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Movie Festival, and received the jury's special mention at the Paris Fetish Film Festival. Romain Slocombe's short story "Route 40", published by Le Monde (dated August, Sunday 4th/Monday 5th)

"Kinbaku, la forêt des arbres bleus" : It is now possible to download that 26 minutes film
"Route 40" : can be read on the newspaper's website (welcome page : click on été 2002)
Romain Slocombe portfolio


Books, exhibitions performance: Phuong-Dinh Express, L'Homme élégant
In May do it if you feel like it
Les Subsistances, 8 bis Quai Saint-Vincent, 69001 Lyon, France, tel. 33 (0)4 7839 1002, e-mail : subsistances@mairie-lyon.fr, from May 3rd to May 20th, 2002.
Michel Vidal Gallery, 3 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris, tel: 33 (0)1 4634 6988, from May 17th to May 25th, 2002, open Tuesday to Saturday, from 2.30 to 6.30 PM.

Les Subsistances, new cultural space in Lyon, welcomes Romain Slocombe, for the event Body Limits, among its resident artists. On May 3rd, group exhibition of photographs on the theme of human body. On May 11th, performance by Slocombe : "Crash / Bodyscape", with the dancer Yoko Higashi, and showing of his movies "La femme de plâtre" and "Kinbaku" (co-directed with Pierre Tasso). Always in May, for the publication of "L'homme éˇléˇgant" written by Roland Jaccard and illustrated by Romain, Slocombe, and the reprinting of his first book "Phong-Dihn Express", he will also show pictures and many new drawings at the Michel Vidal Gallery.

Romain Slocombe portfolio
Romain Slocombe bibliography

3/11/01 Book/Exhibitions: Crashscape
Three exhibitions and a book
CBO Editions, 33bis rue Ernest Renan, 60140 Liancourt, France Bookshop-gallery Un Regard Moderne, 10 rue Gît-le-Coeur, 75006 Paris, tel. (+33) 01 43 29 13 93, exhibition from November 5th to Decembre 1st, Monday to Saturday 11.00 AM - 8.00 PM Photogaleria LaRoca, Arroka 3 bajo, 20006 San Sebastián-Donostia, Espana, tel. (+34) 943 47 20 42, exhibition from November 2nd to 30th, 11.00 AM - 2.00 PM and 4.30 - 8.30 PM Gallery Thomas Ehrngren, Luntmakargatan 74, S-11351 Stockholm, Sweden, tel. (+46) 8645 4275, exhibition from November 2001, 1st to 25th, Friday to Saturday 12:00 AM - 16:00 PM
To celebrate the coming out of his new book "Crashscape" printed in silkscreen by CBO Editions - alternating drawings and photography in this superb album which could be the collision between JG Ballard and Andy Warhol on the motorways of contemporary art - , Romain Slocombe exhibits drawings, silkscreens, paintings and photos simultaneously all over Europe.
The injured Japanese girls are definitely enjoying the best of health !

Crashscape, CBO Editions, France, 2001,120 copies in silkscreen, numbered and signed, 225 F

4/06/01 Book, exhibition: Brume de printemps (Spring mist)
The longest Serie Noire
Gallimard Editions, Collection Sˇrie Noire, Paris, France, 2001 Photographs by Romain Slocombe, Avivson gallery, 5 rue Debelleyme, Paris 75014, from june 12th to 20th, 2.00 PM to 7.00 PM, closed sunday and monday.
Romain Slocombe is back in the Séˇrie Noire, less than a year after his "Japanese Summer". This time, his blundering hero Gilbert Woodbrooke re-visits the islands of the Rising Sun just when terrorists belonging to the Aum sect are preparing the sarin gas attack in the Tokyo metro. Meanwhile, the Nipponese gangsters have decided to draw their swords again... Woodbrooke plus yakuzas plus Aum : the collision, in a Japan on the verge of nervous breakdown, could be no less than apocalyptic ! And this novel, 712 pages, is the longest ever published in the mythical collection Serie Noire. An exhibition of Slocombe's photos at the Avivson gallery in Paris, comes with the launching of the book.
Brume de printemps, Gallimard Editions , Collection Séˇrie Noire, Paris, France, 2001, 712 pages, 50 FF, ISBN 207049974X
23/05/01 Exhibition, book: Tokyo Sex Underground
Tokyo vertigo
Spitz gallery, 109 Commercial Street (Spitalfields Market), London E1, from May 25th to June 8th, open Wednesday to Friday, and Sunday, 12.00 AM to 17.00 PM, or oappointment : tel. 44 (0)207 392 9032.
After Bologna in Italy, Romain Slocombe moves to London with an exhibition of 20 original prints, signed and numbered, 40 x 50 cm format, selected among the photographs of his new book "Tokyo Sex Underground" published this spring by Creation Books. One can discover there the "Floating World", the beauty of young women, and the throbbing heart of Tokyo nights. At the same publisher's, the book "Tokyo Vertigo", where Slocombe illustrates with his photographs the texts of Stephen Barber, another wanderer of the Japanese capital.
Tokyo Sex Underground, Creation Books
Tokyo Vertigo,
Creation Books
Romain Slocombe
9/05/01 Exhibition, performance: The injured Japanese
Bookshop-gallery Mondo Bizzarro, Via Alessandrini 7, 40126 Bologna tel. 051-247-349. Exhibition from May 5th to June 7th, 2001. Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, entrance place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France. Les Revues parlˇes, "De blanc cassˇ à noir total", Friday June 1st, 7.00 PM.
Romain Slocombe has his first Italian exhibition, in a high place of strange art, cult comics, and underground cinema : the bookshop-gallery Mondo Bizzarro, in Bologna. There he exhibits for 5 weeks 27 unpublished prints, 40 x 50 cm size, in black and white, all of them recent portraits of mysterious hospitalized or convalescing Asian girls, photographed in Paris and Japan. Mondo Bizzarro Press publishes on this occasion a superb catalogue, with an introduction by writer and critic Roland Jaccard. Around this medical and fantasmatic universe, the "Revues parlées" (spoken reviews) of the Centre Pompidou also welcome Slocombe, on June 1st, during one of the 3 "Mauvais genre" evenings organised by the France Culture radio program. On the theme "From off-white to total black", will be shown the short film "La Femme de plâtre" by Romain Slocombe and Pierre Tasso, "Kega shita jôshi daisei" filmed in Tokyo in 1993, and the performance "Partita pour une violoniste accidentée".
Romain Slocombe
28/03/01 Film: “Kinbaku, the Forest of Blue Trees”
Paris Film Festival
Le Gaumont Marignan Theatre, 27-33 avenue des Champs-Elysees, 75008 Paris, France, Tel: 01 43 59 92, from March 27th to April 3rd, 2001
Romain Slocombe and Pierre Tasso’s most recent film, “Kinbaku, the Forest of Blue Trees”, screened off competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in February 2001, was awarded the Special Mention of the Jury at the Paris Fetish Film Festival. Their previous short film, “Week-end in Tokyo”, after being awarded several prizes in European Festivals, is currently screened, off competition, at the Paris Film Festival.
see excerpts
25/01/01 Short film: Festival Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand short film festival (France), from January 26th to February 3rd, 2001. "Dans la peau" Gallery, 6 place du Mazet, Clermont-Ferrand, from January 27th to March 31st, 2001, open daily from 3 pm to 6 pm.
This year the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival welcomes Romain Slocombe as member of the national jury after having given him two awards last year for "Week-end in Tokyo". On this occasion, the "Dans la peau" gallery presents an exhibition of Slocombe's photos and paintings. Also, two films he co-directed with Pierre Tasso will be shown, as part of a retrospective of the fetichist film: "Kinbaku, the forest of blue trees" and "the Woman of Plaster".
19/10/00 Exhibition: Poitiers
Japan according to...
Maison des Architectes, 1 rue de la Tranchée, 86000 Poitiers, France, from November 6th to 30th, 2000, from tuesday to sunday, 14h-19h.
For this exhibition, Romain Slocombe presents more than twenty original drawings and paintings, and a serie of photographies about his favorite themes: Japan and medical world.
Romain Slocombe portfolio
27/09/00 Film: A floating World
Screening of a film about Japanese photographer Araki
Araki exhibition at Gallery Damasquine in Brussels (Belgium) from October 6th to 18 November 18th, 2000. Screening of the film during the whole time of the exhibition.
Gallery Damasquine in Brussels seizes the opportunity of photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s first exhibition in Belgium to present the film Romain Slocombe directed in 1995 about the Japanese artist of sulfurous reputation. Screened during the International Photography Encounters festival of Arles that same year, this documentary provoked commentaries and controversies just like Araki’s universe did.

Production: International Encounters of Photography, Arles | Direction: Romain Slocombe | Length: 60 mn
With: Nobuyoshi Araki, Masaaki Toyoura, Yamato Noda, Yuki Kobayashi, Misa Nishimura
Romain Slocombe portfolio

13/09/00 Book: Un été japonais
A burning hot Japanese summer
Série Noire, Gallimard, France, 2000
Slocombe’s hero, Gilbert Woodbrooke, is a British photographer and a fetishist of Asian beauties in uniform. His fantasies often bring him to Tokyo, where he unintentionally comes up against the Japanese right-wing mafia. Woodbrooke the blunderer will of course put his foot in it, during this burning Japanese summer which inexorably turns into a complete disaster.

Un été japonais, Editions Gallimard, Collection Série Noire, Paris, France, 2000, 45 FF, ISBN 207049960
Romain Slocombe

12/05/00 Short movie: Week-end à Tokyo
Week-end à Tokyo screened at Cannes
La nuit la plus courte, Espace Miramar, Cannes, France, 2000, tuesday May 16th, 2000 at 0.30 AM (Projection of Week-end à Tokyo wednesday morning May 17th at 5.30 AM)
Romain Slocombe’s “Week-end à Tokyo” just received a new prize, the “Golden Euro” for the best short movie at the Mons Festival (Belgium).
This successful short movie is also shown at the Cannes Festival, during the “Shortest Night” (La nuit la plus courte).
Organisation: La semaine internationale de la critique and Canal +
Co-production Ex Nihilo and Canal + France, 22’. With Mayuko Kure, Etienne Barral | French voices: Natsuko Kida, Bernard Amiard.
Script and direction: Romain Slocombe, co-direction: Pierre Tasso.
25/02/00 Book: Y + Y
A little white book for first-time color photographs
Etude et Promotion de l’Art Contemporain, 70 rue Paul Doumer, 76600 Le Havre, France,
Tél: 33 (0)2 35 22 64 85

Inserted between a cover made of white tile and a sticking plaster binding, Romain Slocombe’s new book should fulfil the desires of “medical art” lovers; the 30 color photographs, pasted by hand, offer this time a kaleidoscope of everyday Tokyo. A short story signed by Gilbert Woodbrooke (a pseudonym ?) encloses those images recently shot by Slocombe in Japan.
Y + Y, Etude & Promotion de l’Art Contemporain & Romain Slocombe, Le Havre, France, 2000, 75 copies signed and numbered: 200 FF + 25 limited edition (inserted in a cardboard red-cross frame): 400 FF, constituting the original print run.
14/02/00 Film: Week-end à Tokyo
2 awards for Week-end à Tokyo !
Clermont-Ferrand (France) short-movie Festival, from 2000 february 4th to 12th.
Broadcasted on Canal + France in the program Micro-Ciné, 2000 february 12th, 10.10 pm.

The jury of the Clermont-Ferrand short-film festival awarded two prizes to Romain Slocombe for Week-end à Tokyo: he receives, with his co-director Pierre Tasso, the prize for Research which awards the most innovative short-movie in its writing and technique, and (ex-aequo) the prize for the most creative soundtrack (among 61 films in the national competition). We are expecting Slocombe’s next film (this time a full-length one) with impatience...
After La Femme de plâtre (15’) broadcasted on Canal + in 1999, the short-movie Week-end à Tokyo, shot with a light video camera in Tokyo in december 1998, relates with humor and tenderness a cultural misunderstanding between a naive Japanese provincial girl and a common French womanizer: the final looser in the story won’t be the character one expected...
Co-production Ex Nihilo and Canal + France, 22’, with Mayuko Kure, Etienne Barral | French voices: Natsuko Kida, Bernard Amiard.
Scenario and direction: Romain Slocombe, co-directed by Pierre Tasso