About Valerie Morignat
Valerie Morignat

Valerie Morignat, PhD, is an award-winning underwater photographer, a VR director, and a tenured Associate Professor based in San Francisco, USA.

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Valerie Morignat

PhD, Futurist & Photographer
As a Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Arts in France, I predicted many developments of our digital future.
Today, I am a Photographer, an AI Strategist and Chief Innovation Officer based in San Francisco.
My work has been exhibited worldwide and is frequently awarded in international contests.


The grace and elegance that exudes from these photographs is intoxicating.
Valerie's artwork has been internationally displayed and praised, and judging by these underwater photos, will continue to be for quite some time. [Trendhunter]

Valerie Morignat received multiple prestigious international photography awards, such as the Arte Laguna Prize, the International Photography Awards, or the Sony World Photography Award. Her underwater photography was featured in industry publications, acquired by national museums, and consistently attracts public praise.

Morignat’s talent for visual storytelling is fueled by a sense of epic and an insatiable pursuit of the world's majestic beauty. Her underwater photographic reveries are impregnated with references to art history, mythology, literature, video games, and cinema. Angels, avatars, allegoric figures and divinities levitate in surreal spaces, immersing viewers in alternate worlds.

Valerie Morignat's photography reveals a unique and powerful creative vision that radically sets her work apart in the photography world.


Permanently based in San Francisco, Valerie Morignat was born in the French island of New Caledonia. Her passion for the arts and humanities guided her steps to Paris, where she graduated with a Ph.D. in Arts and Art Sciences from the Sorbonne University. Her doctoral thesis developed a unique analysis of Leonardo Da Vinci's creative processes and a visionary theory of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

After teaching a decade as a Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Arts at the University of Montpellier III, Valerie embarked on an academic leave in Asia-Pacific, to devise digital-first strategies for organizations and lead a high-end photography studio. Her underwater photography work won multiple prestigious international industry awards, and has been described as influential in the fine art underwater photography arena.
Today, Valerie Morignat resides in San Francisco where she is an independant AI Strategist and the Chief Innovation Officer of Soar, a technology startup centered on human development.



My favorite task

Immersion In Virtuo

Valerie Morignat led cutting-edge interactive experiences changing the face of the healthcare industry – from empathy-building VR/AR/MR experiences, to haptic pipeline explorations, eDetailing apps, B2B/B2C websites, multitouch interfaces, and +.

Just ride your way

The Avatar Masterclass

Avatar cristallise les contradictions du monde contemporain. Promesse de retour à une nature terrestre détruite par l’humanité, la planète Pandora est façonnée par les signes du paradis perdu et le culte d’un monde artificiel où la technologie devient promesse de résurrection.

My friends are awesome

Leonardo Unveiled

Valerie Morignat published a thought-provoking analysis of the Leonardo Da Vinci disappeared mural "The Battle of Anghiari". Her research work was inspired by a discovery she made while creating a lifesize charcoal anamorphosis of the famous mural.

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The Transmedia Revolution

A enthuasistic futurist, Valerie Morignat regularly give talks about AI, VR/AR, transmedia storytelling, cinema, and the upcoming realities. She is also regularly invited as a TV and radio broadcasting guest speaker.