Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Kevin Couliau aims to unearth stories illuminating sports' profound impact on individuals and societies.

Son of an architect and brother to a pro skateboarder, a youth immersed in creativity and a deep passion for basketball helped him develop a keen understanding of sociology and urban design that seamlessly integrates into the composition and substance of his photography and films.

An essential part of his work examines the significant impact of basketball courts on urban landscapes and communities, capturing the people, details, colors, and structures as genuine ecosystems in constant evolution, witnessing the use of these spaces as absolute territories, recreational fields, or refuges to escape the day-to-day reality.

In 2013, he directed and filmed the award-winning documentary Doin' It In The Park (Netflix, PBS, Sundance Channel), delving into the rich history, culture, and global influence of pick-up basketball in New York City. Since then, Kevin has been exploring and documenting the sport's culture in more than 60 countries, establishing himself as the game's global explorer while revealing its boundless reach and power through exhibitions and publications.

His ability to capture stills, motion, and craft compelling narratives enables him to undertake a diverse range of short and long-form projects, leading to collaborations with renowned international entities such as Nike, Apple, and Hennessy, as well as cultural icons like LeBron James, Billie Eilish, Kobe Bryant, and Barack Obama.

Additionally, he devotes time throughout the year to Giants Of Africa, a non-profit organization leveraging basketball to educate and enrich the lives of youth in Africa.

Books & Publications

”Blacktop Memento, fragments of erosion”
published by Asphalt Chronicles & Common Practice - 2022

“When Basketball Inspires” - 2021
published by Trajectoire Studio (featured artist)

“The City Game” - 2020
published by Rizzoli Electa & MCNY (contributor)

Asphalt Chronicles
#03 Paris - 2017
#02 Dakar - 2016
#01 Manila - 2014
published by Asphalt Chronicles


  • 2024
    "Giants of Africa"
    Commissioned by La Montgolfière, Paris
  • 2023
    "Heart of The City"
    commissioned by NYC Parks - The Arsenal Gallery, NYC
  • 2023
    "Remember The Why"
    commissioned by Adidas - Salt Lake City, USA
  • 2022
    ”Blacktop Memento”
    OFR bookstore - Paris, France
  • 2022
    ”House of Moves”
    commissioned by Hennessy - online
  • 2020
    ”The City Game”
    Museum of The City of New York
  • 2019
    commissioned by Trajectoire Studio - Paris, France.
  • 2018
    ”Sphere of Influence”
    commissioned by Jordan - Paris, France
  • 2017
    "Making Peace"
    commissioned by Making Peace - Toronto, Canada
  • 2017
    "Sphere of Influence"
    commissioned by the Mayor Office of Paris 9th district
  • 2017
    "Doin' It In The Park"
    Rush Art Gallery - New York City, USA
  • 2017
    commissioned by Game Seven - W4 st courts, NYC.

Doin' It In The Park

Official Poster

Theatrical Film Poster

In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

“You can play high school or college for four years.
You can play pro for a decade.
You can play pick-up … for life.”

Doin’ It In The Park lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks.

The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.

official website -
instagram - @doinitinthepark

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Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks.

Their creative journey began many years before starting the self-funded project though, with a deep desire for playing as well as taking photographs in the world’s Mecca for the outdoor sport.

In this episode, the filmmakers share what led them to document all the innovation that exists in the «City Game,» and the creativity that shines through the New Yorkers who religiously head to the schoolyard to call «Next!»

In Episode 2, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau share insight into how they created their self-funded documentary, including picking locations, dealing with the toll and danger that comes along with the streets of New York, and how the community, as well as their love for playing, helped them along the way!

The first-time filmmakers visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs, and traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks.

In Episode 3, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau discuss their approach towards the film’s music score, which includes songs by the Blackbyrds, Eddie Palmieri, The Roots, Jurassic 5, 20Syl (C2C/Hocus Pocus), and the Quantic Soul Orchestra.

The first-time filmmakers succeeded in providing a fresh and diverse soundscape, ranging from World to Jazz to Latin to Afro, incorporating indie acts like Tato Torres Y Yerbabuena as well as extremely well-known ones, including nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri.

«The film was made by a community of ballplayers,» says co-director Bobbito Garcia, who was the film’s music supervisor. «The score was made by a community of musicians, who were really supportive and showed us a lot of love.»

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In Episode 4, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau look back at the summer of 2012 screening schedule, where they shared their documentary at free outdoor venues throughout the U.S., in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston, as well as international cities like London, Milan, Barcelona, Geneva, Vienna, and Johannesburg. They met their goal to give back to the grassroots community that inspired the film, and by doing so expanded the film’s following immensely. Each event drew a bigger audience than the one previous!

By the end of the summer, the film was selected to the Urbanworld Film Festival 2012, and won the Audience Award For Best Feature Film! Tickets were sold out, and the theater was standing room only. UWFF added another showing by popular demand. The foundation of free outdoor screenings to the community leading up to this official World Premiere absolutely saw its positive dividends with the award.

«We gave the community a voice,» explains co-director Bobbito Garcia. «We opened up a curtain, and allowed them to speak.»

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