Editions 2006, 2012

Jean-Christophe Béchet

Born in 1964 in Marseille. Lives and works in Paris.
ENSP 1988 Jean-Christophe Béchet is happy to switch from colour to black and white, or digital to film, or 24x36 to medium, choosing the format to suit the project. He works in the tradition of ‘street photography’, whether American, French or Japanese, and considers it important to stick with reality and the subjective, unposed document, in these days when everything (the art market, ‘image rights’, digital retouching) is nudging photographers towards staged photography. He seeks to avoid creating introverted series, preferring to capture something specifically photographic. With every book he publishes, he constructs a subjective approach in which his view of reality creates a dialogue with the specific nature of the medium he has chosen. The place of the individual in contemporary landscape, whether urban or rural, is what concerns him most. Work in progress is a study of his native city, Marseille and, at the same time, a series photographed in the mountains. His work has been exhibited extensively and has led to the publication of eight monographs. He is represented by the LWS gallery, Paris, and Les Douches gallery, Paris.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture