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Jonathan Barbot

Jonathan Barbot is a French photographer-author born in 1981 in Dordogne. After studying Visual Arts at the University of Bordeaux III, he embarked on photo reporting, traveled to Africa, America and discovered the journalistic universe. In 2003 he joined the ENS Louis Lumière in Paris. His graduation thesis: “The unphotographable landscape, Itinerary of an aesthetic experience” resurfaced his attraction for author photography. In the series The Quarry, devoted to a stone quarry exploited throughout the 20th century before being abandoned, then in the series The Manor, he is interested in the visual space that exists between the incessant construction work, of restoration, of decoration of the Human and that of the eternal movement - opposite - of Nature. The time scale is an essential element in his study because, in the short term, the Human seems to succeed in taming the materials and containing the elements; but over a longer period, Nature, with its own infinite endurance, ostensibly imposes its rhythm. The whole interest of this research lies in the residual energy of this friction. Jonathan Barbot's photographs point to the aura of the place to evoke a memory, stories, an imagination or just a formal harmony. The quarry is exhibited in the FNAC of France and Europe, then in the Dordogne. The manor obtained the “coup de cœur” mention from the Talent Exchange and a little later created the trigger in favor of architectural photography. In the meantime he became first assistant to fashion photographer Sophie Delaporte, then returned to live in Périgueux in 2009 to begin his freelance career. “What I like about architectural photography is this investigative work, studying this equation that has led to this, to this building or this interior like that, here, and not otherwise. What does it come out of? Links, knots, attractions, tensions, perspectives, debate what! Every day, every hour, every moment from the construction until after there is a dialogue between the work of the architect and the light, life on the site, the changing environment. The photographer's job is to find and show where the architect has succeeded in creating harmony. »

- Mention Coup de cœur from the 36th Talent Exchange for the Le manoir series, 2008. - 2004 Laureate of the Hope Prize from the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocation.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS - Périgueux Noir en Périgord Blanc, Heritage Days, gates of the Prefecture of Périgueux, 2017. - Périgueux in B&W and Lascaux II, on permanent display in the rooms and corridors of the Mercure hotel in Périgueux. - Restoration site of the church of Lanouaille, church of Lanouaille, 2016. - Under the sky, Périgueux, panoramic views of Périgueux, Tour Mataguerre, 2015. - The career, Odyssée Theater, Périgueux, 2009. - The career, Corgnac-sur-l'Isle, 2008. - The career, Fnac Les Halles gallery (2007), Fnac Strasbourg then programming in France and in Europe. - The Ivory Art, itinerant march in Ivory Coast, Périgueux, 2001. - The protected sector of Périgueux; The evolution of an urban construction site, twinned exhibitions for Heritage Days, Périgueux, 2000. GROUP EXHIBITIONS - Périgueux Noir in Périgord Blanc, Lardimalie cellar, Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac, 2017. - Panoramic views of Périgueux, 39 large format prints on permanent display at the Crédit Agricole Le Privilège agency in Périgueux, at the headquarters of Soyaux and Bergerac, June 2014. - “La Médiathèque de Bellac, From commission to production”, 10 prints 30x40 cm with the architect Nicolas Balmy-Atelier Spirale and the Communauté de Commune du Haut Limousin, 2013. - Ice floe, diasec print 90x55 cm participating in the exhibition Sans 90 ° by artist-scenographer-designer Mathias Kiss at the Galerie Armel Soyer, 75003 Paris, 2011. - Views of Angoulême, 12 prints 30x45 cm and 30x90 cm on permanent display at the main agency of Crédit Agricole d'Angoulême, 2011. - The roller coaster, 8 min long exposures during the day, collective work , prints and sound slide show at FEMIS, June 2005, at the Rencontres d'Arles, July 2005 and at the MEP (European House of Photography) on the occasion of the Month of Photography and the 80th anniversary of the ENS Louis Lumière, November 2006. - Le Mois de la Photo 2004, production of a gazette exhibited at the European House of Photography, 2004.