jean ber

Photographs

I am a press photographer who specializes in portraying personalities from the world of cinema and music. The newspapers with which I collaborated were: Libération, 7 in Paris, Première, Jazz magazine, etc ... I also worked for record companies (Sony music, Dreyfus Jazz) of publishing houses (Albin Michel). There are many books published on Gainsbourg, Michel Petrucciani, Dutronc, Bashung, in which my photos are published. The reasons why I had the privilege of meeting all these artists (briefly or continuously) are generally linked to a media event: for the release of a record, a film, a book, or any other The press services contact the magazines to organize interviews, which usually take place in the large hotels in which suites are reserved and where the journalists parade on one or more days ... When it was a question of making The "cover" of a newspaper, we often went to a photo studio rental superbly equipped with a slew of assistants ... more rarely, but it happened to me many times, when I sympathized with an artist and 'I liked my pictures, I went to his house or we decided to do a thematic photo shoot at a certain location after locating (and authorization) with hairdresser, makeup artist, assistant and many (too) mate And lighting, this reassures everyone; Sometimes it was intimate, without witnesses, just a box and a goal, minimalist technique but which often allowed them to "steal their soul" The relationship between photographer and model is complex: they are both suspicious and demanding and An interesting game of mirrors (between what they want to refer as an image of themselves and what I wanted to "take" them) but as Godard says, there are no right images, there is just images...

My reward is the chance that I have to meet all these exceptional beings, whether I admire them or not and it has no price !!!

Rencontres d'Arles 1984, agency VU The AIDS in Africa 1989, FNAC