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Julien GERARD

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Born in 1980 in Strasbourg, I was first a fireman in Marseille and then an ambulance driver in the private sector and at the SAMU. From this period, I still have the taste for others and the need to share. Self-taught, photography entered my life at the age of 12, my uncle taught me the basics and regularly lent me his Olympus OM 10 (silver). I took my first steps.

In 2008, passionate, I make photography my job, my career is launched. I begin a journey through the world, I realize then photographs for the French institutions of the foreigner and on a purely personal basis, projects having for subject the human being. I take the time to immerse myself in the places and people I photograph. Attached to my encounters, I regularly return to see them in order to pay tribute to them and to offer the portraits I have taken.

In 2009, I go to Benin to answer a photo order. Since then, I am intimately linked with this country. Every year I go back and in 2012, I make the tour of the country by motorcycle, about 3,000 km. In April 2017, I moved there for 2 years. I now live in Nice and travel very regularly to Benin and other countries.

For the needs of a client I invest in a drone. At first reluctant to use it for my personal projects, I quickly discovered the advantages of these devices, especially the very low altitude flight which opens new angles of shots. The idea of a book on Benin then made its way.

It is in 2019 that the book " SOUFFLE, le Bénin vu du ciel " is self-published. Given the success of the book, 780 copies pre-sold, I undertake to found the MIWA editions in order to realize my next works but also to publish other photographers.

Book :
- BREATH, Benin from the sky, available since January 2019.

Exhibitions:
- Ganvié, lake city of Benin, Bellème Photo Festival from June 7 to September 2, 2019,
- Africa Photo Festival New York from 26 to 28 September 2019,
- BLOW, Benin seen from the sky, Guesthousse Maison Rouge in Cotonou from December 12 to 19, 2019.