Julien GERARD

Series

Change Face I scarifications and tattoos

Series of 2 photographs

SOUFFLE - Benin from the sky

Series of 1 photography

Benin

Series of 6 photographs

Breath - Kenya from sky

Series of 3 photographs

The stars of Morocco

Series of 5 photographs

Dating & Places

Series of 52 photographs

Born in 1980 in Strasbourg, I was in a first life Marin-Fireman Marseille and ambulance in the private and the SAMU. From this period, I remained the taste of others and the need to share. Self-taught, photography comes into my life at the age of 12, my uncle teaches me the basics and regularly lends me his Olympus OM 10 (film). I then take my first steps. In 2008, passionate, I make photography my job, my career is launched. I begin a trip around the world, then I realize photographs for the French institutions abroad and for personal, projects having for subject the human being. I take the time to immerse myself in places and people I photograph. Attached to my meetings I regularly return to see them to pay tribute and offer the portraits made. In 2009, I went to Benin to answer a photo order. I have since, intimately linked with this country. Every year I go back there and in 2012, I go around the country by motorbike, about 3 000 km. In April 2017, I moved there for 2 years. I now live in Nice and visit me regularly in Benin and other countries. For the needs of a client I invest in a drone. At first reluctant, to use it in my personal projects, I quickly discover the advantages of these devices including the flight at very low altitude which opens new angles of shooting. The idea of a book on Benin then makes its way. It is in 2019 that the book "SOUFFLE, Benin seen from the sky" is self-published. Given the success of the book, 780 copies pre-sold, I undertake to found the MIWA editions to realize my next books but also publish other photographers.

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