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Biography of Guy Le Querrec

Le Querrec Portrait

  • Biography

    Breton Guy Le Querrec, born on May 12th 1941 in Paris, began to take photographs at the age of 14. He bought his first Leica IIIG from the salary he had earned working at an insurance company. At the age of 26, he took his first step to become a professional photographer being employed at Paris-based advertising agency “Atelier 3”. From 1969, he travelled the francophone sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghrib for the “Jeune Afrique” periodical on a regular basis.
    1971 saw Le Querrec join “Vu” agency, who founded “Viva” agency in the following year – he quitted “Viva” in 1975, however. At that time, he produced series like “Families in France” (1973), Portugal and the Carnation Revolution” (1974-75) and “The French on holidays” (1976).
    Le Querrec joined “Magnum” in 1976 and was elected full member in 1977. His contributions then encompassed Parisian “Concert Mayol” (1979) and the “Big Foot Memorial Ride” in South Dakota (1990) as well as long-term engagements in China (1984-1989) and many African countries (1984-1998).
    Multiple visits at the Elysée Palace between 1977 and 1985, which took place in cooperation with sculptor Daniel Druet, resulted in late former French president Mitterand being portrayed by Le Querrec. One shot originating from this portrait sittings eventually found its way into the 1999 selection “The 100 most important photos of the century” and Le Querrec was awarded the “Grand Prix de la ville de Paris”.

    One of the artist’s main sources of inspiration not only to his life, but also of his artistic work is music, and Jazz in particular. This passion led him to the creation of two performances at “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles”, one being “De l’eau dans le jazz”, the other “Jazz comme une image”. The second show was designed by the artist as a slideshow of his photos, projected on a giant screen to act as a score for ad-lib music sessions. Subsequently, “Jazz comme une image” was exhibited in several Metro stations in Paris during five-week “Banlieues Bleues” festival.
    Raymond Depardon, art director of “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles” 2006, selected Le Querrec as one of his “fellow travelers”. Le Querrec’s “L’œil de l’éléphant“ and “Root africaine“ have been touring through many European countries.
    Apart from his profession as a photographer, Le Querrec has been holding lectures at educational institutions in France and abroad (e.g. Switzerland, Senegal, Mongolia, England and Canada).

  • Publications
    2011 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
    2009 Le Siècle du jazz. Skira Flammarion
    Géométrie de l’instant. Creaphis
    2006 D’Jazz à Nevers Guy Le Querrec : chemins croisés. l’Armançon
    2005 Chronatoscaphe Nato
    African Flashback, Label Bleu
    2002 Minneapolis We Insist, Universal Jazz
    2001 Minneapolis, Universal Jazz
    Jazz Light and Day, Motta
    2000 Sur la piste de Big Foot, Textuel
    1999 Suite Africaine/ Carnet de Routes, Label Bleu
    1997 François Mitterrand, des temps de poses à l’Elysée, Marval
    1996 Jazz de J à ZZ, Marval
    1995 Carnet de routes, Label Bleu
    1994 Portraits de mots, Alphagram/Bordas
    1993 Jazz comme une image, Banlieues Bleues, Scandéditions
    1991 Musicales, Trois Cailloux, Amiens
    1988 Tête à tête, Daniel Druet sculpteur, Carrère
    1979 Portugal 1974-1975. Regards sur une tentative de pouvoir populaire, Hier et demain
    1977 Quelque part, Contrejour, Préface de Roméo Martinez et Arnaud Claas
  • Shows
    2012 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, KSH, Freiburg
    2011 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, DAI Tübingen
    ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Galerie °CLAIR, Munich
    2009 Corigliano Calabro Fotografia, Italy
    Le Siècle du jazz, Italy, France, Spain
    2008 Biennale de la Photographie, Moscow, Russia
    2006 Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France
    2005 Musée du Septennat, Château-Chinon, France
    Base sousmarine, Bordeaux, France
    2003 Rencontres internationales de D’Jazz de Nevers, France
    2002 Centro de la Imagen, Braga, Portugal
    Hermès, New York City, USA
    2001 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
    2000 International Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria
    1999 Hillside Forum Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
    1997 Maison Robert Doisneau, Gentilly, France
    1996 Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France
    1993 Espace photographique de Paris, France
    1991 Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
    French Cultural Centers in Germany and Eastern Europe
    1990 Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie In Port Expos, Le Port, Réunion
    1978 Galerie municipale du Château d’eau de Toulouse, France