For fifty years, Bernard Descamps has explored photography in all its states, from the report to the landscape and the portrait, from black and white to color. A tireless traveler, Descamps went to many countries, meeting populations and their customs (Mali, India, Japan, China, Vietnam, Madagascar, Morocco, etc.).
However, he offers a travel photograph which is mainly that of the inner travel: its images, images, whose purity often approaches abstraction, “do not describe objects or events” but “would like to reveal tiny fragments time “in its own terms.
Born in Paris in 1947.
PhD in Biology, he became a photographer in the early 1970s.
He is now represented by the Camera Obscura Gallery and was one of the founding photographers of Agence VU in 1985. He works mainly on the choice of framing in the shot, in square format, going against Of the “academic” rules of composition. His main works are in black and white, notably on Africa. He captures those moments when reality is mingled with his imagination. He exhibited with André Kertesz (his “master”), at the Leverkusen Museum in 1976 … Publications at Filigranes editions: Autoportrait, Où sont passés nos rêves ?. Ici même, Quelques Afriques, Lady Land, Silences, Evening Land, Japon, Berbère, Le don du fleuve.
Au-delà des apparences
Où sont passés nos rêves ?
Hervé Le Goff
Le don du fleuve
Héloïse Conésa is heritage curator at the National Library of France, in charge of the contemporary photography collection. Photography historian, her university research has more precisely focused on contemporary Spanish photography. She was a commissioner of exhibitions see the video work of Robert Cahen (Mamcs, 2013). With Raphaële Bertho, she is a commissioner of the French landscape exhibition: a photographic adventure (1984-2017), presented at BNF in the fall of 2017.