This choice of some images throughout the extent of Bernard Descamps’ work can simply be seen as a compilation of my preferences.

A choice for fun.

Bernard was generous to let me constitute this set and proposed to name it essential, according to the title of one of his favorite records: The Essential Bob Dylan.

But I hope it can also come out a more abstract idea of the essential.
An illustration of this mysterious relationship between photography and reality, between the fixed image and what has been seen, framed, chosen, extracted from the flow of consciousness that crosses us every second.

A kind of essence of the gaze, slowly distilled with talent and passion.

Didier Brousse


Book drawn in 300 copies

Galerie Camera Obscura
Hors Collection
230 x 330
Relié couverture cartonnée
32 photos duotone
64 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-599-9
The original edition is made up of three hundred copies and a thirty copy accompanied by an original draw* in 23 x 30 cm format, numbered and signed by Bernard Descamps.
  • Essentiel
    Photo #1
  • Essentiel
    Photo #2

Bernard Descamps


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.