Jean Ber

Photographs

I am a press photographer and specialize in portraying personalities from the world of cinema and music. The newspapers with which I have collaborated are: Liberation, 7 à Paris, Première, Jazz magazine, etc ... I have also worked for record companies (Sony music, Dreyfus Jazz) publishing houses (Albin Michel) He There are many books published on Gainsbourg, Michel Petrucciani, Dutronc, Bashung, in which my photos are published. The reasons why I had the privilege of meeting all these artists (briefly or in a continuous manner) are generally linked to a media event: for the release of a record, a film, a book, or all Another artistic event, the press services contact magazines to organize interviews which generally take place in large hotels in which suites are reserved and where journalists parade over one or more days ... the "cover" of a newspaper, we often went to a superbly equipped rental photo studio with a slew of assistants ... more rarely, but it happened to me many times, when I sympathized with an artist and 'he appreciated my images ,, I went to his place or we decided to do a thematic photo shoot in such and such a place after scouting (and authorization) with hairdresser, makeup artist, assistant and a lot (too) of shooting equipment and lightning age, that reassures everyone; sometimes it was intimate, without witnesses, just a camera and a lens, minimalist technique but which often allowed them to "steal their soul" The relationship of photographer to model is complex: they are both suspicious and demanding and it is an interesting game of mirrors (between what they wish to send back as an image of themselves and what I wanted to "take" from them) but as Godard says, there are no correct images, there are just images...

My reward is the chance I have to meet all these exceptional people, whether I admire them or not and that is priceless !!!

Rencontres d'Arles 1984, agency VU AIDS in Africa 1989, FNAC Tribute to Michel Petrucciani 2019/2020