After a degree in Portuguese, a certificate of cinematographic studies and a practical apprenticeship in the audio-visual laboratory directed by Jean Rouch at EPHE, he obtained his master's degree with the production of an ethnological film about the work of the last master sonnailleur of Portugal. Passionate about ethnology, he will also take classes at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris and seminars organized by Robert Jaulin in the framework of the EBU Ethnology and Anthropology of Paris VII. In 1982, he studied at Muséographie as part of the Ecomusée du Creusot, with a specialization on the ethnography of the working class related to the history of the industrial heritage. Following this training, he will be admitted to the competition allowing the inscription on the list of aptitude to the functions of curator of museum (direction of the museums of France, ministry of the culture) Winner of the endowment Kodak Grands reportsages, he starts a a series of trips outside Europe, then, sent to Brazzaville for cooperation, he is the head of audio-visual at the French Cultural Center where he produces a multimedia documentary on Poto-Poto Painters . Then, back in Paris, alongside a professional work as a slide show director for a large company, he studied the possibilities of the photographic sequence as visual writing. From 1974 to 1978 he participated in the documentary adventure in Super 8 sound with a Beaulieu as part of a film workshop he directs. From 1982 to 1985 he worked as a director at the Roannais Ecomuseum in Super 8 and 16 mm. with the technical support of the Cinémathèque de Saint-Etienne.D In 1985 he obtained his DEA in Byzantine Art (EPHE Paris and Lyon II) From 1990 to 2000 he teaches Aesthetics of Photography within the framework of the UFR of Letters at the Stendhal University of Grenoble Currently he divides his time between photography and documentary cinema, the Drôme where he resides and India where he realizes numerous reports and documentary films. Author of about forty books of photographs, his images are often accompanied by texts written by his wife Anne da Costa. Many exhibitions reflect this common work. He is a member of Gamma -Rapho, Scope and Bios agencies.
Award winner Kodak Grands Reportages 1969 "The song of the Altiplano" (Journey in the Cordillera Andes and the Galapagos Islands) 1977 "Patmos, the island of the seven secrets" (Dodecanese, Greece) Prix de l'Alpe 1991 for the book "Alpes du Soleil"
COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 1969 to 1971 - Comparisons and Salon Grands and Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui (Paris, Grand Palais) 1971 French Cultural Center of Brazzaville 1998 - Biennial of Evian 2000 Photo Alpina in Sallanches 2005 Traces of images Romans-sur- Isère 2006 Inks and Lights The meetings of the photo Chabeuil 2006 Oct -Nov 2006 Free! Free? Grenoble House of Photography October 2010 Chemin des Peintres Hostun Drôme 2013 Biennale Windows on Combe Laval, acquisition of two works: The Comboscope and the Quadriscope PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS 1983 - Tiles and ornaments. (black and white photographs processed by toning processes in the tones of the photographed objects, tiles and ridge ornaments made in the tileries of the region of Mably - Briennon) Ecomusée du Roannais (Roanne) 1984 Exhibition of icons Château d'Alba (Ardèche) 1985 - Architectural heritage of Roanne and the Reins Valley (Roanne) 1987 - Funny weft (photographs concerning textile activities in the Roanne region) City of Science and Industry of La Villette - Paris 1987 - Patmos Castle of Alba (Ardèche) 1990 - Flora of the Vercors (Corrençon en Vercors) Valencia, gallery SEMA 1991 - The Vercors (Autrans, Villard de Lans) Alps of the Sun (Atmosphere Space, Barcelonnette) Crafts of art in Rhône Alpes (Atelier Geppeto , Die) MJC l'Orgère (Rives 38) Library (Saint-Jean-en-Royans) Hewlett Packard (Grenoble) 1992 - Tourist Office (Allevard) Grand-Place Media Library (Grenoble) 1993- Living Center of Contemporary Art ( BOY WUT rignan) 1994 - The Ideal Palace of the Cheval Factor (General Council of the Drôme Valence) Campus on the Garden side (University Campus of Grenoble) 1994 - 95 - Image picker (Nicéphore Niépce Museum Chalon-sur-Saône) 1996 - Rochechinard Museum 1997 - Mediatheque of Montélimar Librairie Arthaud Campus Grenoble 2000 Ladders and stairs Bookstore La Bouquinerie Grenoble 2001 Bookmark Villa Gillet Lyon 2001 Inks and lights Mediatheque Romans 2002 "" Librairie Arthaud, Grenoble 2004 Sketches Athonites OT of St. Jean-en Royans 2005 Gatherer of images Gallery of the Fuseau Romans 2006 Journal of Kerala OT of St. Jean-en-Royans 2008 The children of Gandhi 31 photos in giant format on the grilles of the City Garden of Grenoble 2008 Etikoppaka, gandhian village - reconstitution of a Andra-Pradesh village - Budapest Galeria Centralis (part of the Gandhi colony) 2009 Portrait of St.Jean-en-Royans park, OT 2010 Portrait of Park - Ecomuseum of Gresy sur Isère 2010 The Water and the Sacred in India Water Museum Pont-en-Royans 2011 Windows on Combe Laval R & V Space Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans Portrait of Park, Portrait of Park Natural History Museum, Grenoble 2014 Carmelite Museum of Beauvoir-en-Royans: India, spices and coconut