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During part of my career as a photojournalist, as well as through work for which I was commissioned, I have created photo libraries and brochures for both companies and institutions. A large part of my personal work has been published, exhibited or used for communication purposes. I have run numerous creative workshops and courses for a variety of publics (primary school pupils, underachieving secondary school pupils, student teachers and teachers, immigrant women…).
© Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau
I was born in Switzerland in 1948 and studied at Vevey Photography School. I worked all over the world, before finally settling in France in 1990. I took my first photos at school, pictures of an oil refinery and its employees, when I was about 9 under the guidance of my primary school teacher.
I have been very active in the field of publishing, illustrating around fifty books. My photos have been published in magazines and newspapers in 21 countries. In recognition of the quality of my images, I have received the prize for the most beautiful Swiss book of the year and the German Kodak Prize several times.
My work has been exhibited at the Musée de la Publicité and the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) and in the park of Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto to name but a few.
I have always felt the need to pass on my knowledge and have therefore devoted part of my time to teaching photography, at Carmel in California and the Ateneum Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki amongst others, as well as to performing artists.
© Jean-Jacques Grezet