Guy Le Querrec

FRANCE, Brittany region, Cotes-d'Armor department, 1975 © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos



Breton Guy Le Querrec, born on May 12th 1941 in Paris, began to take photographs at the age of 14. He bought his first Leica IIIG from the salary he had earned working at an insurance company. At the age of 26, he took his first step to become a professional photographer being employed at Paris-based advertising agency “Atelier 3”. From 1969, he travelled the francophone sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghrib for the “Jeune Afrique” periodical on a regular basis.
1971 saw Le Querrec join “Vu” agency, who founded “Viva” agency in the following year – he quitted “Viva” in 1975, however. At that time, he produced series like “Families in France” (1973), Portugal and the Carnation Revolution” (1974-75) and “The French on holidays” (1976).
Le Querrec joined “Magnum” in 1976 and was elected full member in 1977. His contributions then encompassed Parisian “Concert Mayol” (1979) and the “Big Foot Memorial Ride” in South Dakota (1990) as well as long-term engagements in China (1984-1989) and many African countries (1984-1998).
Multiple visits at the Elysée Palace between 1977 and 1985, which took place in cooperation with sculptor Daniel Druet, resulted in late former French president Mitterand being portrayed by Le Querrec. One shot originating from this portrait sittings eventually found its way into the 1999 selection “The 100 most important photos of the century” and Le Querrec was awarded the “Grand Prix de la ville de Paris”.

One of the artist’s main sources of inspiration not only to his life, but also of his artistic work is music, and Jazz in particular. This passion led him to the creation of two performances at “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles”, one being “De l’eau dans le jazz”, the other “Jazz comme une image”. The second show was designed by the artist as a slideshow of his photos, projected on a giant screen to act as a score for ad-lib music sessions. Subsequently, “Jazz comme une image” was exhibited in several Metro stations in Paris during five-week “Banlieues Bleues” festival.
Raymond Depardon, art director of “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles” 2006, selected Le Querrec as one of his “fellow travelers”. Le Querrec’s “L’œil de l’éléphant“ and “Root africaine“ have been touring through many European countries.
Apart from his profession as a photographer, Le Querrec has been holding lectures at educational institutions in France and abroad (e.g. Switzerland, Senegal, Mongolia, England and Canada).

AWARDS | Recognitions

2012 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, KSH, Freiburg
2011 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, DAI Tübingen
‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Galerie °CLAIR, Munich
2009 Corigliano Calabro Fotografia, Italy
Le Siècle du jazz, Italy, France, Spain
2008 Biennale de la Photographie, Moscow, Russia
2006 Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France
2005 Musée du Septennat, Château-Chinon, France
Base sousmarine, Bordeaux, France
2003 Rencontres internationales de D’Jazz de Nevers, France
2002 Centro de la Imagen, Braga, Portugal
Hermès, New York City, USA
2001 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2000 International Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria
1999 Hillside Forum Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
1997 Maison Robert Doisneau, Gentilly, France
1996 Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France
1993 Espace photographique de Paris, France
1991 Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
French Cultural Centers in Germany and Eastern Europe
1990 Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie In Port Expos, Le Port, Réunion
1978 Galerie municipale du Château d’eau de Toulouse, France


2011 ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
2009 Le Siècle du jazz. Skira Flammarion
Géométrie de l’instant. Creaphis
2006 D’Jazz à Nevers Guy Le Querrec : chemins croisés. l’Armançon
2005 Chronatoscaphe Nato
African Flashback, Label Bleu
2002 Minneapolis We Insist, Universal Jazz
2001 Minneapolis, Universal Jazz
Jazz Light and Day, Motta
2000 Sur la piste de Big Foot, Textuel
1999 Suite Africaine/ Carnet de Routes, Label Bleu
1997 François Mitterrand, des temps de poses à l’Elysée, Marval
1996 Jazz de J à ZZ, Marval
1995 Carnet de routes, Label Bleu
1994 Portraits de mots, Alphagram/Bordas
1993 Jazz comme une image, Banlieues Bleues, Scandéditions
1991 Musicales, Trois Cailloux, Amiens
1988 Tête à tête, Daniel Druet sculpteur, Carrère
1979 Portugal 1974-1975. Regards sur une tentative de pouvoir populaire, Hier et demain
1977 Quelque part, Contrejour, Préface de Roméo Martinez et Arnaud Claas