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Self-portrait Jacques Godard
After studying Mathematics and Physics at the Faculty of Sciences of NICE, in 1967, I chose photography and worked in a color photography laboratory at CANNES.
 
As soon as I opened my photographic workshop in Nice in 1970, I began my researches on the interpretation of the image by working on its material and medium.
The results were disappointing. During 1982, through the Edward Steichen's works, I discovered the existence of the printing process with "gum bichromate". I felt that it can give me the opportunity to obtain the images I was looking for.
After five years of researches on gum bichromate process, during the "spare time" of my commercial work (fashion, advertising, illustration), I finally got images matching my expectations.

My favorite subjects : in fact there are none or they are all. Each genre, landscapes, still lifes and others, brings me a variety of emotions which are own to each and every. Each in its own way, provids me the basis of my reflections and my explorations on the rendering of the image that I expect. I am more a picture "maker" than a picture "taker".

This explains that until my "rediscovery" of the gum bichromate process, I was looking for a medium suitable for my images, the silver paper does not satisfy me in rendering my own work. Because of my  "Pictorialist" taste I prefer that the image is over the surface of paper which participates in its rendering. In this purpose, digital printing has fulfilled my expectations.
 
June 1994, abandonment of commercial activity and I choose to devote myself entirely to this field of Photography.
 
During 1998, I apply the possibilities of the digital image to gum bichromate printing pocess.

June 1994, abandonment of my commercial activity and I choose to devote myself entirely to this field of Photography.

1998, I applied the possibilities of the digital image to the technique of photographic printing with bichromate gum for making negatives.

2004, the evolution of the digital image making me see many other possibilities, I continued my work on the image in the digital domain.

In 2011, my work on the digital image evolved towards what I called: pixoplasty.
The digitized photograph serves as a template to a study of its evocations. The image is destructured then restructured by computer using mathematical functions; its original constituents, pixels, provide me a material as malleable as a clay.
Each resulting picture is an expression of the evocation caused by the subject; It is unique because it is dependent on its original matrix.

 
Professional experiences:

November 1995, directs a training on the process"gum bichromate" at the National School of Photography of ARLES.
September 1999, directs a training on the application of the digital image to the technique of the photographic print of the gum bichromate, for the Union of photographers professionals du Midi (S.P.P.M.).
February 2000, directs a second training of deepening this technique for the S.P.P.M..

Main publications and editions:

2019 Catalog Contemporary Art Auction in Brussels, November 15.
2019 "SHADOW & LIGHT", stArt editions.
2017 "7 AT THE GALLERY DEPARDIEU", stArt editions.
2016 "Dans le retro", 25 years of stArt, stArt editions.
2011 "Enclosure & Liberty" catalog, stArt editions.
2010 Catalog Auction, Cannes.
2010 Vintage Portfolio Box "Twenty Years of stArt", stArt editions.
2009 "White World", stArt editions.
2009 Catalog Auction, Golfe-Juan Vallauris.
2008 "With hair, feathers, horns, etc.", stArt editions.
2007 Catalog Auction, Cannes.
2005 “Réserve Naturelles de France”, Éditions Nathan.
2003 “Eroticism in the garden”, Éditions Flammarion.
1999 “Panorama of contemporary creation on the French Riviera”, editions of the Pusan ​​Metropolitan Art Museum (South Korea).
1997 “Nice, ten photographers and a city”, Éditions Grégoire Gardette.

Major collections, Organisations and Museums:
 
ARTS-AFFAIRES, Boulogne Billancourt (Paris).
BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE - Cabinet des Estampes (Paris).
C.N.R.S. - CREHA (Sophia-Antipolis 06-France)
COLLECTION H. ASCHERMAN, Beachwood-Cleveland (Ohio - USA).
COLLECTION GOZLAN (Paris).
COLLECTION HIRSH (Genève - SUISSE)
COLLECTION ROUSGUISTO (Vence)
COLLODIONS NATURELS INTERNATIONAL (Rouen).
CONSERVATOIRE DU LITTORAL, Direction Nationale (Paris).
CHIRAC Jacques (cadeau de la Direction Nationale du Conservatoire du Littoral).
CONSERVATOIRE DU LITTORAL, Le Rayol Canadel (Var).
ÉCOLE MÉDITERRANÉENNE DES JARDINS ET DU PAYSAGE, Grasse (A.M.).
ÉCOLE NATIONALE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, Arles (B. du Rhône).
ÉLECTRICITÉ DE FRANCE, direction du Var (Toulon).
FAVROD Charles-Henri, ex-conservateur Musée de l'Élysée (Lausanne - SUISSE).
FONDATION ÉLECTRICITÉ DE FRANCE, Paris.
FONDATION ITALIENNE POUR LA PHOTOGRAPHIE (Turin - ITALIE).
GALERIE Joseph FACH (Frankfurt am Main, ALLEMAGNE).
GALERIE KRIVY (Nice).
MASSOTEAU Vincent, Directeur de création France-Conseil (Nice).
MUS Jean, Architecte - Paysagiste (Cabris - A.M.).
MUSÉE FRANÇAIS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, Bièvres (Île de France ).
MUSÉE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE CHARLES NÈGRE , Musée Ville de Nice.
 

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