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Jean-François Camp : Pascal Maitre & Jean-François Bessol – Festival Visa pour l’Image 2019


A daily section of JFC at the Visa Festival for Image from August 31 to September 8, 2019.

By visiting the exhibition of Pascal Maitre on the Sahel, presented in the Salvador Dali room at the Couvent des Minimes – in the company of Jean-François Bessol of the laboratory DUPON-PHIDAP, I realize that the relationship between an author and his printer is far from being obvious as their worlds can sometimes be distant, and their proximity is sometimes confusing. The author travels around the world, taking risks, related to his job as a photojournalist. The printer works alone, in the shadows, once in the darkroom and now in front of his computer. Its mission is to restore at best what the author has been able to capture. Pascal Maitre is a great photojournalist, he has been covering African countries for decades, and has shown this continent with an exceptional mastery of lights and colors. He is an artist in his own right, has great sense of colour some would say, a creator who develops his image as a painter his canvas. But to complete the glossy rendition, the talent of “his printer” is absolutely essential. Together they realize all the exhibitions that Pascal regularly presents – like for the European House of Photography, the Grande Arche de la Defense and for festivals, Visa, of course, but also La Gacilly, Arles etc. They have been working hand-in-hand for many years, understand each other tacitly and form a buoying team that is rooted in the construction of a major pictorial work.



Jean-François Camp :

Former owner of the DUPON laboratories, sponsors of the Visa pour l’Image festival for 30 years, but also the Rencontres D’Arles, the Images and Nature Festival of La Gacilly, the Bayeux Prize for war correspondents. Vice President of the association Visa pour l’Image, creator and in charge of the International Center for Photojournalism and CEO of DUREV Events dedicated to the promotion of the photographic image in Paris.


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