JEAN TESSIER

Born in France, I’ve lived in Spain and now enjoy a life in New York City.  A self-taught photographer, I am inspired by traditional black-and-white humanist photography, particularly the great masters like Sebastiao Salgado and Raymond Depardon.

Traveling around the globe, I create photo essays that cross art photography with photojournalism. I attach importance to producing an elegant photo —une mise en scène—in a geographical, social and humanistic context, with an emphasis on the latter.  By catching the eyes of another, I seek a moment and a connection—in the humblest way—with the human soul.  Even more, I want these simple shots of everyday life to raise questions.  After my time in the United States, topics related to politics, migration and the diversity of the American Continent—both the North and the South—have gained particular interest.

The personal concept of mise en scène is important to my photographic work. Though I do not take part in the composition of what plays out before me, it's important that, while shooting in a street, I find a balance between the different plans of the scène, looking for harmonies and connections with the lines and the characters who comprise the photograph. In this way, I build a narration that will be interpreted by the future spectator.

Finally, I choose to make primarily black-and-white photographs in order to create a particular relationship between the viewer and the print.  Black-and-white encourages a certain distance from the subject, keeping the meaning of the photo open and fluidI appreciate when the viewer’s eyes are guided subtly and gently through tone and light, allowing each person to slip into her or her interpretation and quietly find their own meaning within.

You also can discover other aspects of my work on this website:

http://balades-photographie.fr

2019

   - November: Festival "Mediterraneo. Tra Terra e Mare" (Napoli - Italy)

         Exhibition. Twelve pictures. Series: "Your Wall. Our Lives".

   - October: L'Angle Photographies (Hendaye - France)

       Exhibition. Twelve pictures. Series: "Me dices El Migrante"

   - October: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City)

          Exhibition. Nine pictures. Series: "Me dices El Migrante"

 

    - July: Festival "Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert" (Pierrevert - France)

          Screening. Series : "Your Wall. Our Lives" 

   - July: Galerie du Hérisson IV (Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles. Voies Off - France)

        Exhibition. Fourteen pictures. Series: "Tierra Prometida. Mineros de Bolivia"

   - July:  La Place des Photographes Gallery (Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles. Voies Off - France)

        Exhibition. Six pictures. Series : "Blowin'in the Wind"

             Awards : Public Award (organized by La Place des Photographes Gallery and Fujifilm France)

                              Compétence Photo Award (Organized by the French magazine Compétence Photo)

     - June: Chashama Space for Artists Gallery (New York City)

           Exhibition. Group Art Show: "Dear Democracy...". Twelve pictures. Series: "Me dicen El Migrante"

     - June: L'Oeil de la Photographie Magazine (France)

         Online publication. Series : "Day after day. Daily life in a Syrian Refugees Camp (Lebanon)"

   - June: SE Center for Photography (Greenville - South Carolina)

            Exhibition. Group Show : "Abandoned Landscape". One picture. Series: "We're no one but Shadows"

   - March: L'Oeil de la Photographie Magazine (France)

         Online publication. Series : "Your Wall. Our Lives"

   - February: PH21 Gallery (Budapest - Hungary)

      Exhibition. Group Show: "Urban". One picture. Series: "We could be heroes. Just for one day" 

   - February: Tevere Art Gallery (Roma - Italy)

      Exhibition. Group Show. Six pictures. Series: "Your Wall. Our Lives"

   - February: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City)

        Exhibition. Solo Show. Series: "We could be heroes. Just for one day (Slab City)" 

   - January: SE Center for Photography (Greenville - South Carolina)

          Exhibition. Group Photo Show. Two pictures. Series: "Blowing' in the Wind"

2018

   - December : MC Gallery (New York City)

           Exhibition. Group art show : "Transformation". One picture: "This is (not) Disneyland" of my series "Your Wall. Our Lives"

   - November: Photomedia - International Biennal of Photographic Art (Skopje - Macedonia)

         Exhibition. Group Photo Show. Three pictures. Series: "Like birds on a wire. On the road of the migrants " (México)

           Awards : Grand Prix Award and Gold Plate of the City of Skopje

   - October: NiepceBook 9 (Editions Corridor Elephant)

          Collective publication (10 photographers). Fifteen pictures. Series: "We could be Heroes. Just for one day" (Slab City. California). 

   - September: Le Lac Gelé Gallery (Nîmes - France)

        Exhibition. Group Photo Show. "This is (not) America". Three pictures

             Selection and organisation by Compétence Photo Magazine (France)

   - July: La Place des Photographes Gallery (Arles - France)

          Conference around my photographic work. Interview & talk (Voies Off. Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles)

             Present in the catalogue of  La Place des Photographes Gallery

           

   - June: SE Center of Photography Gallery (Greenville - USA)

           Exhibition. Group Photo Show. One picture : "Jim & Carol. I live in a Trailer Park"

   - May: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City)

           Exhibition. Solo Photo Show. Series: "Inside Havana"

   - February: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City)

              Exhibition. Solo Photo Show. Series: "Both Sides - Tijuana/San Diego"

   - January: Black Box Gallery (Portland - USA)

               Exhibition. Group Photo Show. One picture : "Infinity Night (Arizona)"

2017

      - December: SE Center of Photography Gallery (Greenville - USA)

              Exhibition. Group Photo Show. One Picture: "At the Bus Stop (Roots. Haïti)"

 

       - November: Salon de la Photo 2017 (Paris - France)

              Exhibition. Group photo show. "This is (not) America". Three pictures

               Selection and organisation by Compétence Photo Magazine (France)

       - October: MC Gallery (New York City)

               Exhibition. Group art show : "Show your World". One picture: "Proudly. Women of Haïti"

       - June: L'Oeil de la Photographie Magazine (France)

                Online publication. Series : "Both Sides. Playas de Tijuana | La Jolla Beach"

       - March: Réponses Photo Magazine (France)

                  Collective publication. One picture: 'US Election Night. Democracy Plaza'

2016

        - November : Photomedia - International Biennal of Photographic Art (Skopeje - Macedonia)

                 Exhibition. Group photo show. Two pictures: "Yesterday (New Mexico)" & "On the Beach (Rockaway Beach)"

        - October: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City - USA)

                 Presentation and talk. Series: "Somewhere on the Road (USA 2016)"

         - April: Soho Photo Gallery (New York City - USA)

               Exhibition. Solo Photo Show. Series: "One Night in New York City"

         

       

2015

        - July : Black Box Gallery (Portland - USA)

                Exhibition. Group Photo Show. One picture: "Les Acrobates (Coney Island)"

                                                                                

        - May : Light Never Wait Gallery (Strumica - Macedonia)

                 Exposition. Group Photo Show. One picture: "La chica del Taxi - La Habana"

                  

 

2014

        - November: Photomedia - International Biennal of Photographic Art (Skopje - Macedonia)

                 Exhibition. Group Photo Show. Two pictures: "Le mari de la coiffeuse (Lyon)" & "Platform (London)"

        - September : Cultural Center (Dardilly - France)

                  Exhibition. Solo Photo Show. Séries: 'Breakfast in America'

        

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