Born in the Bordeaux region, Gérard Rancinan travels the globe, bearing first hand witness to events of historical importance. Natural catastrophes, civil and ethnic wars, and urban riots – he comes face to face with the complexity of the human condition and the random events by which it is fashioned.

His imperious need for self-expression leads him to focus on the world’s most important issues, and he delivers startling images filtered through an ever-evolving aesthetic prism.

Constantly breaking down barriers, he is, by turn, an investigator deconstructing the great sagas of contemporary life, and a portraitist. His photographs of athletes, artists, ecclesiastics and politicians have become iconic. His images have earned him a number of prizes, including four prestigious World Press Awards.

Following his domain of predilection, in the ‘Trilogy of the Moderns’ he becomes the wakeful observer of his contemporaries. This marginal perspective involves real mises en scène – veritable simulacra of the world in which we live.

Internationally renowned, Gérard Rancinan’s work is exhibited in the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums, and features in some of the most important contemporary art collections, as well as holding the auction record for the most valuable living French photographer.

Gérard Rancinan is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

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