Critic / Writer / Independent Curator
Born on February 26, 1953.
Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint Cloud.
Student and collaborator of Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu. After being critic and editor in charge of photography in the daily Libération, he created in 1986 the VU ‘ Agency , photographer’s, agency, then in 1998, the gallery of the same name.
Artistic director of the Rencontres d'Arles in 1997, member of many international juries, including President for Worlpress Photo, he published, among others, books on Bernard Faucon, William Klein, Anders Petersen, Isabel Muñoz, Christer Strömholm, Peter Beard, the collective Tendance Floue, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, the photographic collection of Marin Kartmitz. He published at Actes Sud two texts of texts "Circonstances Particulières".
He currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale Superieure Louis Lumiere, writes, is an independent curator for numerous exhibitions and director of the Photo Phnom Penh festival that he created in 2008 in Cambodia. He has collaborated regularly, since its creation, in the programming, the carte blanche and the animation of the Festival Images Singulières in Sète, France. From 2013 to 2015, he has been the artistic director of the Getxophoto festival, which features presentations in the public area near Bilbao in Spain's Basque country.
Since 2016, artistic director of Landskrona Photo Festival in Sweden.
In 2012, Artistic Director of the Monuments and Imaginary season for the Center des Monuments Nationaux, he organized some twenty exhibitions of recognized and young contemporary artists in various historical buildings throughout France.
From 2013 he builds an important collection of photographs , assigning photographers, emergent and very well internationally recognized, on he big project of La Samaritaine building, in the center of Paris.
In 2018, co-curator, with Mathilde Falguière, of the exhibition "Daniel Boudinet, The time of color", presented at the Château de Tours under the auspices of the National Center of Photography, Jeu de Paume and, at the Landskrona Museum (Sweden) an exhibition dedicated to contemporary Chilean photography with Rodrigo Gomez Rovira. Both are accompanied by important catalogs.
Regular contributor to the Italian weekly Internazionale - chronicle and portfolios - as well as various international publications, he teaches regularly in workshops and, since 2013, began a collection of interviews with photographers, "Just Between Us" at Editions André Frère .