(1950 - living) France
Photographer and writer
Bernard Faucon was born in Apt, in Provence, southern France. He was taught at the lycée in Apt, then graduated in Philosophy from the Sorbonne in 1973. Until 1977 he worked as a fine art painter, and thereafter discovered photography. His photographic work has a love of youth and dreamy beauty, using saturated colour, natural settings, rooms and often tableaux of mannequins. His work has been compared to that of Jan Saudek.
The mannequins used in his work are now at the Nanasai Company Collection, in Kyoto, Japan . In 2002, the Moscow House of Photography held a Bernard Faucon Festival, and he was invited to officially open the Moscow Biennale. He is currently represented by the French agency Agence Vu, and is preparing for a major retrospective exhibition in Japan.
He has won numerous awards from his work, including the Grand Prix National (1989), and the Prix Leonard de Vinci (1991). Since 1977 he has had nearly 300 solo exhibitions, but he decided to cease photography in 1995. In 1999 he produced his first book of writing.
Over the past 25 years, Bernard Faucon has had nearly 250 solo exhibitions and group shows, from Leo Castelli in New York City to Yvon Lambert in Paris, and as well innumerable one man and group shows in museums worldwide. He is also represented in numerous public and private collections, and there is an extensive critical literature about him, most notably by Roland Barthes.
Almost all of his books have been published in France or Japan; the most recent and most available retrospective is Jours d'Image, 1977-1995. Most of his books are out-of-print and command high prices on the collector's market.
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