Gabrielle Duplantier

French Photographer | Born: 1978

Gabrielle Duplantier studied painting and art history at the university of Bordeaux in France. Photography was a hobby on the side. After her university studies, she decided to dedicate herself to photography and she went to Paris where she worked as an assistant for several photographers. In 2002, she felt the need to come back home. Inspired by the rich and enigmatic Basque country, she started a series of photographs where landscapes, animals or humans are revealed as impressionist visions, this body of work contains some of her best images. She pursues her work on portraits of women, one of her favorite subjects, and on Portugal where she travels regularly.

Gabrielle’s photographic world seems voluntarily detached from all temporal or social reality. So her subjects or not really thematic, she is seeking beautiful images that exist outside of any context, on their own. She has already published 3 books, works with press, edition, she collabore with musicians, writers. Her work is also regularly exhibited. In 2012, Gabrielle Duplantier appears in MONO, edited by Gomma books, monography of the best contemporary black and white photographers along with artists such as Michael Ackerman, Trent Parke, Anders Petersen, or Roger Ballen...

FNAC’s Collection and privates Collections.
Finalist Grand Concours Agfa 2003.
Coup de Cœur Bourse du Talent Portrait, Photographie.com 2005.
Finalist Parole photographique, Actuphoto 2008.
Published in Photos Nouvelles, Shots Magazine, Gente di fotografia, Le Festin, Pays basque magazine, Geokompakt, Philosophy magazine...


Interview with Gabrielle Duplantier

All About Photo: When did you realize you wanted to be a photographer?
Gabrielle Duplantier: After being so long someone who takes (lots of) pictures, it took a while for me to consider myself a photographer. I worked on my own exploring certain subjects just for my personal pleasure. Then one day I felt like showing my work, I participated in a few photography contests. For my first personal exhibition in the Basque Country, I didn’t expect anyone to buy my pictures but I ended up selling around twenty. It was sort of a turning point.

AAP: Where did you study photography?
GD: I never studied photography. I studied Art History and practiced Fine Arts at the University of Bordeaux. On the side, I started taking pictures with a second-hand camera. Someone lent me a book with the first black and white photographs at turn of the century, I was fascinated; there I found the source of inspiration for my own work. At home we had a dark room, my father showed me the basics of development. I spent most of my free time experimenting, searching... I learned practically everything by myself, with my imagination, my profound ignorance and yet with this powerful desire to achieve something that would satisfy me.

AAP: Do you have a mentor or role model?
GD: In general, I admire people who aren‘t afraid of anything, who persist on their path without losing faith. There are many people around me who have these qualities, who give me strength and courage.

AAP: How long have you been a photographer?
GD: Almost ten years

AAP: Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
GD: No, but what I do know is that I liked to do close-ups of people unaware of my presence.

AAP: What or who inspires you?
GD: My inspiration comes from simple things and often from my daily life. I have always liked photographing women, children, nature around me, interesting indoor scenes and of course light that can transfigure even a wall. But I think that inspiration remains a mystery. I don’t know why certain things touch me. Anyway the subjects are just pretexts to explore my own emotional world, not reality. My pictures don’t tell any precise story, they are open fictions.

AAP: How could you describe your style?
GD: Often unreal, somewhat dark, untechnical, sometimes even accidental.

AAP: Do you have a favorite photograph or series?
GD: Impossible to choose one in particular. Recently I participated in 'Temps Zero project' (photo-projections and live music) with photographers from different countries, I saw there some breathtaking works, incredible photos.

AAP: What kind of gear do you use? Camera, lens, digital, film?
GD: I use for my personal work old Nikon film cameras, black and white film; I also have a digital camera for certain commissions or specific work. I have very rudimentary gear. I’ve never been much interested in technique. I don’t think I want to know too much.

AAP: Do you spend a lot of time editing your images? For what purpose?
GD: Of course. The choice of the images and the special attention I give to each one is essential. This reflection is as important as the shooting. In those moments, the feel of an image can be revealed.

AAP: What are your projects?
GD: This year I have a few exhibit projects, some commissions, my personal work to develop more and more. Find new subjects. Since my last book 'Les enfants d'ici', I want to make others.

AAP: Favorite(s) photographer(s)?
GD: Two photographers influenced me from the start: Julia Margaret Cameron and Michael Ackerman.

AAP: What advice would you give a young photographer?
Avoid looking too much at other people’s photographs. Take a lot of time alone to work.

AAP: What mistake should a young photographer avoid?
I don’t know... I make many mistakes and learn from them constantly.

AAP: An idea, a sentence, a project you would like to share?
GD: "I think that great art is the art of the right distance. Too close one burns, too far one freezes; one needs to learn to find the right position and maintain it.", a sentence I like from Christian Bobin

AAP: Your best memory as a photographer?
GD: Just all those moments where I had an incredible sensation of lightness, a thrill I feel that makes me forget everything else, totally absorbed by a scene I’m shooting, a state of grace.

AAP: Your worst souvenir as a photographer?
GD: Moments when I felt inhibited for some reason and lost my creative freedom.

AAP: The compliment that touched you most?
GD: During projections of my photos accompanied by music, I have seen people cry. Music accentuates the emotional impact. Even so, tears are a compliment.

AAP:If you were someone else who would it be?
GD: A healer.

Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
Gabrielle Duplantier
La mer console de toutes les laideurs
Author: Gabrielle Duplantier, Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: CAIRN
 
Volta
Author: Gabrielle Duplantier
Publisher: La Main Donne
Volta, in Portuguese, can mean all at once and among other things around, return, stroll, ride, but also change. The photographs by Gabrielle Duplantier seem to echo this word : roaming and erratic, crossed by intriguing figures, delicately anchored between reality and fiction. These wanderings always bring her back to homelands and loved ones, and her pictures, bathed both in twilight and sunlight, are so many enigmas that link people and places.
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 

More Great Photographers To Discover

Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist
Nationality: American
Born: 1987

Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist (b. 1987) graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning and minor studies in Community and International Development. Ian worked for a variety of non-profits before pursuing photography full-time. Since 2009 Ian has been a constant contributor to the Burlington Free Press, Vermont's largest daily newspaper. Ian has also worked for the Boston Globe, BUST Magazine, Vermont AP, Vermont Life, Vermont Quarterly (…)
 
Yang Bin
Nationality: Chinese
Born: 1975

After studying the history of art with a focus on classical painting, Yang Bin, then 31 years old, finally launched himself into photography. Success was rapid and works by this Chinese artist, born in Beijing in 1975, already feature in numerous private collections around the world. Now a photographer, the artist is not ready to renounce his theoretical painting background. Yang Bin composes his photographs like a painter constructs paintings and an artist’s style (…)
 
Francisco Reina
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 1979
Francisco Reina, is a politically and socially-engaged conceptual photographer based in The Netherlands. In his project The Art of Power he meticulously manipulated architectural elements that depict political institutions, making them into impenetrable structures. We see the ruling institutions of today as rational enterprises who's interest should be to further the interest of their societies as a whole. Francisco strongly believes that this notion is not always rooted in (…)
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
 
Paolo Roversi
Nationality: Italian
Born: 1947
Paolo Roversi is an Italian-born fashion photographer who lives and works in Paris. Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi’s interest in photography was kindled as a teenager during a family vacation in Spain in 1964. Back home, he set up a darkroom in a convenient cellar with another keen amateur, the local postman Battista Minguzzi, and began developing and printing his own black & white work. The encounter with a local professional photographer Nevio Natali was very (…)
 
Aneta Bartos
Nationality: Polish
Aneta Bartos was born in Poland and moved to New York City where she attended The School of Visual Arts. Most recently she was a part of the exhibition Hearst 8X10 at the Alexey Brodovitch Gallery, New York curated by John Bennette. In early 2013 she exhibited her project titled Boys with a solo exhibition at the Carlton Arms Hotel, New York curated by Jon Feinstein. During 2012 she was a part of 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraeutler, New York curated by Natalia (…)
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
Aneta Bartos
 
Cyrille Druart
Nationality: French
Born in the 80s in Paris, Photographer and Designer Cyrille Druart has a singular aesthetic in creating black and white images. He has always been interested in Art and graduated in Interior Design at the ESAG-Penninghen in Paris, in 2004. His love for urban areas and Architecture has led him to travel and wander through large cities around the world searching for images. Loneliness is also at the center of his images because paradoxically in the heart of urban life. His (…)
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart
 
Don Rutledge
Nationality: American
Born: 1931 - Died: 2013

Traveling throughout the United States and to more than 140 countries during more than 40 years, Rutledge captured quiet moments of humanity and mission ministry in hundreds of classic photographs taken for the Home (now North American) Mission Board and later for the Foreign (now International) Mission Board. He called his best photographs "windows on the soul." His images helped millions of inspired viewers to understand, pray for, and participate in missions.

(…)
 
Anders Petersen
Nationality: Swedish
Born: 1944

Anders Petersen was born 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. 14 years old his family moved to Karlstad in Värmland, where he met the artists ?Karin Bodland and Lars Sjögren.
In 1961 he stayed for some time in Hamburg in order to learn German and trying to write and paint. He didn’t take any pictures.

Five years later he met Christer Strömholm and became a student at his School of Photography in Stockholm. Strömholm was not just his teacher but also a close friend. (…)
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen
 
K.K. DePaul
Nationality: American
K.K. DePaul is an explorer of secrets, combining and recombining bits and pieces of memory to make sense of her family stories.

I have always been fascinated by multiple interpretations, double exposures, and the ambiguities that arise depending on which character is telling the story. My process begins with a collection of elements...images...writing. As I move the elements around, a visual narrative begins to take shape, signaling a new understanding of parallel (…)
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
K.K. DePaul
 
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Nationality: Japanese
Born: 1948

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1948, and lives and works in New York and Tokyo. His interest in art began early. His reading of André Breton’s writings led to his discovery of Surrealism and Dada and a lifelong connection to the work and philosophy of Marcel Duchamp.

Central to Sugimoto’s work is the idea that photography is a time machine, a method of preserving and picturing memory and time. This theme provides the defining principle of his (…)
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
NEW! All About Photo Awards 2019 Magazine
All About Photo Awards 2019
 
 
 
The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue.
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices