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Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler "Rowanlea". North Atlantic. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler "Rowanlea". © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler "Rowanlea". © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Merens horse. Via Varaïta Valley. Cuneo Province. Piedmont Region. Italy. 2006. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On the road between Val Maria and the Colle d'Esischie via Marmora. Piedmont. Italy. October 2008. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Near the "Col de Tende". Piedmont. Italy. October 2008. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos

Men at Sea

In evocative, dramatic black & white photographs, this compelling exhibition depicts the seagoing lives of commercial fisherman as never before. On four long voyages between 1984 and 1998, photographer and sailor Jean Gaumy lived at sea, documenting the fisherman’s daily struggle. He braved the high seas on the first open-decked trawlers, remnants of an earlier age. Gaumy’s love of the sea, of boats, and of the thrill of the catch shines through this stirring tribute to a difficult and disappearing way of life.

The Temptation of Landscape

This exhibition is the result of weeks spent solitarily in the valleys between France and Italy, in the upper Cuneo valleys in the Piedmont region. The goal: to create a testimony of the landscape, capturing the mood and emotions. Taken between 2003 to 2010 these pictures from the mountainous landscape and scenes of daily life tell a story of nature and the passage of time, reconstructing the journey through details, movements and expressions in this personal, nostalgic reflection. A series of  written reflections by Jean Gaumy, that comment on the moment of capture and express a unique insight into what is now the landscape, accompany the images.

Städtische Galerie Iserlohn
Theodor-Heuss-Ring 24
58636 Iserlohn
Germany