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"A photographer is an acrobat treading the high wire of chance, trying to capture shooting stars "

- Guy Le Querrec

b. 1941

French

Based in Paris, France

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Born in 1941 in Paris into a family from Brittany, Guy Le Querrec shot his first pictures of jazz musicians in London in the late 1950s, making his professional debut in 1967.

Two years later he was hired by the weekly Jeune Afrique as picture editor and photographer; he did his first reportages in Francophone Africa, including Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

In 1971, he entrusted his archives to Vu, recently founded by Pierre de Fenoyl, and in 1972, he co-founded the co-operative Viva agency but left it three years later. Le Querrec joined Magnum in 1976.

In the late 1970s he co-directed two films, and in 1980 directed the first photographic workshop organized by the City of Paris. During the Rencontres d’Arles in 1983, he created a new form of show by projecting photographs alongside a live quartet of jazz musicians, repeating the experiment in 1993 and 2006.

Le Querrec has undertaken numerous reportages on the Concert Mayol in Paris, subjects in China and Africa, and North American Indians. He punctuates his work with breaks devoted to jazz (festivals, clubs and tours), and has traveled through twenty-five African countries with the Romano-Sclavis-Texier trio.

Le Querrec’s background in jazz has informed his photography. He sees everyday scenes as a musical score, played or activated by natural forces. Sun rays in a café could be a cry or a trumpet call; Spanish workers resting on the edge of a limestone quarry are musical notations in a solo piece.

Le Querrec has also devoted much time to teaching workshops and classes in France and other countries. He has exhibited regularly throughout the world.

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Selected works

Arts & Culture

Guy Le Querrec: Quelque Part

Guy Le Querrec

French photographer and filmmaker Guy Le Querrec's collection 'Somewhere' captures life on mainland Europe in the 1950s and 60s

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From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Theme | 7 Stories

Behind The Image

Past Square Print Sale

Closer

Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Current Exhibition
Yvre-L'Eveque, France

Big Foot: Guy Le Querrec

Guy Le Querrec
Until Nov 5

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos x Richardson at Dover Street Market London

Until May 21

Arts & Culture

Stories of the City: A Magnum exhibition on the Paris Metro

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 19 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Magnum Photos in the Paris Metro

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 30

Past Artist Talk
Paris, France

Guy Le Querrec Discusses Jazz

Guy Le Querrec
Dec 15 2016

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Theme | 10 Stories

Style & Fashion

Past Exhibition
Brest, France

Guy Le Querrec in Brittany

Guy Le Querrec
Until Jan 7

Arts & Culture

80 Years of Yves Saint Laurent

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016

Arts & Culture

Jazz de J à ZZ

Guy Le Querrec

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11

Past Square Print Sale
Online Only,

Up Close & Personal

Magnum Photographers
Nov 9 - 13

Theme | 18 Stories

The Places We Live

Theme | 11 Stories

Public / Private: Love Stories and Intimate Journeys