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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


Based in Paris, France


Available for commissions
& assignments

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

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Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Magnum Paris Christmas Sale

Magnum Photographers
Dec 13 2018 · Free

Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Book Signing with Magnum Photographers in Paris

Magnum Photographers
Jun 21 2018

Arts & Culture

‘Touching on All Places of Music’; The 25th Anniversary of Sun Ra’s Death

Guy Le Querrec

Past Exhibition
Schirmeck, France

1968: Année Brûlante

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 30, 2018

Past Exhibition
Arlon, Belgium

Jazz by Guy Le Querrec

Guy Le Querrec
Until Jun 10, 2018

Past Exhibition
Rennes, France

Guy Le Querrec: Conteur d’images

Guy Le Querrec
Until Aug 26, 2018

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Photobooks of 2017

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Expert Photographic Advice from Magnum

Past Exhibition
Lyon, France

Guy Le Querrec: Big Foot in Lyon

Guy Le Querrec
Until Feb 24, 2018

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Behind the Image

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Exhibition
Yvre-L'Eveque, France

Big Foot: Guy Le Querrec

Guy Le Querrec
Until Nov 5, 2017

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos x Richardson at Dover Street Market London

Until May 21, 2017

Arts & Culture

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

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