Jean-François Bauret (1932-2014) is considered one of the most audacious photographers of his era. Through his work it is possible to contextualise the last fifty years of the French photographic world.
Classically inspired by the chiaroscuro works of Rembrandt, Jean-François Bauret’s images remain incendiary to this day. In the turmoil of the late 1960s, he scandalised despite himself and helped to change mentalities in a stagnant society.
He brought the winds of change into advertising by capturing naked men and pregnant women in the same way as one would ordinary people. He took the portraits of many figures in art, entertainment and literature, such as Klaus Kinski, Dominique Sanda, Michel Tournier, Giorgio Morandi and Serge Gainsbourg.
The prints of Jean-François Bauret, principally in black and white, stand apart from the works of aesthetic movements and capture the spirit of an era with a frankness still disparaged by censorship and criticism.
SIT DOWN gallery
25.05.2018 – 23.06.2018
Jean-François Bauret was born in Paris in 1932. At the age of fourtheen, he was very impressed by a nude by Man Ray, published by le Minotaure review. He was taught the rudiments of photography by his father. His military service gives him the opportunity to develop his technical expertise. Following this, he enters the profession and rapidly becomes a reputation publicity photographer.
At the end of the 1960’s, he carries out several advertsing campaigns in black and white which are hailed in the press and on the billboards. This is due to his use of nudes and portraits which are hitherto unexpected in the context of advertising.
In 1971, an important exhibition is organised at the A.R.C., Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, with a catalogue. AT the same time, he continues his research in the studio on diverse forms of representing the human body, above all the male body.
In 1975, he publishes a book called Nude portraits of men known and unknown . An exhibition of these nudes is cancelled as the photographs are judged to be too disturbing.
In 1980, the Galerie municipale du Château d’eau de Toulouse presents a retrospective of his work accompanied by a catalogue.
At a time when other photographers are concentrating on specialisation in their work, Jean-François Bauret prefers to apply himself to diversifying his subjects, working in the studio, on location, for fashion and for publishing.
In 1984, Editions Contrejour publish his book Nude portraits , accompanied by a travelling exhibition organised by the Fnac galleries around France.
Work on the body develops toward study of human movement which leads him to present an exhibition on this theme in the festival « Train de Danse » organised by the Ministry of Culture in 1988 and another one the following year entitled Silent Choregraphy (Fnac galleries).
He passed away in Paris in 2014.
Réponses photo,“Faire tomber les masques”
Libération, “Comme dans un tableau de Brueghel, le genre humain mis à nu défila dans le studio de Jean-François Bauret”
Photo magazine, “Ovation pour Jean-François Bauret”
Mowwgli, “Jean-François Bauret, son grand livre”
Le blog de Fabien Ribery, “Le scandale de la beauté, par Jean-François Bauret, photographe”
L’oeil de la photographie, “Jean-François Bauret, extraits”
L’Humanité, “La transgression mise au service de l’autre”