CHRISTOPHE JACROT

 
 

Christophe Jacrot was born in 1960 and lives in Paris. He has been into photography since he was a child, but he made his name through cinema first. He has directed a number of short films, a lot of them having received prizes. One of them was Li#ing (Special Jury Prize at the Avoriaz fesHval, and Press Prize at the Chamrousse fesHval in 1989); another was Sou)en de Famille (First Youth Prize at the MontecaHni fesHval in 1994, Special Public Prize in Prades in 1996). In 2000, he directed a full- feature movie Prison à Domicile, which also starred Elie Kakou in his last role.

CHRISTOPHE JACROT FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP OTHER PROJECTS AT THE CINEMA, AND THIS IN TURN LED HIM TO PHOTOGRAPHY, AN ART HE CAN PRACHCE ALONE AND WITH NO CONSTRAINTS. HIS WORK ON BAD WEATHER AND DOWNPOURS STARTED WHEN HE WAS ASKED TO TAKE PICTURES OF PARIS IN THE SUN FOR A TRAVEL GUIDE. HE EXPLAINED HOW “THE WEATHER WAS DESPERATELY BAD, AND IT GAVE [HIM] THE DESIRE TO TAKE AN OPPOSITE STANCE TO THE TRADIHONAL PARIS PHOTOS AND SEIZE THESE ATMOSPHERES AT IT HAD RARELY BEEN DONE. [HE] HAD IN MIND THE FABULOUS PORTRAIT HENRI CARHER-BRESSON HAD TAKEN OF GIACOME] UNDER POURING RAIN, AND OF THE PHOTO OF A MAN UMPING IN FRONT OF A PUDDLE AT THE TROCADERO WHICH ELIO_ ERWI_ HAD TAKEN.”

HIS FIRST EXHIBIT WAS CALLED PARIS IN THE RAIN, AT THE LUCERNAIRE IN PARIS, IN OCTOBER 2007; IT IMMEDIATELY LED TO THE PUBLICAHON OF A BOOK AT LE CHÊNE PUBLICAHONS. TODAY, HE HAS EXHIBITS IN PARIS, NEW YORK, BOSTON, AND ISTANBUL. CHRISTOPHE JACROT IS A BAD WEATHER GLOBE TROttER WHO HUNTS THE POETRY OF RAIN AND STORMS ON ALL THE CONTINENTS.


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