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From the start in 1986, VU’ is known as an « agency of photographers » more than a photographical agency, claiming this way the specifity of each identity whom it belongs. Its name shows an ambitious connection, since VU’ is the eponym of a famous french magazine of the 20’s which was very innovative in a pictorial sense of way. It has gradually set a new style and maintained a high level of intelligence and creativity of its authors. Discovering, promoting, spreading and also exhibiting in a wide gallery (created in 1998)…

The VU’ team has made from a collective adventure a constant think factory on photography’s evolution and its place in the image world. Social, documentary, visual, it’s important to decode the multiple senses of contemporary creation and to question its handling by the media, the companies or the institutions.

From hot news to long lasting investigation, from formal work to intimate story, the VU’ photographers have built for more than thirty years a plural and moving panorama of photography.

Contact

Editorial & NGO / France
Patrick Codomier
codomier@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 88
Editorial & NGO international
Sébastien Dupuy
dupuy@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 05 48
Corporate & Advertising
Mathilde Penchinat
penchinat@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 86


Cultural Projects & Exhibitions
Patricia Morvan
morvan@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 89
Archives & International agents
Jean-Baptiste Henimann
henimann@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 87
Workshops & Publishng
Mathias Nouel
nouel@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 84


Communication
Bernadette Sabathier
sabathier@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 05 11
Exhibition Galerie VU’
Bookstore & Prints Sales
Caroline Bénichou
benichou@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 82
Delegated managers
General management
Xavier Soule

Agence VU'
Hôtel Paul Delaroche,
58 rue Saint Lazare
75009 Paris

 
Métro
Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves  

 
Phone+ 33 1 53 01 85 85

Agents


VU is represented by agents in the following countries for archives sales

Austria
APA picture desk
+ 43 1 36060 5959
office@picturedesk.com

China,
Hong Kong,
Taiwan

Imaginechina
+ 86 21 62723346
jerome@imaginechina.com

Germany
LAIF
+ 49 221 27 226 200
l.bober@laif.de

Holland
Hollandse Hoogte
+31 20 851 07 12
cila@hollandse-hoogte.nl

 

Italy
Karma Press Photo
+ 39 02 2610 819
elena@karmapressphoto.com

Japan
Aflo
+ 81 3 5550 2120
tomoko.tanaka@aflo.com

Poland
East News
+ 48 22 635 70 21
ewa.burdynska@eastnews.pl


Russia
East News
+ 7 495 680 60 66
liza@eastnews.ru

Sweden, Norway, Denmark
INA
+ 46 8-52210308
ina@inaagency.se

 

Switzerland
Keystone
+ 41 200 13 33
sales@keystone.ch

UK
Camera Press
+ 44 207 940 9137
y.aldsworth@camerapress.com

USA
Redux pictures
+ 1 212 253 0399
lorireese@reduxpictures.com

Spain
Cordon Press
+ 34 91 361 4552
tomas@cordonpress.com

For all other countries, please contact us directly.

Direct: 00 33 1 53 01 05 48
email: SÉBASTIEN DUPUY

Portfolio reviews

VU’s portfolio reviews for photographers who wish to join the agency:

• From Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 24, 2017, you can drop your work in our dedicated FTP server.

FTP address: 62.210.151.247
Login: photographe
Password : R9P2NgeSFc

ZIP files only: Please note you won’t see your files on the FTP after the uploading.

• If we are interested in your work, we would contact you to set up an appointment.

• If your work has not been selected, due to the large number of application, we won’t be able to provide any feedback. We will just send a notice saying we have reviewed your work.

Submission file:

The file must contain:

- the form filled with your details. Please, find the form bellow,
- a short biography (PDF),
- an overview of your work (40 images max.),
- one or two stories, with an introduction text (25 images max. per story).

Your pictures should be saved as JPEG, 1600 pixels resolution.
IPTC fields must be filled with captions, dates and places.
Do not send any slideshow.

THANK YOU !

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Press relases

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Bruno Boudjelal
L’Histoire est à Noue, 2017-04-14

Dans le cadre du Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris
Installations monumentales de photos personnelles des habitants du quartier de La Noue-Clos Français, entre Bagnolet et Montreuil.
Une initiative signée Bruno Boudjelal et l’association l’Art est à Noue.
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Amélie Landry
Les chemins égarés, 2017-01-12

Géographie sociale des lieux de sexualité entre hommes
Un projet cross-media : Création sonore / Exposition / Conférence / Livre

Des lieux de rencontres sexuelles, il y en a partout, mais pas n’importe où. Autrefois situés au cœur des centres urbains, on les trouve aujourd’hui presque exclusivement aux frontières ou hors des villes, mais leur localisation exacte échappe aux non-initiés. Les Chemins égarés est une réflexion sur ces espaces de liberté ou? s’exercent des désirs d’expériences entre hommes de tous âges et de tous horizons.
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 Latest Edited Book

 Natures


 Natures

Entre l'homme et la nature se tissent des liens indicibles, mystérieux, puissants. Le paysage, plan large ou plan serré, en présente d'innombrables traces, que la photographie révèle. Elle nous aide à déchiffrer le palimpseste du visible, à déceler dans le fouillis de la forêt de symboles chantée par Baudelaire un sens, une harmonie, une écriture. 
Le livre se présente comme une succession d'univers (la rivière, le marais, l'arbre, la terre, la mer, la montagne) dont l'exploration sollicite non seulement le regard, mais la mémoire la plus intime de chacun. 
Les photographies de Jean-Luc Chapin se construisent dans la contemplation des lumières d'hiver, des berges qui s'étirent sous le ciel plombé, des flaques lumineuses dans des crépuscules de suie, des plages de vase où des oiseaux ont laissé leurs empreintes, des marnes incertaines dans les lueurs de fin – ou de début – du monde : l'aube des formes. Elles cherchent les premiers tremblements de la vie, le contact avec la matière. L'anecdote n'y a pas sa place. 
Dans chaque partie alternent les visions larges et les détails dont sont faits les vastes paysages : végétaux, animaux, traces dans la terre molle, écorces, reflets... La marque du vivant recherchée dans l'inerte, la photographie faisant apparaître les indices de son émergence. La marque nette d'une patte d'oiseau peut être lue comme un idéogramme, de même que les graffiti gravés voici deux siècles dans l'écorce des hêtres, déformés par le temps, dessine sous nos yeux une écriture nouvelle. 
Les photographies sont en noir et blanc, travaillées en argentique. Les pages s'ouvrent sur le secret de correspondances imprévues. Le livre propose un récit, indique des passages d'une photo à l'autre, d'une page à l'autre, d'un chapitre à l'autre : le langage du monde. Les textes de Jean-Marie Laclavetine accompagnent cette méditation en images, sans les commenter mais en proposant un rythme, une musique, suivant l'itinéraire rêveur jalonné par les photographies – la «voix native» dont parle Muriel Barbery dans sa préface, où elle compare natures aux rouleaux de la Chine ancienne qui illustrent «la profonde solidarité de la nature et des signes».
  
Text by: Jean-Marie Laclavetine et préface de Muriel Barbery

Publisher: Gallimard (2017)

168 pages
Size: 22,5 x 25,5 cm

 Smoke & Mirrors


 Smoke & Mirrors

"To impress these complex sentiments that combine contemplation and decoding, comprehension and reverie, Guillaume Zuili resorts to the most photographic aspect in image production: the print. This provides a salutary reminder that a photograph only exists in virtual and ephemeral form—the most successful, apparently, today—if it does not take material form and become an object, were it only of paper and fragile. It is a reminder that these refined, masterfully produced sheets of paper shimmer with often uncontrollable changes in tonalities, endowing depth in both the velvety blacks and range of grays that modulate and caress the forms. This is where a perception of time resides, sometimes distracted beneath its charming appearance, and nudges us in the direction of dreams of palm trees and pinups, motifs employed by pop art and repurposed by advertising. Time is halted and simultaneously suspended, between a yesterday unknown by either the photographer or what he creates, and a today that he exploits to send us back to a universe that we are unable to see, that he brings into existence.
For us this is mostly certainly an illusion presenting itself as a reality, so much is it able to convince us by arousing memories, an allayed awareness of time, and a possible evasion in the dream that mellows the decor and opens a possible space for us. All this through matter and materials, sensualities couched and inscribed in the gelatin, the sheet of paper, and the successive layers worked by the light."
  
Text by: Christian caujolle

Publisher: Clémentine de la Féronnière (2017)

120 pages
Size: Relié toilé, 26 x 34

 The April Theses


 The April Theses

"In March 1917, Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov (Lenin), leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party left his exile in Zurich. Eight months later, he assumed the leadership of 160 million people occupying one-sixth of the world’s inhabited surface. On April 9th 1917, with the support of German authorities, at war with Russia at the time, he travelled back to his own country on a train across Germany, Sweden and Finland to reach Finland Station in St. Petersburg on April 16th where, after a decade in exile, he took the reins of the Russian Revolution. One month before, Czar Nicholas II had been forced from power when Russian army troops joined a workers’ revolt in Petrograd, the Russian capital. In a bullet point document, known as "The April Theses", Lenin called for the overthrow of the Provisional Government and outlines the strategy which, within seven months, will lead to the October Revolution and bring the Bolsheviks to power. 100 year later, I created a chronology of two weeks of Lenin's life just before the events that changed Russia and the entire world. In search of the original draft of “The April Theses”, I recreated and sometimes reenacted, on a real non-invented trip, Lenin’s epic journey inspired by the archival documents I found at the R.G.A.S.P.I. (Russian State Archive of Soviet Political History) and historical books including “To Finland Station” by Edmund Wilson and “The Sealed Train” by Michael Pearson. The final work is a collection of contemporary landscapes, forensic archival photographs and staged self-portraits which retrace a journey in space and time."
  
Text by: Davide Monteleone

Publisher: Edizioni Postcart (2017)

112 pages
Size: 16,8 x 23,6 cm

 Népal. Épiphanies du quotidien


 Népal. Épiphanies du quotidien

Nepal. Epiphanies of the Everyday

Nepal is most famous for its extraordinary geography, yet the everyday life its inhabitants is played out elsewhere. Since 1994, Frédéric Lecloux has been documenting its upheavals and tumultuous history, right up to the earthquake in 2015 and the mass migrations of its workers. These Everyday Epiphanies were created in the light of this documentary writing, on which they expand in their own poetic language.
  
Text by: Frédéric Lecloux

Publisher: Le bec en l'air (2017)

144 pages
Size: 25.5 x 28 cm

 La grande route par tous les temps


 La grande route par tous les temps

Récemment, cherchant à identifier ce que je prends quand je dis que je prends une photographie, ces mots sont venus : une photographie, une de ces images qui existent en moi, sans que je sache ni où ni sous quels traits, jusqu’au moment où me fait signe une vibration dans le réel – et scintille la découpe à y opérer pour que l’image prenne chair et s’apparie avec sa trace intérieure, latente encore une seconde plus tôt.
Dans les années 1990 je photographiais en sonnets. Je ne l’ai pas su de suite. J’ai longtemps cru que je les écrivais. Que je les avais écrits. Mais non. Je les ai reconnus, vibrant dans le réel, réclamant d’être appariés avec leur trace intérieure, et j’ai obtempéré, rien de plus. Je les ai recueillis, découpés dans le paysage au long des routes et des rails, des Monts Célestes à l’Ardenne, d’Ostende à Katmandou, de Bruxelles à la vallée de la Hunza. C’était il y a vingt-cinq ans, trente en comptant large – une paroi de temps. Quelques-uns l’ont traversée. Des images (des photographies ?), nées plus tard vers le lieu d’écriture de chaque sonnet, voudraient ouvrir des portes vers le dehors de ce qu’ils sont.

Frédéric Lecloux, janvier 2017
  
Text by: Frédéric Lecloux

Publisher: Arnaud Bizalion (2017)

132 pages
Size: 15 x 15,5 cm

 Edit Beijing


 Edit Beijing

Design by SYB. Edition limited to 500 copies with a signed c-print.

Color snapshots took in the street by south african photographer Guy Tillim during his artistic residency in Beijing
  
Text by: Guy Tillim

Publisher: Éditions Bessard (2017)

Size: 27,5 x 25,5 cm

 La pesanteur du lieu


 La pesanteur du lieu

La nuit est sublime, le jour est beau. Emmanuel Kant
La pesanteur du lieu est un projet réalisé dans le cadre d’une résidence de création au Domaine de Kerguéhennec, en Bretagne. Kerguéhennec est un centre d’art contemporain qui présente plus de 30 sculptures installées au milieu du paysage. C’est un lieu chargé de mémoire et de sens où d’autres artistes ont laissé leur empreinte.
La série explore le concept de “lieu” comme axe de lien émotionnel à travers l’obscurité, de la limite du représentable et de la perception de la réalité. La nuit apparaît comme outil de découverte, de mystère et de plaisir, comme un espace hiéroglyphique qui nous porte à imaginer quelque chose au-delà de ce que nous voyons réellement. Nous entrons dans le domaine du mental, de l’imperceptible, de la découverte.
C’est, en somme, une proposition plus sensorielle que raisonnée, emplie d’éléments intangibles qui apparaissent et disparaissent lentement à mesure que l’on tourne les pages.
Ce travail a été édité avec la participation du département du Morbihan dans le cadre d’une résidence de création d’Israel Ariño au Domaine de Kerguéhennec d’octobre à novembre 2016. Il a également reçu le soutien et la participation de la Galerie VU’ et de Grisart.
  

Publisher: Ediciones Anomalas (2017)

120 pages
Size: 32 x 24 cm

 Canada Canada


 Canada Canada

“Before I went to Canada, I felt that I was intimately familiar with this part of the world through the pursuit races, the butt stories and the tricks of North American cinema.” Canada Canada is a cinematic fantasy. Canada my own film where I am its main protagonist.

In this documentary series I have constructed the photographs as North American film excerpts in the style of those of Martin Scorcese, the Cohen brothers or Brian de Palma. Each image has its own scenario and each plays its own role in its own reality. A story that encourages us to imagine what happened before and after the shooting.
Canada is a land of welcome and reinvention. We are what we want without being held accountable. By immersing myself in the reality of my models I play with the potential life that could have in Canada, as if I were really the person I embody in the image. Sometimes my real life catches up with me. Seeing the photograph where I tenderly hold the hands of a beautiful woman in our VW combi, my wife worried, immediately telephoned me to find out if we were still together.
Rip Hopkins
  
Text by: Pépita Car

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)

300 pages
Size: 17 x 20 cm

 Autoportrait


 Autoportrait

Je me souviens que lors d’une agréable discussion sur la photographie, Edouard Boubat m’avait dit : finalement nous, les photographes, nous tournons inlassablement autour d’une même photographie, une sorte d’image parfaite, un graal que nous n’atteignons jamais, et qui serait un autoportrait idéal.
Le grand portraitiste américain Richard Avedon disait aussi : dans mes portraits, l’autre est le miroir de mes propres états d’âme.

Je pense qu’en effet, toute photographie est un autoportrait, plus ou moins abouti.
Il en va ainsi pour les portraits. L’autre est un miroir pour le photographe.

Ce livre réunit une soixantaine de portraits, de gens connus ou anonymes, d’Afrique, d’Asie, de France, de mon village ou de ma famille…une soixantaine de très beaux souvenirs, une soixantaine de personnes avec lesquelles je me suis retrouvé, avec qui je partage un certain nombre de valeurs et qui réalisent donc, collectivement et sans trop le savoir, un autoportrait !…
  
Text by: Bernard Descamps

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)

96 pages
Size: 21 x 30 cm

 Unknown #2


 Unknown #2

UNKNOWN #2 - THE ENDLESS REWORKING OF A BOOK.

In 2007, Stéphane Duroy published Unknown, an anthem to anonymous rebels and people in exile. A few years later, he remade the book by tearing the pages of the original edition and once the new version was completed, he repeated this method over the years to make 29 different and one-off variations of the same book.

What is to be said about this disconcerting, dizzy-making challenge? A displayed desire to be always re-writing the same story, differently? Does it call to mind the quest for a truth and its opposite, supreme chaos? Does it have to do both with the exercise of an extreme concentration and an anarchic outcome? At the beginning and end of Unknown, there is a geography, on the one hand of Europe and its centre, Germany and, on the other, North America, pivotal continent, mealting-pot of exiles and dreams, graveyard of dashed hopes and failures. And as in all geographies, there are rivalries here between centre and periphery, between new world and old, and armies of proletarians and exiles who periodically go from one to the other. At the origin of Unknown there is also the everlasting recommencement of a story, deliverance and oppression, going beyond history and oblivion. Horizon and loss.

Ezra Nahmad
  
Text by: Stéphane Duroy

Publisher: Filigranes Éditions (2017)

64 pages
Size: 24 x 33 cm

 Cespedosa


 Cespedosa

Catalogue of the exhibition at Tabacalera, Promocion del Arte, Madrid (16/09/2016 – 13/11/2016). The exhibition project of the winner of the National Price of Photography 2015, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, goes around the construction of the author’s memory in the form of a pictorial history through his 39 years of photographic production. The exhibition focuses on Cespedosa de Tormes, a small town of the Salamanque region where were born and lived the parents of the author.

Through 200 photographs gathered in six sections completed by three videos, Castro Prieto shows a Cespedosa that goes beyond descripting, beyond documenting and reveals itself like a magical place for the authors where unleashes his dreams and his creative instincts.
  
Text by: Chema Conesa, Publio Lopez Mondejar, Vicenta Hernandez, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto - en espagnol

Publisher: Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte / Aera de Cultura / Auht' Spirit (2016)

262 pages
Size: 27 x 22 cm
ISBN :8481816523

 Italia


 Italia

The artist Martin Bogren has spent most of the past three years in italy, capturing the country's atmosphere. This publication, beautifully designed by Greger Ulf Nilson, captures a historic traditional style of street photography and typifies a photographer's romantic notion of place.
  

Publisher: Bokforlaget Max Ström (2016)

80 pages
Size: 23,7x30,7cm

 Rescapés


 Rescapés

Les polaroids préparatoires des mises en scène de Bernard Faucon nous font entrer dans la fabrication de ses images, racontée pas à pas par Anaël Pigeat. La plupart ont disparus, seuls restent ces “rescapés”, reliques un peu sacrées, que le livre offre d’ausculter à la manière d’un archéologue.
  
Text by: Anaël Pigeat

Publisher: Éditions de l'Œil (2016)

294 pages
Size: 21 x 21 cm

 L’homme nouveau


 L’homme nouveau

Up to now, I have been photographing a lot of young girls, bring- ing back my childhood and adolescence through them. In these works, the rare masculine gures just played a secondary role.
With this series, I now want to explore the masculine identity in a moment of transition at the end of adolescence. When and how does the boy becomes man? What are the signs of this mutation? How is it diferent from the previous generations?
I produced this series mainly in St Petersburg where a new generation of Russians emerges, born at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse.
Sons of the new middle class, those young Russians are now twenty and at the opposite of their parents: they come from all over Russia and chose St Petersburg as the place of their new life.
At odds with an entangled Russia stuck by the heaviness of its structures, they are rmly modern, interested in art and culture, connected with the rest of the world, and they appropriate the codes of the running world.
That new “new man” de ning himself there is a witness of the mutations of our time.
— Claudine Doury
  
Text by: Dominique Baqué

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie Particulière) (2016)

72 pages
Size: 22 x 33,5 cm

 Srebrenica, nuit à nuit


 Srebrenica, nuit à nuit

On 9th July 1995, the Serbian army attacked Srebrenica’s Muslim ghetto. Nearly 8,000 people were massacred in three days. In Bosnia, and in the rest of the world, the former spa town becomes the symbol of former Yugoslavia's barbarity. Twenty years after what remains the greatest slaughter in Europe after the Second World War, the city’s history seems frozen in obscurity. A new generation, however, is travelling its ruins and learning as much as it can from its consequences.
This series of photographs by Adrien Selvert, annotated with text by New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, has won numerous awards including the Prix Maison Blanche 2015.
  
Text by: Roger Cohen

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)

88 pages
Size: 19 x 25 cm
ISBN :978-2-36744-091-0

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