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Photographers Agency

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.


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Portfolio reviews

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

• From September 5 until Septembre 17, you can drop your work in our dedicated FTP server.

FTP address:
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, dimension 1400 px, 72DPI.
IPTC fields must be filled with captions, dates and places.
Do not send any slideshow.


Form download


Agence VU, Media Department

This three months internship has to be done with a university or school agreement.

You will assist the media department’s team in the registration of new features by VU photographers (filing ; editing ; keywords…).

Fluent French and English speaking and writing are essential in order to write and translate the captions, synopsis and Agence Vu website’s content.

Contact :

 Latest Edited Book



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 (2017)

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) (2017)

72 pages
Size: 22 x 33,5 cm



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


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

 Srebrenica, nuit Ă  nuit

 Srebrenica, nuit Ă  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

 Les Chemins Ă©garĂ©s

 Les Chemins Ă©garĂ©s

Cruising sites can be found everywhere but not just anywhere. Once located in the heart of urban centres, today they are nearly exclusively located on the city limits or outside of cities: disused industrials zones, scrublands, motorway rest areas, and coastal dunes... Autonomous and free spaces, their exact location escapes the consciousness of the non-initiated.
The Wayward Paths is an exploration of these sites of freedom where, despite the fear of police raids or gangs, despite threats of administrative closure, desires for free experiences between men of all ages and from all walks of life continue to be exercised.
Text by: Laurent Gaissad & Mathieu Riboulet

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air Editions (2016)

184 pages
Size: 16,2 x 22,5 cm

 Se mettre au monde

 Se mettre au monde

Le photographe Steeve Iuncker a mené une recherche de plusieurs années sur le passage de l’enfance à l’âge adulte, interrogeant l’absence de «rites de passage» clairement identifiés dans nos sociétés laïques. Ses images captent des actes d’adolescents qui s’apparentent à des rites inconscients. Prises de risques, quête d’oubli comme une forme de mort et de renaissance, flirt avec les limites, actes transformateurs : le photographe tisse un paysage visuel subtil de la mue et esquisse un portrait nuancé d’une jeunesse en quête de soi.

Ces photographies, réalisées à la chambre argentique puis transformées par un tirage au charbon Fresson quadrichrome, sont accompagnées des textes de Caroline Recher, historienne de l’art, et de David Le Breton, anthropologue.
Text by: Caroline Recher et David Le Breton

Publisher: Le bec en l'air Ă©ditions (2016)

96 pages
Size: 22.5 x 28.5 cm



I have been working as a documentary photographer for nearly thirty years. Over the past decade I have photographed life in the townships of Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Mitchell's Plain outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My work there began during a Guggenheim Fellowship year for my exploration of the culture of amateur boxing. During my trip, I met people living in Langa and Khayelitsha and began photographing the Luvuyo Boxing Club in Khayelitsha. I felt uncomfortable as another white person with a camera, photographing people with less resources and access to power. Subsequently, I cut my trip short, unsure of the work I was doing and who would actually benefit from it. Upon my return to the States, I looked at the pictures I had made decided to go back to learn more, to further explore post-apartheid life in black communities. After over a dozen trips and more than a thousand rolls of film, I began to believe that the pictures mattered-they were not about people as victims, or about poverty, or any of those things we imagine life in black South African townships to be.
Outside the cities frequented by tourists and business travelers, in vibrant townships, I found beauty and strength and all the contradictions of being human in the people I photographed; a preacher testifying to his rapt congregation; a couple's loving embrace at day’s end; the proud regard of my friend Sindi in her traditional Xhosa dress; the moving funeral of a young Sotho man; the poetry and grace of a girl dancing on a warm Sunday afternoon; and the striking face of “Dream Girl,” a young woman studying to be a traditional healer, a “sangoma."

This work has taken me into classrooms of overcrowded schools, the emergency room of an underfunded government hospital, burgeoning churches and the homes of those who live there. With South Africa’s current political climate, economic instability and increasing social unrest, these images serve as a reminder of all that is at stake in this fragile new democracy.

From my first body of work, on Basque life and culture in southwest France, to this current project, I have worked in the humanist tradition of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Eugene Richards and Peter Magubane, striving to make images that foster empathy, understanding, and social change. I endeavor to honestly portray the rich and full range of day-to-day experience of the people I encounter. I have launched this campaign to raise money to defray the costs of a book of these photographs that I am thrilled to be co-publishing with Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere. "
Text by: Phillip Prodger et Sipho Mpongo

Publisher: Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere (2016)

144 pages
Size: 25 x 28 cm



Denis Dailleux est célèbre pour le portrait inédit et passionné de l’Égypte qu’il élabore depuis plus de quinze ans. En quête de nouveaux espaces de création, il se rend aussi régulièrement au Ghana depuis 2009. Les pêcheurs du port de James Town, ancien quartier d’Accra, la capitale, sont devenus l’un de ses sujets favoris. Il trouve au sein de cette communauté une source d’images fortes?: marines aux ciels changeants, ballets des pêcheurs, vie des femmes et des enfants qui travaillent sur le port… Il y explore de nouvelles relations au corps et à l’espace, à la vie et à la mort, à la religion, à la mer, qui renouvellent sa photographie. La sérénité, l’évidence picturale de ses images réenchantent un monde et des territoires aujourd’hui menacés et sont, à ce titre, d’autant plus précieuses.
Text by: Denis Dailleux

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)

112 pages
Size: 20 x 29 cm

 Insert Coins

 Insert Coins

In Las Vegas, everything seems possible, indifference above all. "Insert Coins is a blues" in the words of the author. Its pace is melancholic and dark, intertwined with a poem that makes the unacceptable watchable, injecting humanity where the die is definitely cast.

Christian Lutz shows a committed approach, he comments on a political, commercial and religious project. Born in Switzerland in 1973, living in Geneva, he started to follow the tradition of documentary photography before engaging in his own path with a singular distance from reality.
With Insert Coins, he felt the need to confront the manufacturing of illusion, the very symbol of entertainment made in USA. And take a close look behind the lights of a system of deleterious values.

Publisher: André Frère Éditions (2016)

96 pages
Size: 19 x 24 cm

 Givaudan, une odyssĂ©e des arĂ´mes et des parfums

 Givaudan, une odyssĂ©e des arĂ´mes et des parfums

Acteur majeur du monde de la parfumerie et des arômes alimentaires, la maison Givaudan est à l’origine de nombreuses créations olfactives et gustatives. Depuis 250 ans elle innove et insuffle les tendances et crée aussi de nouveaux goûts s’attachant les savoir-faire de grands chefs toqués afin d’élaborer les arômes de mets d’exception accessibles à tous. Au fil des pages, sera racontée la formidable aventure des parfums et arômes à travers le monde.
Text by: Caroline Champion, Annick Le Guerer, Brigitte Proust

Publisher: Editions de La Martinière (2016)

248 pages
Size: 24 x 31 cm

 Belgian Blue Blood

 Belgian Blue Blood

British photographer Rip Hopkins presents us here with a surprising range of 96 portraits he made in Belgium, the country of aristocracy.
Belgian historian Olivier de Trazegnies explores the paradoxes of Belgian aristocracy, while French Author Pauline de la Boulaye, like a botanist pinning a butterfly, examines closely these representations of nobility .
For each family portrayed, its history, titles and motto are explained.
Text by: Olivier de Trazegnies et Pauline de La Boulaye

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2016)

240 pages
Size: 25 x 34 cm

 Miguel de Cervantes or the Wish to Live

 Miguel de Cervantes or the Wish to Live

“In this project, no doubt one of the most personal in which I have been involved to date, I set out to address unreservedly the difficult and fascinating relationship – which for me is essential – between image and word, photography and literature, always on the basis of the importance that I, as a photographer, attach to the idea of the trace (as opposed to that of aura). To explore all this, I took the liberty of working on the life and oeuvre of one of the greatest writers not only of Spain but of universal literature: Miguel de Cervantes. I was incessantly plagued by surprises and uncertainty. It was quite a bold undertaking.” José Manuel Navia.
Text by: José Manuel Navia

Publisher: Ediciones Anomalas (Coedition: Acción Cultural Española) (2015)

144 pages
Size: 24 x 22 cm

 Ultimo Domicilio

 Ultimo Domicilio

En décrivant ces maisons, Castore dépeint aussi leurs habitants, mais ce qui semble finalement à sortir de la dentelle, est un autoportrait de l'auteur lui-même à la recherche de son passé et de l'avenir identity. Par une sorte de processus de la photosynthèse, les nombreux symboles et les littéraires et artistiques references - émotionnels - semblent représenter un portrait de famille définitif, la maison ultime de choix.
Recherche petite presque proustien de Castore, est articulée en sept un chapters - pour chaque maison.
Sept, comme les mystères, comme les cieux et les mers anciennes. Protégé par ce nombre magique, nous nous aventurons à la recherche de l'équilibre parfait, du paradis perdu, l'archétype de la maison idéale: un lieu où la poésie plane au-dessus de tout, où nous pouvons mettre ensemble les morceaux d'un puzzle, déballer une valise et de l'ordre une collection de muses, des héros et divinités protectrice.
Laura Serani
Text by: Laura Serani

Publisher: L’Artiere (2015)

106 pages
Size: 24,5x30,5

 J'avais posĂ© le monde sur la table

 J'avais posĂ© le monde sur la table

Ce livre à caractère monographique offre une formidable perspective sur l’œuvre de Gérard Rondeau, des coulisses si singulières des musées à ses nombreux portraits de peintres et d’écrivains contemporains réalisés pour Le Monde, de ses pérégrinations avec l’écrivain Bernard Frank à son travail engagé auprès des humanitaires de Médecins du Monde, sans oublier sa collaboration avec le grand peintre Rebeyrolle.

J’avais posé le monde sur la table évoque les allers et retours de Rondeau entre le siège de Sarajevo et l’Est de la France, dans une géographie des traces de la guerre, mais aussi du temps, 14-18, 1992-1996, un voyage singulier qui s’appuie sur sa fréquentation à la fois des lieux de la Première guerre mondiale et de ceux de la Bosnie-Herzégovine en guerre.
La confrontation des images se fait de manière géographique - une photographie de voyages –, mais aussi de manière très picturale – les paysages d’ici et d’ailleurs – ; un Maroc en hommage à Delacroix dialogue avec une chronique rémoise dans une lecture très personnelle de la ville à travers les jeunes rebelles du "Grand Jeu".

L’on découvre aussi des photographies très personnelles de Rondeau, à la fois poétiques et surréalistes, notamment par son travail « sur l’écrit » et par celui sur le corps.

Catalogue de l’exposition éponyme qui se tient à Reims pendant tout l’hiver 2015-2016, l’ouvrage s’attarde également sur la Champagne, des portraits anonymes réalisés à la fin des années 80 à l’approche singulière de la cathédrale de Reims.
Text by: Christian Caujolle, Jean Clair, Philippe Dagen, Bernard Frank, Olivier Frébourg, Jean-Paul Kauffmann et Bernard Noël.

Publisher: Equateurs (2015)

288 pages
Size: 22 x 28,5 cm

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