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Bertrand Carriere

Born in 1957 in Ottawa, Bertrand Carriere lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

It's been twenty years since Bertrand Carrière has started his work as a freelance photographer. His landscapes, documentary photography, and series exploring photographic narration, can be found in private and museum collections. He contributes regularly to exhibitions and publications in Canada and throughout Europe.


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Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Following Strand (2011)

Between 1926 and 1936, the American photographer Paul Strand spent two summers in the Gaspe peninsula. He was motivated by the desire to work on large areas in which he looked for a unity in the components. The trip to Gaspe in 1929 represents the first attempt to interpret the essential nature of a place and its inhabitants. It is also his first attempt to photograph landscapes and make visual relationships between sky and earth. He started making portraits of the inhabitants of this region in 1936. Bertrand Carrière went on Paul Strand footsteps freely inspired by the spirit of Strand's images. He offers his own vision of the essential nature of what is now the Gaspé.

What remains, France (2009)

Produced between 2005 and 2009 in France and Belgium, this project aims to understand what the War has left in the memory of the territory. This path led me to what was called the Western Front, from the valley of the Somme in Picardy, Artois, Pas-de-Calais to Belgium in the vast fields of Flanders. In these once devastated landscapes, full of great darkness, I wanted to return the portion of light, this really light of both North I'm fond of. I tried to circumvent the strict accuracy of the facts and instead of it I exploited the places and the horizontality of the plains. It is in these landscapes injured in any singular topography that we can experiment untamed beauty. After the...

Here (2008)


Caux, France (2003)

The genesis of this project dates back to 2002 with the creation of a temporary installation on the beach in Dieppe. Here, 913 portraits of men were lying on the shingle beach, during a tide. The installation called Jubilee symbolically marked the 60th anniversary of the infamous raid on Dieppe, on the 19th of August 1942, (known as Operation Jubilee) where 913 Canadian soldiers have fallen in just a few hours in what we consider to be the worst military disaster in the country. Several portraits installed on the beach were swept away by the sea. In this landscape often monochrome I photographed the raw material using the faded colors and minimal locations. The chalk stone in shades of...

Jubilee, France (2002)

This planting has its origin in the stories that my father told me of the raid on Dieppe. My father did not go to war. But because he worked in the railways, he has seen many people leaving and saw many of them coming back in a terrible state. He lost some of his very good friends. His stories were full of bitterness, these words were very hard. He spoke of a real disaster, a colossal mistake, the feeling that men had been killed in a lost cause. Much later, I was interested in this tragic story. I better understood the social and political impact of the raid over Dieppe on the country, how it scored the collective memory, becoming almost a myth.

Signs of day (2001)

These signs of day are not presentations of light. There are rather dim, even a bit murky. The water that we see moving is not transparent. It's full of obscure reflections. The surface is a shroud to the indistinct image. The bottom remains invisible. On the contrary, it escapes. The woods. meanwhile, are only bushes, bare branches watching the mystery of the path we should take to cross.

Books

Après Strand

Tracing the steps of the iconic photographer Paul Strand, who photographed Quebec's Gaspe region in 1929 and again in 1938, contemporary photographer Bertrand Carriere revisits both the artist and the land. This new series of photographs, some with the same views as Strand, testifies to the profound transformation of what was once a remote territory of fishing villages. The fishing industry is dead, the cod shacks are gone and the older fishermen have sold their licenses. Far from evoking classic views tinged with nostalgia, Carriere's photographs are documentary works about territory, people and landscapes.
Text by: Bernard Lamarche, Franck Michel et Alexander Reford

Publisher: Musee de Rimouski / ABC Art Books Canada (2011)
80 pages
ISBN :2923525310   

Dieppe, Paysages et Installations

Soixante ans après le raid raté de Dieppe, le photographe Bertrand Carrière apporte 913 portraits d’hommes sur cette plage de Haute-Normandie afin de créer une installation photographique éphémère, condamnée à être détruite par le vent et la marée montante. Jubilee réunit des centaines de visages d’hommes muets, prêtant leur image à celle de ceux qui sont disparus là, en août 1942. Ce livre nous permet de saisir l’ampleur du geste symbolique pour la mémoire et la paix que nous offre l’artiste.
Text by: Béatrice Richard, André-Louis Paré, Didier Mouchel et Bertrand Carrière.

Publisher: les 400 coups (2006)
128 pages
ISBN :2-89540-273-6   

Hivers


Text by: Bertrand Carrière

Publisher: Les 400 coups (2003)
116 pages

Signes du jour

Les photographies que l'on prend sont censées représenter le présent. Celles que l'on regarde nous permettent de réintégrer le passé. Le futur, lui, échappe au photographique. Mais est-ce bien le cas? Dans signes de jour, le passé se mêle au présent dans un état de conscience que l'on appelle l'état photographique. Mais les images de Bertrand Carrière déploient une temporalité plus complexe encore, la possibilité pour la photographie de fixer des images que l'on pourra reconnaître après coup, comme s'il s'agissait là de présages.
Text by: Martha Langford

Publisher: Les 400 coups (2002)
144 pages
Size: 21x26
ISBN :2895400822   

Voyage à domicile

Avec Voyage à domicile, Bertrand Carrière explore le territoire de l'intie en livrant un album de famille touchant et troublant. L'approche est audacieuse, les images parfois débordantes de sensualité, parfois pleine d'un drame mystérieux, d'une tension qui se cristallise dans une posture, un cadre, une lumière. Véritable "photo-biographie", Voyage à domicile plonge dans l'immensité qui est en nous, offre une représentation pleine de mystère du temps qui fuit et nous échappe.
Text by: Sylvain Campeau

Publisher: Images, les 400 coups (1997)
96 pages
Size: 28,4x19 cm
ISBN :2-921620-60-x   

Temoin de l'ombre

Depuis 1981, Bertrand Carrière travaille comme photographe de plateau. Au cours des années, il a tourné son regard vers les équipes de tournages, saisissant leurs gestes, leurs poses, leurs rites. En prolongement à ces photos, Carrière réalisé pour le magazine 24 images des portraits de cinéastes et d'acteurs. Témoin de l'ombre résume plus de douze ans d'observation, livrant les t races des drames et des comédies qui se jouent derrière ou à côté de la caméra.
Text by: Marcel Jean

Publisher: Images, les 400 coups (1995)
95 pages
ISBN :2-921620-50-2   

Exhibitions



Then and Now (Péronne cedex)
From 2011-09-17 to 2011-12-04

Produced between 2005 and 2009 in France and Belgium, this project aims to understand what the War has left in the memory of the territory. This path led me to what was called the Western Front, from the valley of the Somme in Picardy, Artois, Pas-de-Calais to Belgium in the vast fields of Flanders. In these once devastated landscapes, full of great darkness, I wanted to return the portion of light, this really light of both North I'm fond of. I tried to circumvent the strict accuracy of the facts and instead of it I exploited the places and the horizontality of the plains. It is in these...

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Après Strand (Rimouski, Québec)
From 2011-06-19 to 2011-10-02

Rimouski Regional Museum presents, during all summer, the "After Strand" project, a serie of 30 colourful images made in 2010, a tribute to Paul Strand’s work in Gaspesie region in 1929 and 1936.

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Lieux mêmes (Montréal (Québec) )
From 2010-03-31 to 2010-05-01

Carrière retraces the footsteps of an unknown World War I photographer introduced to him through a photo album he discovered by chance. In 2005, Carrière and historian Guth Desprez started to investigate the deeper history surrounding the found photo album. They travelled to Europe, with the photo album as their guide, in order to retrace the path of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. By photographing the locations in the soldier’s images, Carrière explores the themes of memory and history through the changing landscape. They visited the long list of places marked by the horrendous...

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Lieux mêmes (Toronto)
From 2009-10-31 to 2009-11-21

The gallery is pleased to announce its fifth exhibition of work by Bertrand Carrière. In “Lieux Mêmes”, Carrière retraces the footsteps of an unknown World War photographer introduced to him through a photo album he discovered by chance. In 2005, Bertrand Carrière (b. Ottawa, Canada, 1957) and historian Guth Desprez started to investigate the deeper history surrounding a found photo album. They travelled to Europe, with the photo album as their guide, in order to retrace the path of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. By photographing the locations in the soldier’s images, Carrière...

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