Bernard Descamps


La plage © Bernard Descamps, Deauville, 2016

Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2016

Bernard Descamps signed his first publication in 1974, for the Swiss magazine Camera. In the following years, he has been exhibiting his works with Bernard Plossu, Bruno and Kuligowski, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, during an exhibition organized by Jean-Claude Lemagny. A series of collective and personal exhibitions were later organized in France and abroad, particularly: in 1976 with André Kertész at the Leverkusen Museum (Germany), in 1978 at the Centre Georges Pompidou for a personal exhibition, and in 1983 for Sahara, an exhibition presented at the Agathe Gaillard Gallery in Paris.
In 1986, he was one of the founding members of the Agence VU. Eight years later, he founded, in collaboration with Françoise Huguier, the Rencontres de la photographie africaine de Bamako.
His works have recently been exhibited at the Sauroy Hotel in a retrospective presented in autumn 2015, and leading to the publication of a new book titled Où sont passés nos rêves ? (Filigranes editions).
Bernard Descamps is represented by the Camera Obscura Gallery of Paris and the Box galerie of Bruxelles.

In Deauville for the Planche(s) Contact Festival

Bernard Descamps, master of the black and white photography, loves the shapes of beaches and deserts, the birds in the sky and the seaside lights. Bernard Descamps, having a singular sensitivity for framing and composition, has been using since the 1980s the squared format filtering and recomposing the African landscapes, the roads of Tokyo or the Northern beaches in winter.
In Deauville he assumes his favourite role: he is a photographer and traveler, who walks for long time around the town and on the beach, through empty or crowded places, during the week or in the weekend. In this way, he reveals all the shades and lights of the city.