Garielle Duplantier is a Franco-American-Azorean photographer born in 1978. She lives and works in Bayonne, France.
Gabrielle Duplantier studied fine arts and history of art in the university of Bordeaux.
Back then, photography, which she had practiced since a young age, was a mere pastime.
Once she got her diploma, she decided to become independent and settled in Paris, where she worked as a photographer’s assistant or as a set photographer.
On 2002 Gabrielle moved back to the Basque country. She was inspired by this beautiful and fascinating place and began a series of images where landscapes, people and animals were captured in impressionistic photographs.
Gabrielle Duplantier’s photographic world seems to be wilfully detached from historical or social reality. Thus, her topics are not really thematic; she is on a quest for beautiful images that exist for themselves, outside of any context.
Between “accidental” shots and dark room experiments, it took her time to develop her own photographic style, inspired by painters, an essentially feminine and intimate world which shows the magic of ordinary life, with a sombre use of black and white.
Parallel to her many collaborations with the press, publishers or musicians, Gabrielle Duplantier pursued her personal work on the female portrait, one of her favourite topics. Another source of inspiration is Portugal, her home country, which she visits on a regular basis.
Her work has often been exhibited and published in France and abroad. She published many books, such as Chapelles du Pays Basque and La mer console de toutes les laideurs with writer Marie Darrieussecq at Editions Cairn, Les enfants d’ici at Editions Lezards qui bougent, then in 2014 Volta (meaning “return” in Portuguese) followed by Terres Basses in 2019, both at Editions Lamaindonne.
In 2012, Gabrielle Duplantier appeared in MONO, published by Gomma books, a monograph of the best present-day black and white photographers, along with artists such as Michael Ackerman, Trent Parke, Anders Petersen, and Roger Ballen.
She also collaborated with the Temps Zéro collective, a collective artistic project which married sound to photographic or video images.
Gabrielle Duplantier is currently represented by Galerie 127.
2004 – Bardos / General Council of the Pyrénées Atlantiques, France
2006 – Cloister of Urdax, Spain
2007 – Paesaggi interiori, Festival Triestèfotographia, Trieste, Italy
2008-2009 – Intimate landscapes/ Ikuspegi goxoak, traveling exhibition, Alliances Françaises, Spain
2010 – Centro Cultural Lugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
2012 – Anne Broitman Gallery, Biarritz, France
2012 – Local children – Rencontre Improbable festival, Bayonne, France
2013 CCAS – Bordeaux City Hall, France
2014 – Local children – Basque and History Museum of Bayonne, France
2015 – Volta – UFPA Museum, Belem, Brazil
2015 – Dantza Izpiak – Basque Cultural Institute – Biarritz and Bordeaux, France
2017 – Volta – Espace St Cyprien, Toulouse, France
2017 – Looking at the Basque Country – Mériadek Media Library, France
2004 – Winners of the Agfa Prize / Comptoir du Marais, Paris, France
2005 – Cycle Keep the distance, Espace Lhomond, Paris, France
2006 – Independence Fair, Enghien-les-Bains, France
2008 – Charlet’s photographers, Center Iris, Paris, France
2008 – I bought me a cat, b-gallery, Rome, Italy
2008 – Laureates Photographic Speech, Vendôme, France
2009 – 7 photographers at the P.basque/ Basque Museum, Bayonne, France
2008 – Month off photography, Cartonnerie, Paris, France
2009 – International festival of photography, Pingyao, China
2016 – Les Nuits Noires Photographique, with Jane Evelyn Atwood, Arts and Culture Forum, Talence, France.
2017 – Young Generation / CNAP / Niort Villa Pérochon and Sète Festival.
2018 – Eyes Wild Open / About a Trembling Photography. Botanical Museum Brussels.
2007 – Exiles, 9 photographers, 9 visions. Paris, France
2013 – Itineraries of traveling photographers – Bordeaux, France
2013 – Temps Zero, screening and concert – Paris, Toulouse, Berlin
2014 – COIL PROJECT – Television Control Center, Athens, Greece
2015 – Mercadodonegro – Montevideo, Uruguay
2015 – GETXOPhoto Festival, Getxo, Spain
2015 – Time Zero, Encontros da imagem, Braga, Portugal
2015 – Angkor Photo Festival, Angkor, Cambodia
2016 – Time Zero, Greece and Rome
2003 – Winners of the Grand Concours Agfa
2005 – Coup de Coeur Portrait Talent Grant
2008 – Laureates Photographic Word Actuphoto,
2017 – Grant from the Ministry of Culture and the CNAP, Youth-Generation Order
FNAC collection and numerous private collections.
Chapels of the Basque Country , Editions Cairn, 2009
The sea consoles all ugliness , Texts by Marie Darrieussecq, Editions Cairn, 2012
Children from here , Editions Lezards qui Bougent 2012
Mono, Collection of contemporary black and white photography, Gomma Books, 2012
(monograph of international photographers such as Anders Petersen, Mikael Ackerman, Trent Park, Roger Ballen.
Volta , Gabrielle Duplantier, preface by Maylis de Kerangal, Editions Lamaindonne, 2014
Lowlands , Gabrielle Duplantier, Editions Lamaindonne, 2018