Portrait Gabrielle Duplantier


Gabrielle Duplantier


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