Born in 1964 in Marseille (France).
Lives and works in Paris.
Jean-Christophe Béchet is happy to switch from colour to black and white, or digital to film, or 24×36 to medium, choosing the format to suit the project. He works in the tradition of “street photography”, whether American, French or Japanese, and considers it important to stick with reality and the subjective, unposed document, in these days when everything (the art market, “image rights”, digital retouching) is nudging photographers towards staged photography.
He seeks to avoid creating introverted series, preferring to capture something specifically photographic. With every book he publishes, he constructs a subjective approach in which his view of reality creates a dialogue with the specific nature of the medium he has chosen. The place of the individual in contemporary landscape, whether urban or rural, is what concerns him most. Work in progress is a study of his native city, Marseille and, at the same time, a series photographed in the mountains. His work has been exhibited extensively and has led to the publication of eight monographs. He is represented by the Photo4 gallery, Paris, and Les Douches gallery, Paris.
Jean-Christophe Béchet presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles:
In 2006 : Urban Policies, There are some towns…
In 2010 : France 14
In 2012 : Accidents