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BOURCART, Jean-Christian

PORTRAIT-BOURCARTBorn in 1960 in Colmar, France.

Lives and works in New York, United-States.


Jean-Christian Bourcart has lived and worked in New York since 1997.In 2008, his illustrated autobiography was published by Editions du Point du Jour.For the “Stardust” series (2006), he photographed the blurred image on the window in cinemas that separates the projection room from the auditorium.During the summer of 2005, he projected images of Iraqi casualties onto American houses (“Collatéral”).

In 2004, his series “Traffic” showed New Yorkers stuck in jams. A portraitist but also a specialist in intimist subjects, he secretly photographed and then filmed the brothels of Frankfurt (“Madonnes Infertiles”) and New York’s swinging clubs (“Forbidden City”, 1999) .His work received and the Prix du Jeu de Paume in 2007, the Prix Gilles Dusein in 1999, a World Press Photo prize in 1991 and a Polaroid International Photography Award in 1984. 

His photographs are held in the collections of MoMA in New York, of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, of France’s National Collection of Contemporary Art (FNAC), of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and of MAMCO in Geneva. He is represented by Galerie VU’ in Paris and by Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York.


Jean-Christian Bourcart presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles several times: in 2007 taking part in the collective exhibition Madame la Présidente; in 2008, The most beautiful day of a life at the Atelier de Maintenance; in 2009: Jean-Christian Bourcart at the Capitole and at the Atelier de Mécanique: Cambden, New Jersey.