David BARRIET, David BENASSAYAG & Béatrice DIDIER
Live and work in Cherbourg-Octeville and Paris.
In 1996, David Barriet, David Benassayag and Béatrice Didier started up Le Point du Jour, a publishing house specialising in photography, then in 1999, the Regional Photographic Centre at Cherbourg-Octeville, which has organised more than sixty exhibitions, projections, meetings and residencies. In 2008, they took over a building designed by Éric Lapierre (winner of a prestigious architectural award) and since then it has flourished in its twin roles as art centre and publisher. There have been exhibitions of Lynne Cohen, Mikaël Levin, Helen Levitt, Joachim Mogarra, Maxence Rifflet and Gilles Saussier. At the same time, there have been regular activities for the public. Every two years, Le Point du Jour administers an ‘artist-in-residence’ project, leading to an exhibition and a book, and the Prix Roland Barthes, an award for research in photography.
David Barriet was born in 1970 in the North of France. He has worked in journalism as a member of a photographic department and as an independent photographer. Until 2002, he also worked on projects of his own, with exhibitions at Pôle Image Haute-Normandie (Rouen) and at the Caen Arthothèque.
David Benassayag was born in 1970 in Paris. He studied literature at the Sorbonne University, before completing a master’s degree in publishing at the University of Paris XIII. He has worked as an editor and as a publisher’s assistant.
Béatrice Didier was born in 1964 in Paris. She has worked as a journalist and as the manager of theatre and dance companies. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Grenoble-Stendhal.
David Barriet, David Benassayag and Béatrice Didier were nominators for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles 2011. They nominated the following artists: Joachim Mogarra; Lynne Cohen and Rut Blees Luxemburg.