Montier Photo Festival

Biographie

Montier Photo Festival

LAURENT BAHEUX

  France

  http://LAURENTBAHEUX.COM

  For nearly 20 years, Laurent has been observing the ups and downs of the wild world through his lens. A vocation that came to him «in reaction to the madness of men». Born in 1970 in Poitiers, he began his career as a self-taught photographer in the early 1990s, at the time of the argentic the film, as a photographer in the regional sports press. To make his way in the profession, he moved to Paris where he worked for the major photo agencies and media specialized in international sports news. In 2002, tired of city life and of the fast pace of the sporting events calendar, he turned to Africa and the wildlife of large terrestrial mammals. In 2007, after 5 years of shooting in the savannah, he began to show his images of wildlife, taken instinctively. In 2009, he published his first book from his African work: «Terre des Lions» then «D'ivoire & D'ébène» in 2011. In 2013, he became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and participated in the Wild & Precious anti-poaching campaign. Since then, he has been campaigning for respect for life and natural habitats, against captivity and animal exploitation and actively supports several organizations for the protection of animals and wild territories. Acclaimed for their aesthetic strength and authenticity, Laurent’s photos are the subject of books, publications, exhibitions, conferences and are exhibited in galleries in France and abroad. Since 2018 he works with SONY ALPHA boxes and SONY G MASTER optics. Ambassador of the brand.

Exposition

 

With ELEPHANT, Laurent Baheux describes nearly 20 years of unforgettable encounters with this animal emblematic of Africa and which does not stop wondering him, revealing at each new meeting another facet. In Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Tanzania, he crossed paths with these mammals who embody the wild world, its beauty and its mysteries with such majesty.  "Laurent Baheux ne photographie pas des animaux. Il guette des proches à peau épaisse, observe des cousins savaneux, scrute des amis barrissants, nous introduit auprès d’étranges colocataires du globe" - Alexandre Jardin The photographer has chosen a series of black and white photographs to tell how closely the elephant is linked to the equilibrium of the living world and that he sends us, like mirrors, to our own completion, unavoidable ; we who resemble it so much, so strong and so fragile at the same time."Si le monde ne peut plus s’offrir le luxe de cette beauté naturelle, c’est qu’il ne tardera pas à succomber à sa propre laideur et qu’elle le détruira... Je sens profondément que le sort de l’homme, et sa dignité, sont en jeu chaque fois que nos splendeurs naturelles — océans, forêts ou éléphants — sont menacées de destruction." - Romain Gary

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