Gérard Rondeau was born in Châlons-sur-Marne on April 10, 1953 in a family of teachers. He studied at Reims, then, from 1974 to 1976, led the Alliance française de Kandy (Sri Lanka). The discovery of Henri Cartier-Bresson About the USSR book in the library of the Alliance, will be a revelation. Back in Champagne, he engages in self-taught photography.
For more than twenty years, he will create a kind of companionship with the newspaper Le Monde, performing a very large collection of portraits of contemporary painters and writers. Strong friendships are born from these meetings. He photographed the painter Paul Rebeyrolle in action, travelled with the novelist Yves Gibeau the battlefields of the First World War. With the Ysaÿe Quartet, he visits the great scenes of the world. With the writer Bernard Frank, he carries out the inventory of the streets of his life, goes up the Marne with Jean-Paul Kauffmann.
The work of Gérard Rondeau is represented by Vu agency.
A tireless traveller, Gérard Rondeau criss-crosses the world but remains deeply linked to his native Champagne where he chose to live, taking a fresh look at the landscapes and the people who compose it. He rediscovers the hidden treasures of the Cathedral of Reims. He explores the backstage of museums for twenty years, chronicles life in Sarajevo during the siege, paints a portrait of contemporary Morocco in a dialogue beyond time with the painting and drawings of Delacroix, writes the hidden side of the Tour de France. For fifteen years, he accompanied the missions of Doctors of the World throughout the world.
From the National Galleries of the Grand Palais in Paris to the National Gallery in Jakarta, from the European House of Photography in Paris to the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, from the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Gérard Rondeau presented many personal exhibitions. In Istanbul, New York, Sarajevo, Rome, he invented particular series.
Gérard Rondeau traveled in a black and white world, he took endless paths, searched for the traces of forgotten steps, played with words, shadow games and silences, he put together stories and restored suffering worlds.
Gérard Rondeau passed away on September 13, 2016.
Gérard Rondeau received the «Artist of the Year Award»in the «Plastic Arts» category inParis at the 2007 Crystal Globes.
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J'avais posé le monde sur la table
This book brings together everything from Gérard Rondeau. His photographic writing is a poetry, a sensitive approach to places and beings. You enter a world of sensitivity, in black and white, step by step. You are moved by its depth and delicacy. An intelligence of humanity is within our sight, through his.
“I put the world on the table is not a catalogue of photographs but a call to ramble on about the earth, an invitation to discover the worlds of Gérard Rondeau.”
“A work of memory on the spot. (…) Gérard Rondeau is as much the reporter of what lasts as the portraitist of the ephemeral. (…) His images refuse any masking effect: they want to go beyond the observation, to the side of a simple revelation that measures the weight of the elements and the evidence of the beings.”