Jean Luc Dubin
Born in 1949, Jean Luc Dubin lives and works near Provins. After commercial studies, he chose to devote himself to photography, a passion of childhood: from the age of 11, during a summer camp, he discovered the power of the image.
His work is eclectic, portraits of classical and jazz musicians (for Deutch Gramophon, Verve), a residency at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris for a visual artist, portraits, and always travel, before elaborating on powerful themes, including the spine expresses a deep humanity.
In the 1970s and 1980s, these are the first exhibitions, in Paris in 1973 for « Les Gens de Prague », then in 1980 « New-York City », in 1982 « Saint-Louis, Missouri », in 1983, « Le Peuple Sarahoul ». in 1987, the Musée des Beaux Arts de Chartres hosted his work «Visite des Images de la Cathédrale», large black and white prints on palisades, installations of objects abandoned by tourists, an ambulatory of images on the ground… In 1992 and 1995, he participates in two major exhibitions of the Musée de l’Homme, “Tous parents, Tous Différentes”, and “Six milliards d’hommes”.
De 1996 to 1999, he worked at the CMP in Montreuil with children aged five to eight with behavioural problems. Begins work on identity from genograms. En 1995, he was invited to residency in Tangier (Fondation Lorin) with «Portraits de mois avec Bébé», shortcuts of life, thirty portraits Polaroid 50 x 60, then in Fez in 1997 : he built «L’Arbre à Famille» with the sculptor Jocelyne Bouquin. En 2003,its «Mariannes de La République» dress the columns of the French National Assembly. In 2004, he participated in a group exhibition at the Galerie Herschtritt in Paris, then in 2005, it was the beginning of a work entitled «Monstruosite, Beauté Extrême», about the collection of human pathologies at the Mu
In 2005, « Le Piège à reflets » is a creation that emerges from two successive residencies at the Cultural Centre of Cotonou in Benin, exhibited at the Lhomond Foundation in Paris and at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou. In 2011, this installation is shown in Provins, plus «Fictions Vaudoues», which are exhibited in December at the Galerie Iconoclastes, under the name: «Fictions Vaudoues, nature mortes argentiques et installation ». In 2013, he is invited to the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Tlemcen and Oran and organizes workshops with young Algerian photographers. He is invited to the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Tlemcen and Oran and organizes workshops with young Algerian photographers.
In 2016, is released « 1978, New York », with a text by Peter Wortsman, which traces the photographic work he had undertaken in New York in 1978. In Also in 2016, he initiated an artistic mediation to talk about the special relationship between Algeria and France, with the scientific support of Professor André Langaney, geneticist of the populations. It is then that he creates « Mélangeons-nous », a project of artistic and playful encounters, which tries to pose images and words on the question of living together.
Since 2012, he has led therapeutic workshops in three departments of the Ville-Évrard psychiatric hospital (93), with the desire to offer patients the opportunity to use photography to enhance their self-esteem and to open up to others.
Ce qui frappe dʼabord chez Jean Luc Dubin, cʼest sa stature, ses mains, très grandes, sa voix, grave et tranquille, son regard, franc et attentif.
Made of «deep blacks» and «exploded whites», the Bay of Naples reveals the ambivalence of a thousand-year-old population, suspended at Vesuvius. Fascinated by the primitive beauty of reality, Jean Luc Dubin understands the social world without interpretation or spirituality, guided by what Florian Villain, friend and sociologist, calls “a blind eye”.
Human behaviour in all its materiality is an inexhaustible source of poetry for the photographer. In Naples, his street photos form like a social precipitate, triggered by the magic moment of the click.