Jean-Pierre Duvergé

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

Jean-Pierre Duvergé worked for 10 years in an advertising agency before embarking on a long career in HR as a headhunter. A self-taught photographer, he left aside the film camera for many decades before returning to it during a trip to Peru in 2014.

Originally from Bordeaux, it was in Cergy, where he has lived since 1981, that he then really entered photography and found his language: that of faces. His series “Cergy’s Faces: a French suburb” has to date 1300 portraits intended one day to be exhibited in the city.

His photography is instinctive, as close as possible to the human, enshrated in the immediacy and simplicity of an encounter. In his faces, it is first of all the look that attracts: gateway to the soul, he hypnotizes. All these faces bring us back to the universality of humanity.

Jean-Pierre Duvergé is therefore a photographer on the move, who moves towards the other, without taking a step aside but on the contrary who confronts otherness and seeks to show what brings together beings.
If he deplores the lack of attractiveness of humanist photography at the time of decorative photography in the firmament of social networks, he resists the visual normalization at work in a context of profusion of images by continuing without fail to account for human and social diversity, to decompartmentalize and make a clean sweep of stereotypes.

Aware that man remains a wolf to man, he is nonetheless convinced that documentary photography remains a weapon for celebrating differences and that, yes, any image is political.
He also knows that there is no need to go far to travel, even though, for this work, he surveyed the arid lands of Ethiopia.
Since 2016, his work has been exhibited regularly, mainly at festivals or photographic encounters, in France and abroad, and often presented in large format and outdoors.

In 2017, he was among the 3 nominees for the Zenith Photo Award in Berlin; in 2018, he participated in the Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa; in 2019 and 2020, at Eyes on Main Street in Wilson, North Carolina, USA; in 2019, at the Kuala Lumpur Foto Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the same year, at the Tokyo International Foto Award, he received the bronze medal and honourable mention.

In 2021, he will be the guest of honor at the International Photographic Exhibition in Vernon (October).
In 2022, he will be hosted in residence at the “Eyes on Main Street” festival.




ETHIOPIA is an invitation to discover a country and its peoples. I made my own way to them, driven by the desire to know them, to understand them.

Here is the story of the chronological journey as I lived it, and as you can live it yourself, with its highlights