Eleventh annual Bièvres Encounters

© Isabelle Morison

The Bièvres Encounters provide a forum for conferences and debates on photography, with over a dozen professional speakers specialized in topics such as the history of photography, tools and techniques, and different photographic practices.

These talks provide an opportunity to gain new knowledge in a wide variety of fields and to exchange views with the speakers. All talks are free of charge.


Council Hall, Bièvres Town Hall (Mairie)
⇒ Saturday June 2, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
⇒ Sunday June 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday June 2

1 :00-1 :50 p.m. Conversation with Agathe Gaillard

In June 1975 Agathe Gaillard opened her gallery in the Marais (Paris), encouraged by her photographer friends Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Ralph Gibson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertesz, Edouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau and Gisèle Freund. Recently she decided to retire from the management of this exhibition space, the first in Paris devoted exclusively to photography. Agathe Gaillard will be present to answer questions about this historic venue and about photography galleries in general.

Agathe Gaillard
Gallery owner
2 :00-2 :50 p.m. « About photojournalism… and more »

Eric Bouvet will be discussing his 38-year career in photojournalism in different conflict zones since the early 1980s. He will illustrate his talk with anecdotes drawn from History as well as from his personal experience as a reporter. He will describe how the move from film to digital photography has profoundly changed the practice and the economics of photography, requiring an adaptation of professional practice in order to face the challenge of new competing technologies. Eric believes it is essential to evolve and constantly open up new frontiers.

Eric Bouvet
Fujifilm ambassador
3 :00-3 :50 p.m. “Pierre Trémeaux, calotypist and traveller in 1850 : an exceptional donation to the Niépce Museum”

Claude Limon will present his research on the pioneer photographers of the Chalon region and on the donation to the Nicéphore Niépce Museum of important archives of Pierre Trémeaux, including calotypes*, prints from the 1850s and a number of unpublished documents.

Pierre Trémeaux was born in Charrecey in 1818 and died in Tournus in 1895. After his studies in Dijon, he moved to Paris to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Awarded the Rome Prize for Architecture in 1845, one of his first challenges was to design the Schneider industrial site in Le Creusot.

Curious and intrepid, he set off to explore the world in 1847. He accompanied Mehemet Ali in an expedition to the Sudan and Ethiopia in a search for gold mines. He crossed Egypt in the footsteps of Vivant Denon. His scientific knowledge and his architect’s instinct contributed to the drawings, blueprints and notes he consigned to his notebooks. In 1852, during his second voyage in Asia Minor, Tunisia, Syria and Greece, he travelled with photographic equipment and produced a number of calotypes. From this wealth of material he produced three highly successful travel albums illustrated by lithographs, photolithographs and original calotypes.

The donation consists mainly of the calotypes published in these albums. Other calotypes show scenes of Charrecey, Paris and his family and friends. Pierre Trémeaux’ observations made during the course of his travels led to the publication of a number of scientific theories and texts published during the latter half of his life.

*calotype : from the Greek kalos = beautiful, and type = print.

Claude Limon
Secretary, Association of Friends of the Niépce Museum
4:00-4:50 p.m. « Who are you ? 30 years of a search for identity through photography »

The talk will be followed by a book signing.

For thirty years, this Italian couple have been observing intimately the actions, shapes, light and geometry of the societies they encounter through their reporting throughout the world. They have explored the most remote territories and photographed daily life in the most exotic cultures, in an effort to understand and illustrate the different aspects of the human condition.

They will analyse some of their best-known photos, describing the interrogations behind each image.

They will also take us behind the scenes of their photo shoots, describing the context and the back story of their photos as well as the way they work together as a couple, their conception of photography, their ethic and humanistic approach.

Gianni et Tiziana
photographers, authors of 23 books and numerous major exhibitions in Europe, Japan and the USA, co-présidents of the jury of the Bièvres Fair in 2018
5:00-6:30 p.m. Round Table : « The keys to publishing your first photography album »

Why and when to publish a book of photographs.

How to do it (technically).

How to find and deal with a publisher.

Why self-publish ?

How much will it cost ?

Who should my target audience be ?

How to advertise.

These are some of the questions that will be discussed by a panel of photographers, publishers, printers and representatives of the specialised media.

Gérald Vidamment
Editor-in-Chief of « Compétence Photo » magazine, member of the jury of the Bièvres Fair in 2018,
Alain Escourbiac,
Sales manager of Escourbiac,
Corentin Fohlen
photographer, author of « Haïti » and « Karnaval Jacmel », published by Lightmotiv,
Sandrine Elberg
photographer, author of « Cosmic » (self-published),
Arnaud Bizalion,
Director of Arnaud Bizalion Publishing House

Sunday June 3

10 :00-10 :50 a.m. “Why something must trigger your creative instinct before you trigger the shutter”

People tend to think that photography is simply a means of capturing reality, a purely technical action. Certainly it is important to master the tools, but they are only a means to an end. Technical mastery is of interest only when placed in the service of the creative genius of the photographer.

Gérard Planchenault

Photographer and teacher at the Nikon School, Nikon Plaza, Paris

11 :00-11 :50 a.m. « Neither seen nor heard » : Women in professional photography

In 2015 Marie Docher created a blog entitled « Atlantes and Caryatids » which shows the mechanisms that render female photographers invisible. Her blog stimulated Jean-Luc Monterosso who asked her to organise a debate at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2015. On that occasion she produced a 20 minute documentary film entitled « Neither seen nor heard : how women make a career (or not) in photography ».

The same year, with the assistance of the Hubertine Auclert Centre, she gathered together a group of professional photographers, male and female, including Nathalie Bocher Lenoir to develop a charter on images of diversity, without stereotypes that would be non-exclusive. The group which called itself MYX included publishers, representatives of image banks, iconographers and photographers. In 2018 she launched the Visuelles.art project, a video follow-up to the « Atlantes and Caryatids » blog, which interrogates researchers on the influence of gender in art. For lack of time, it will not be possible to screen the film, but it can be seen at the following site:


Marie Docher

Photographer and filmmaker

1:00-1:50 p.m. Lumiservice : Presentation on lighting techniques
Michel Moulin will analyse the different types of light that can be obtained using a range of studio lighting equipment. There will also be a quiz and Q and A with the audience.
Michel Moulin


2:00-2:50 p.m. Travel photography

Photography travel is an opportunity for meeting and observing people from different cultures, and discovering a different way of life.

Vincent Frances, founder of the « Photographes du monde » travel agency, will share with us 5 tips on how to observe and capture experiences of life in the far corners of the world as well us his experience reaped through 10 years of travel. He will stress the photographer’s approach to his subject and his/her preparation for the trip.

He will also present tips for successful landscape photography, including the use of graduated neutral-density filters.

Vincent Frances

professional photographer, founder of “Photographes du Monde” photography travel agency

3:00-3:50 p.m. How to approach a gallery

At a time when it has become more and more different to make a living as a photographer and the art market has become more and more complex, Ivane Thieullent provides practical advice on how to approach a gallery as a photographer-author. She will discuss mistakes and traps to avoid, how to behave, where to find the right information, and will describe the whole gamut of effective actions and initiatives.

Ivane Thieullent

Founder of the “Voz’Galerie”, a gallery specialised in contemporary photography, member of the Board of the Association of Friends of the Albert Kahn Museum, President of the “CARRE SUR SEINE” association; and her colleague Camille Soubeyran

4:00-5:00 p.m. The Gum Bichromate Process in Gum Printing

The gum bichromate process allows for choice of a palette of colours and makes it possible to superimpose pigmentations in order to achieve multi-layered polychromatic images. This technique requires a perfect alignment of successive layers, which will be explained by the speaker.

Renaud Marot

Editor of “Réponses Photo” magazine