Hervé Gloaguen

Born in 1937 - France


Hervé Gloaguen was born in 1937 in Brittany. When he was in his twenties, he moved to Paris to study photography at the School of Photography Techniques and Cinema which is now called, National Superior School Louis-Lumière. But not feeling happy with this decision, he left school after six months and learned photography autodidactically. Later on, he joined the Réalités magazine as an assistant of Gilles Ehrmann: He did a series of reportages in the United States where he discovered New York and its avant garde. He met composers, choreographers, masters of jazz and Andy Warhol there.

Observant of a boiling epoch, he shows us through his images the richness that he discovered in the United States during the 60s.

Afterwards, he joined another agency and went from disappointment to disappointment. So he decided to found his own agency VIVA, in 1972 which bought together Alain Dagbert, Claude Dityvon, Martine Frank, François Hers, Richard Kalvar, Jean Lattes and Guy Le Querrec. Hervé Gloaguen worked there for ten years, doing reportagesof news and long term projects;- reportages about the European communist parties (PCF, PCI, PCE), the Carnations revolution in Portugal in 1974, the fall of Saigon in 1975, the elections in Italy in 1976 and in Spain in 1977....

Today his name is internationally recognized and his photographs are part of the collection of the Centre Pompidou and the Réattu Museum, among others. Some of his images have been published, as seen in the book " A hauteur de Jazz" published by Editions la Martinière in 2009.

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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Stedelijk Museum d’Amsterdam
Centre Pompidou, France
Musée Réattu, Arles, France
Musée Nicéphore Niepce, Chalons sur Saône, France


2007 : « Rétrospective Viva », Musée du Jeu de Paume Paris
2006 : « Rétrospective », Musée Robert Doisneau, Gentilly
1995: « De Saigon à Hô Chi Minh-Ville », Photographies noir et blanc, Centre Culturel Franco-Vietnamien, Paris.
1992 : « Le marché mondial du sang », photographies couleur, Festival Visa pour l'image, Perpignan.
1989 : « Le miel et le bronze », 50 portraits en couleur de femmes nomades au Niger. Arles, RIP, et Paris, Fondation du Crédit Foncier de France, Paris.
1982 : « Lyon, portrait d’une ville, Photographies couleurs », Lyon, Fondation Nationale de la Photographie
1975 : Arles, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie
1974: 50 photographies d’artistes Français contemporains, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris


Angleterre : London Photographers Gallery (avec VIVA); New Castle, Syde Galerie (avec VIVA)

France, Paris : Fnac, « Des avions et des hommes »
- Galerie Keller, « Portraits de femmes Galerie Agathe Gaillard : « Jazz » - Fnac Montparnasse : « Afriques, photographies couleur » - Galerie Arcturus « Artistes à Paris 1960-1970 » - Galerie Arcturus, « A hauteur de Jazz » - Les 15 ans de la Galerie Arcturus « Jazz en scènes » - « Jazz en scènes », Café les Editeurs, dans le cadre du Festival Jazz à Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

Allemagne : Cologne, Galerie Wilde (avec VIVA)

Italie: Milan, Galerie Diaframa (avec VIVA)

Burkina Faso : Ouagadougou « Des avions et des hommes »


- « Au cœur du Jazz » - CDP Editions - 2015
- « A hauteur de Jazz » - Edition La Martinière - 2009
- « Lyon » - Edition Arthaud - 1982
- « Loire Angevine » - Edition Chêne - 1979
- « L’art actuel en France, du cinétisme à l’hyperréalisme » - Edition André Balland - 1973

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