Guy Le Querrec

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Guy Le Querrec (born 1941 in Paris, France) is a French photographer and filmmaker, noted for his documentary images of jazz musicians. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

"A photographer is an acrobat treading the high wire of chance, trying to capture shooting stars"—Guy Le Querrec[1]


Le Querrec took his first photographs as a teenager using an Ultraflex and bought his first camera, a used Fotax in 1955. He shot his first pictures of jazz musicians in London in the late 1950s. After having served in the army, he became a professional in 1967, and then worked as a picture editor and photographer for Jeune Afrique magazine, working in francophone Africa, including Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Central African Republic.[2] In 1971 he gave his archives to Vu (photo agency), founded by Pierre de Fenoyl and then co-founded Viva (photo agency). In 1976, he left Viva and joined Magnum Photos.

In the late 1970s he began directing films, working with Robert Bober. In 1983 at the Rencontres d'Arles he experimented with projecting images while a jazz quartet played.

Besides having photographed numerous jazz festivals and African subjects, Le Querrec has traveled to China and documented American Indians. He has documented Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, as well as the Carnation Revolution in Portugal. He has also taught many photography workshops in France.[3]


  • La Republique nous appelle, 1984, FR3, France
  • Jazz Impressions, 1984
  • Une minute pour une image (One minute for one image), 1983
  • L’ennemi intérieur, 1983, FR3, France
  • Le voyage de Rose, 1982
  • Chasse à l’homme, TF1, France, 1981
  • L'Oeil au Papier de Verre, 1979, FR3, France
  • La batterie... vous rappelez pas? Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, Paris, France, 1979
  • Les nouveaux créateurs (The New Creators), 1978, TF1, France
  • Un repas de famille, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, 1978


  • African Flashback, France: Label bleu, 2005
  • On the Trail to Wounded Knee: The Big Foot Memorial Ride, USA: Lyons Press, 2002, ISBN 978-1-58574-533-3
  • Jazz Light and Day, Italy: Federico Motta Editore, 2001
  • Suites Africaines, Carnet de Routes, France: Label bleu, 1999
  • François Mitterrand : des temps de pose à l'Elysée, Paris, France: Marval, 1997, ISBN 978-2-86234-229-0
  • Jazz de J à ZZ, Paris, France: Marval, 1996, ASIN B004DKQZS4
  • Carnet de Routes, Paris, France: Label bleu, 1995
  • Jazz comme une image, Banlieues Bleues, Paris, France: Scandéditions, 1993
  • Musicales, Amiens, France: Trois Cailloux, 1991
  • Tête à tête : Daniel Druet, un Sculpteur et ses modèles, France: Carrère, 1988
  • Jazz sous les platanes, Vitrolles, France: Editions Java, 1984
  • Portugal 1974-1975 : Regards sur une tentative de pouvoir populaire, France: Hier & Demain, 1979
  • Quelque Part, Paris, France: Contrejour, 1977, ISBN 978-2-85949-009-6

Recent Exhibitions[edit]

  • L'Oeil de l'Elephant, 2006, Rencontres d'Arles, France
  • JAZZ de J à ZZ, 2003, L’Espal, Le Mans, France
  • Rencontres internationales de D’Jazz, 2003, Nevers, France
  • JAZZ de J à ZZ, 2002, Centro de la Imagen, Braga, Portugal
  • Big Foot Trail, 2002, Gallery Hermès, New York, USA


  • Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris, 1998


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