French photographer Jean-Francois Robert started his artistic journey with music and soon developed a passion for photography and writing, exploring the fringes of realism and abstraction, art and language.
His photographs are exhibited in galleries and private collections in Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels, New York, San Francisco, Auckland.
“Paris, -25m” (1991) quickly gained renown within Paris’ artistic circles. It was published with a text by French writer Pascal Quignard soon after his Prix Goncourt.
This photograph was also used as the pivotal point of “Derniers Rêves”, Jean-Francois’ first novel (1996). Since then he published several novels and wrote musicology articles for French newspaper Le Monde.
The series “Springs, Golden Bay” has been part of the Zen exhibition at Galerie Argentic in Paris (2017), together with photographs by Irving Penn, Brassaï, Edouard Boubat, Marc Riboud, Willy Ronis, etc.
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JF Robert has been based for twenty years on the Saint-Louis Island in Paris. Over this period his place became an artists’ hub and he organized several hundreds of concerts and exhibitions.
From 2005 he travelled extensively over the world and took up residence in New Zealand in 2011, sharing his time between Europe and NZ.
JF Robert has founded Piano on Tour, with the aim of making classical music more accessible, and Space Between, an artist retreat and space for creativity at the gate of the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.