French photographer Jean-Francois Robert started his artistic journey with music and soon developed a passion for photography and writing. He has published several novels and wrote articles for French newspaper Le Monde.
JF Robert’s art explores the fringes of realism and abstraction, art and language. This quest is naturally illustrated in music, but it is also guiding his work in photography and novels.
His photographs are exhibited in galleries and private collections in Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels, New York, San Francisco, Auckland.
The photograph “Paris, -25m” was taken at eighteen years old and 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 published in 1996.
JF Robert has been based for twenty years on the famous Saint-Louis Island in Paris, at the very heart of Parisian cultural life. Over this period his apartment became an artists’ hub and he organized more than two hundred concerts and exhibitions.
From 2005 he travelled extensively over the world and settled down in New Zealand in 2011. Since then he’s founded Piano on Tour, with the aim of making classical music more accessible, and Space Between, an artist retreat at the gate to the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.
Current series: “Springs, Golden Bay”, part of the Zen exhibition at Galerie Argentic in Paris (sept/oct 2017), together with photographs by Irving Penn, Brassaï, Edouard Boubat, Marc Riboud, Willy Ronis, etc.