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From the start in 1986, VU’ is known as an « agency of photographers » more than a photographical agency, claiming this way the specifity of each identity whom it belongs. Its name shows an ambitious connection, since VU’ is the eponym of a famous french magazine of the 20’s which was very innovative in a pictorial sense of way. It has gradually set a new style and maintained a high level of intelligence and creativity of its authors. Discovering, promoting, spreading and also exhibiting in a wide gallery (created in 1998)…

The VU’ team has made from a collective adventure a constant think factory on photography’s evolution and its place in the image world. Social, documentary, visual, it’s important to decode the multiple senses of contemporary creation and to question its handling by the media, the companies or the institutions.

From hot news to long lasting investigation, from formal work to intimate story, the VU’ photographers have built for more than thirty years a plural and moving panorama of photography.


Editorial & NGO / France
Patrick Codomier
+33 1 53 01 85 88
Archives & International agents
Jean-Baptiste Henimann
+33 1 53 01 85 87
Corporate & Advertising
Mathilde Penchinat
+33 1 53 01 85 86

Cultural Projects & Exhibitions
Patricia Morvan
+33 1 53 01 85 89
Workshops & Publishng
Mathias Nouel
+33 1 53 01 85 84
Exhibition Galerie VU’
Bookstore & Prints Sales
Caroline Bénichou
+33 1 53 01 85 82

Bernadette Sabathier
+33 1 53 01 05 11
Delegated managers General management
Xavier Soule

Agence VU'
Hôtel Paul Delaroche,
58 rue Saint Lazare
75009 Paris

Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves  

Phone+ 33 1 53 01 85 85


Agence VU is represented abroad by agents:

APA picture desk
+ 43 1 36060 5959

Hong Kong,

+ 86 21 62723346

+ 49 221 27 226 200

Hollandse Hoogte
+31 20 851 07 12


Karma Press Photo
+ 39 02 2610 819

+ 81 3 5550 2120

East News
+ 48 22 635 70 21

East News
+ 7 495 680 60 66

Sweden, Norway, Denmark
+ 46 8-52210308


+ 41 200 13 33

Camera Press
+ 44 207 940 9137

Redux pictures
+ 1 212 253 0399

Cordon Press
+ 34 91 361 4552

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

00 33 1 53 01 85 85

Portfolio reviews

VU’s portfolio reviews for photographers who wish to join the agency:

• From Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 24, 2017, you can drop your work in our dedicated FTP server.

FTP address:
Login: photographe
Password : R9P2NgeSFc

ZIP files only: Please note you won’t see your files on the FTP after the uploading.

• If we are interested in your work, we would contact you to set up an appointment.

• If your work has not been selected, due to the large number of application, we won’t be able to provide any feedback. We will just send a notice saying we have reviewed your work.

Submission file:

The file must contain:

- the form filled with your details. Please, find the form bellow,
- a short biography (PDF),
- an overview of your work (40 images max.),
- one or two stories, with an introduction text (25 images max. per story).

Your pictures should be saved as JPEG, 1600 pixels resolution.
IPTC fields must be filled with captions, dates and places.
Do not send any slideshow.


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Françoise Huguier
Exhibition "Jardin intime" at the Galerie VU, 2018-02-26

On the occasion of the release of a new album from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 100 photos by Françoise Huguier for the Freedom of Press, from March 8th to March 31st, the Galerie VU' dedicates an exhibition to this immense artist with an exceptional destiny.
Jardin Intime offers a selection of about 50 colour and black&white prints from different series including iconic and unpublished images.
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 Latest Edited Book

 Françoise Huguier

 Françoise Huguier

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières RSF) dedicates the next issue of the collection « 100 PICTURES FOR THE FREEDOM OF PRESS » to Françoise Huguier's work.

When Françoise Huguier defines herself as a simple « documentary photographer », she has though imposed her multifaced sight in the world of photography, but also in the worlds of cinema, fashion, documentary films and reporting. Her long and eclectic collaboration with the daily newspaper Libération, her long term stays in Africa and Asia, Siberia, St. Petersburg as well as Brittany have sharpened her sense of discreet closeness to her subjects, especially with women.

This original portfolio published in this new album « A 100 pictures for the freedom of press » from Reporters Without Borders is a wonderful kaleidoscope of her « art of withdrawal », as qualified by Gerard Lefort, a journalist and writer who pays homage to Françoise Huguier with both emotion and amusement.
Text by: Gérard Lefort

Publisher: Reporters sans frontières (2018)

Size: 21,1 x 28,8 cm



Apart from their evident mastery of colour and framing, Navia’s documentary photographs are noted for their humanistic approach to landscapes and peoples of the South: the Mediterranean, Africa, Latin America and any regions with Latin and Iberian roots.

According to series director Chema Conesa, “Navia has created a highly personal photographic style which is related to literary construction. The airy silence of his chromatic chiaroscuros are pure atmosphere and evocation. He stops the world and activates suggestion, with images that are constructed with the same imperfections as life—what’s half done, the emotion of that which
is about to happen, the hum of time itself.”

The PHotoBolsillo series publishes monographs on the most important Spanish, Latin American and African photographers in a didactic and affordable format.
Text by: Chema Conesa

Publisher: La Fabrica (2018)

96 pages
Size: 13 x 18 cm
ISBN :8417048510



For almost 25 years Ad van Denderen has been photographing daily life in Israel and the Palestinian territories. He originally worked in black and white, in a classical, direct, reportage style. About 15 years ago he switched to colour, and since then he has employed a more detached and monumental photographic style. 'Stone' unites these two approaches to create a subtle depiction of the complex and precarious situation in this part of the world, and makes much use of stone as a metaphor. It is stone that principally defines the landscape. Its quarries provide the material for houses on both sides of the border. Stones are used to throw up barriers and throw at adversaries. At one and the same time, stone is a weapon, an obstacle, but it also offers shelter.
Text by: Ad van Denderen

Publisher: Fw: Books (2017)

200 pages
Size: 14 x 21 cm

 Cahier 2003-2016

 Cahier 2003-2016

Ferhat Bouda s’inscrit clairement dans une tradition de la photographie documentaire, de la narration, de l’essai et de l’engagement. Témoigner, donner à voir, de préférence en noir et blanc, pactiser avec le temps pour aller au-delà des apparences, se faire accepter pour à la fois respecter ceux qu’il représente et livrer des clés qui dépassent l’anecdote, telles sont les bases de ses enquêtes au long cours.
Chez lui, en Kabylie, tout comme auprès des militants de l’Azawad avec lesquels il entretient d’abord une proximité culturelle ou en Allemagne où il est basé, il s’attache aux gens, au regards, aux attitudes. Il tente de décrypter les situations et de nous partager avec nous ces univers complexes souvent difficiles à approcher ou, trop souvent, dissimulés par des clichés et des stéréotypes.
Ferhat Bouda s ’intéresse principalement aux minorités : des Berbères aux peuples nomades comme les Touaregs, les Mongols.

Cahier est une collection de carnets de travail édités en fac-similé, dirigée par Zoème à Marseille

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)

64 pages
Size: 14x21 cm



Entre l'homme et la nature se tissent des liens indicibles, mystérieux, puissants. Le paysage, plan large ou plan serré, en présente d'innombrables traces, que la photographie révèle. Elle nous aide à déchiffrer le palimpseste du visible, à déceler dans le fouillis de la forêt de symboles chantée par Baudelaire un sens, une harmonie, une écriture. 
Le livre se présente comme une succession d'univers (la rivière, le marais, l'arbre, la terre, la mer, la montagne) dont l'exploration sollicite non seulement le regard, mais la mémoire la plus intime de chacun. 
Les photographies de Jean-Luc Chapin se construisent dans la contemplation des lumières d'hiver, des berges qui s'étirent sous le ciel plombé, des flaques lumineuses dans des crépuscules de suie, des plages de vase où des oiseaux ont laissé leurs empreintes, des marnes incertaines dans les lueurs de fin – ou de début – du monde : l'aube des formes. Elles cherchent les premiers tremblements de la vie, le contact avec la matière. L'anecdote n'y a pas sa place. 
Dans chaque partie alternent les visions larges et les détails dont sont faits les vastes paysages : végétaux, animaux, traces dans la terre molle, écorces, reflets... La marque du vivant recherchée dans l'inerte, la photographie faisant apparaître les indices de son émergence. La marque nette d'une patte d'oiseau peut être lue comme un idéogramme, de même que les graffiti gravés voici deux siècles dans l'écorce des hêtres, déformés par le temps, dessine sous nos yeux une écriture nouvelle. 
Les photographies sont en noir et blanc, travaillées en argentique. Les pages s'ouvrent sur le secret de correspondances imprévues. Le livre propose un récit, indique des passages d'une photo à l'autre, d'une page à l'autre, d'un chapitre à l'autre : le langage du monde. Les textes de Jean-Marie Laclavetine accompagnent cette méditation en images, sans les commenter mais en proposant un rythme, une musique, suivant l'itinéraire rêveur jalonné par les photographies – la «voix native» dont parle Muriel Barbery dans sa préface, où elle compare natures aux rouleaux de la Chine ancienne qui illustrent «la profonde solidarité de la nature et des signes».
Text by: Jean-Marie Laclavetine et préface de Muriel Barbery

Publisher: Gallimard (2017)

168 pages
Size: 22,5 x 25,5 cm

 Smoke & Mirrors

 Smoke & Mirrors

"To impress these complex sentiments that combine contemplation and decoding, comprehension and reverie, Guillaume Zuili resorts to the most photographic aspect in image production: the print. This provides a salutary reminder that a photograph only exists in virtual and ephemeral form—the most successful, apparently, today—if it does not take material form and become an object, were it only of paper and fragile. It is a reminder that these refined, masterfully produced sheets of paper shimmer with often uncontrollable changes in tonalities, endowing depth in both the velvety blacks and range of grays that modulate and caress the forms. This is where a perception of time resides, sometimes distracted beneath its charming appearance, and nudges us in the direction of dreams of palm trees and pinups, motifs employed by pop art and repurposed by advertising. Time is halted and simultaneously suspended, between a yesterday unknown by either the photographer or what he creates, and a today that he exploits to send us back to a universe that we are unable to see, that he brings into existence.
For us this is mostly certainly an illusion presenting itself as a reality, so much is it able to convince us by arousing memories, an allayed awareness of time, and a possible evasion in the dream that mellows the decor and opens a possible space for us. All this through matter and materials, sensualities couched and inscribed in the gelatin, the sheet of paper, and the successive layers worked by the light."
Text by: Christian caujolle

Publisher: Clémentine de la Féronnière (2017)

120 pages
Size: Relié toilé, 26 x 34

 The April Theses

 The April Theses

"In March 1917, Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov (Lenin), leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party left his exile in Zurich. Eight months later, he assumed the leadership of 160 million people occupying one-sixth of the world’s inhabited surface. On April 9th 1917, with the support of German authorities, at war with Russia at the time, he travelled back to his own country on a train across Germany, Sweden and Finland to reach Finland Station in St. Petersburg on April 16th where, after a decade in exile, he took the reins of the Russian Revolution. One month before, Czar Nicholas II had been forced from power when Russian army troops joined a workers’ revolt in Petrograd, the Russian capital. In a bullet point document, known as "The April Theses", Lenin called for the overthrow of the Provisional Government and outlines the strategy which, within seven months, will lead to the October Revolution and bring the Bolsheviks to power. 100 year later, I created a chronology of two weeks of Lenin's life just before the events that changed Russia and the entire world. In search of the original draft of “The April Theses”, I recreated and sometimes reenacted, on a real non-invented trip, Lenin’s epic journey inspired by the archival documents I found at the R.G.A.S.P.I. (Russian State Archive of Soviet Political History) and historical books including “To Finland Station” by Edmund Wilson and “The Sealed Train” by Michael Pearson. The final work is a collection of contemporary landscapes, forensic archival photographs and staged self-portraits which retrace a journey in space and time."
Text by: Davide Monteleone

Publisher: Edizioni Postcart (2017)

112 pages
Size: 16,8 x 23,6 cm

 Népal. Épiphanies du quotidien

 Népal. Épiphanies du quotidien

Nepal. Epiphanies of the Everyday

Nepal is most famous for its extraordinary geography, yet the everyday life its inhabitants is played out elsewhere. Since 1994, Frédéric Lecloux has been documenting its upheavals and tumultuous history, right up to the earthquake in 2015 and the mass migrations of its workers. These Everyday Epiphanies were created in the light of this documentary writing, on which they expand in their own poetic language.
Text by: Frédéric Lecloux

Publisher: Le bec en l'air (2017)

144 pages
Size: 25.5 x 28 cm

 La grande route par tous les temps

 La grande route par tous les temps

Récemment, cherchant à identifier ce que je prends quand je dis que je prends une photographie, ces mots sont venus : une photographie, une de ces images qui existent en moi, sans que je sache ni où ni sous quels traits, jusqu’au moment où me fait signe une vibration dans le réel – et scintille la découpe à y opérer pour que l’image prenne chair et s’apparie avec sa trace intérieure, latente encore une seconde plus tôt.
Dans les années 1990 je photographiais en sonnets. Je ne l’ai pas su de suite. J’ai longtemps cru que je les écrivais. Que je les avais écrits. Mais non. Je les ai reconnus, vibrant dans le réel, réclamant d’être appariés avec leur trace intérieure, et j’ai obtempéré, rien de plus. Je les ai recueillis, découpés dans le paysage au long des routes et des rails, des Monts Célestes à l’Ardenne, d’Ostende à Katmandou, de Bruxelles à la vallée de la Hunza. C’était il y a vingt-cinq ans, trente en comptant large – une paroi de temps. Quelques-uns l’ont traversée. Des images (des photographies ?), nées plus tard vers le lieu d’écriture de chaque sonnet, voudraient ouvrir des portes vers le dehors de ce qu’ils sont.

Frédéric Lecloux, janvier 2017
Text by: Frédéric Lecloux

Publisher: Arnaud Bizalion (2017)

132 pages
Size: 15 x 15,5 cm

 Edit Beijing

 Edit Beijing

Design by SYB. Edition limited to 500 copies with a signed c-print.

Color snapshots took in the street by south african photographer Guy Tillim during his artistic residency in Beijing
Text by: Guy Tillim

Publisher: Éditions Bessard (2017)

Size: 27,5 x 25,5 cm

 La pesanteur du lieu

 La pesanteur du lieu

La nuit est sublime, le jour est beau. Emmanuel Kant
La pesanteur du lieu est un projet réalisé dans le cadre d’une résidence de création au Domaine de Kerguéhennec, en Bretagne. Kerguéhennec est un centre d’art contemporain qui présente plus de 30 sculptures installées au milieu du paysage. C’est un lieu chargé de mémoire et de sens où d’autres artistes ont laissé leur empreinte.
La série explore le concept de “lieu” comme axe de lien émotionnel à travers l’obscurité, de la limite du représentable et de la perception de la réalité. La nuit apparaît comme outil de découverte, de mystère et de plaisir, comme un espace hiéroglyphique qui nous porte à imaginer quelque chose au-delà de ce que nous voyons réellement. Nous entrons dans le domaine du mental, de l’imperceptible, de la découverte.
C’est, en somme, une proposition plus sensorielle que raisonnée, emplie d’éléments intangibles qui apparaissent et disparaissent lentement à mesure que l’on tourne les pages.
Ce travail a été édité avec la participation du département du Morbihan dans le cadre d’une résidence de création d’Israel Ariño au Domaine de Kerguéhennec d’octobre à novembre 2016. Il a également reçu le soutien et la participation de la Galerie VU’ et de Grisart.

Publisher: Ediciones Anomalas (2017)

120 pages
Size: 32 x 24 cm

 Canada Canada

 Canada Canada

“Before I went to Canada, I felt that I was intimately familiar with this part of the world through the pursuit races, the butt stories and the tricks of North American cinema.” Canada Canada is a cinematic fantasy. Canada my own film where I am its main protagonist.

In this documentary series I have constructed the photographs as North American film excerpts in the style of those of Martin Scorcese, the Cohen brothers or Brian de Palma. Each image has its own scenario and each plays its own role in its own reality. A story that encourages us to imagine what happened before and after the shooting.
Canada is a land of welcome and reinvention. We are what we want without being held accountable. By immersing myself in the reality of my models I play with the potential life that could have in Canada, as if I were really the person I embody in the image. Sometimes my real life catches up with me. Seeing the photograph where I tenderly hold the hands of a beautiful woman in our VW combi, my wife worried, immediately telephoned me to find out if we were still together.
Rip Hopkins
Text by: Pépita Car

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)

300 pages
Size: 17 x 20 cm



Je me souviens que lors d’une agréable discussion sur la photographie, Edouard Boubat m’avait dit : finalement nous, les photographes, nous tournons inlassablement autour d’une même photographie, une sorte d’image parfaite, un graal que nous n’atteignons jamais, et qui serait un autoportrait idéal.
Le grand portraitiste américain Richard Avedon disait aussi : dans mes portraits, l’autre est le miroir de mes propres états d’âme.

Je pense qu’en effet, toute photographie est un autoportrait, plus ou moins abouti.
Il en va ainsi pour les portraits. L’autre est un miroir pour le photographe.

Ce livre réunit une soixantaine de portraits, de gens connus ou anonymes, d’Afrique, d’Asie, de France, de mon village ou de ma famille…une soixantaine de très beaux souvenirs, une soixantaine de personnes avec lesquelles je me suis retrouvé, avec qui je partage un certain nombre de valeurs et qui réalisent donc, collectivement et sans trop le savoir, un autoportrait !…
Text by: Bernard Descamps

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)

96 pages
Size: 21 x 30 cm

 Unknown #2

 Unknown #2


In 2007, Stéphane Duroy published Unknown, an anthem to anonymous rebels and people in exile. A few years later, he remade the book by tearing the pages of the original edition and once the new version was completed, he repeated this method over the years to make 29 different and one-off variations of the same book.

What is to be said about this disconcerting, dizzy-making challenge? A displayed desire to be always re-writing the same story, differently? Does it call to mind the quest for a truth and its opposite, supreme chaos? Does it have to do both with the exercise of an extreme concentration and an anarchic outcome? At the beginning and end of Unknown, there is a geography, on the one hand of Europe and its centre, Germany and, on the other, North America, pivotal continent, mealting-pot of exiles and dreams, graveyard of dashed hopes and failures. And as in all geographies, there are rivalries here between centre and periphery, between new world and old, and armies of proletarians and exiles who periodically go from one to the other. At the origin of Unknown there is also the everlasting recommencement of a story, deliverance and oppression, going beyond history and oblivion. Horizon and loss.

Ezra Nahmad
Text by: Stéphane Duroy

Publisher: Filigranes Éditions (2017)

64 pages
Size: 24 x 33 cm

 In Absence

 In Absence

"I don't like the idea of taking pictures very much. But I keep coming back to that. This feeling of getting close to things for which there are no words. That's why I keep going. I balance between different worlds and try to build a relationship with them. My pictures are memories. To gain access to the feeling of loneliness and vulnerability. To be let into the realms beyond reason, far from what is called reality." (Monika Macdonald) The women portrayed in In Absence have one thing in common: their lonely search for belonging - to something or to someone. This autobiographical report, which is also a psychological and intimate reflection, runs through the pictures like a red thread. Women are soul mates, in their hesitation and insecurity, in their longing for some form of love. In Absence comes from motherhood - without necessarily being part of a maternal world. Monika Macdonald (*1969) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (2016)

72 pages
Size: 22 x 28 cm

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