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Photographers Agency

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
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General management
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Agence VU'
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75009 Paris

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VU is represented by agents in the following countries for archives sales

APA picture desk
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Hong Kong,

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Camera Press
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Redux pictures
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Portfolio reviews

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

• From September 5 until Septembre 17, 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, dimension 1400 px, 72DPI.
IPTC fields must be filled with captions, dates and places.
Do not send any slideshow.


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 Latest Edited Book

 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

 En bas la ville

 En bas la ville

Photographer Gaël Turine and writer Laurent Gaudé travelled together to Haiti. Struck by the dignity of the Haitians plunged into a chaotic setting, they take away from their stay documentary material, but also a more literary approach; an accurate reflection of their experience. This accordion book contains fifty photographs that inspired the writer to create two texts: a long poem in prose and an account of their companionship in this fragile and fascinating country.

Artistic direction: Chiqui Garcia
Text by: Laurent Gaudé

Publisher: Éditions Le bec en l'air (2017)

122 pages
Size: 15x21 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



Les polaroids préparatoires des mises en scène de Bernard Faucon nous font entrer dans la fabrication de ses images, racontée pas à pas par Anaël Pigeat. La plupart ont disparus, seuls restent ces “rescapés”, reliques un peu sacrées, que le livre offre d’ausculter à la manière d’un archéologue.
Text by: Anaël Pigeat

Publisher: Éditions de l'Œil (2017)

294 pages
Size: 21 x 21 cm

 L’homme nouveau

 L’homme nouveau

Up to now, I have been photographing a lot of young girls, bring- ing back my childhood and adolescence through them. In these works, the rare masculine gures just played a secondary role.
With this series, I now want to explore the masculine identity in a moment of transition at the end of adolescence. When and how does the boy becomes man? What are the signs of this mutation? How is it diferent from the previous generations?
I produced this series mainly in St Petersburg where a new generation of Russians emerges, born at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse.
Sons of the new middle class, those young Russians are now twenty and at the opposite of their parents: they come from all over Russia and chose St Petersburg as the place of their new life.
At odds with an entangled Russia stuck by the heaviness of its structures, they are rmly modern, interested in art and culture, connected with the rest of the world, and they appropriate the codes of the running world.
That new “new man” de ning himself there is a witness of the mutations of our time.
— Claudine Doury
Text by: Dominique Baqué

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie Particulière) (2017)

72 pages
Size: 22 x 33,5 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



Exhibition catalog of "Cespedosa" at Tabacalera, Promoción del Arte, Madrid, (2016-09-16 to 2016-11-13).

El proyecto expositivo del Premio Nacional de Fotografía 2015, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, gira en torno a la reconstrucción de la memoria del autor, en forma de historia gráfica de 39 años de producción fotográfica. La exposición se centra en Cespedosa de Tormes, un pequeño pueblo de la provincia de Salamanca, donde nacieron y vivieron los progenitores del autor. A través de 200 fotografías agrupadas en seis apartados que se complementan con 3 vídeos, Castro Prieto muestra una Cespedosa que trasciende la mera descripción fotográfica, que va más allá del documentalismo al uso y que actúa como lugar mágico para el autor, donde da rienda suelta a sus ensoñaciones y sus pulsiones creativas.
Text by: Chema Conesa, Publio Lopez Mondejar, Vicenta Hernandez, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto - en espagnol

Publisher: Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte / Aera de Cultura / Auht' Spirit (2016)

262 pages
Size: 27 x 22 cm
ISBN :8481816523



The artist Martin Bogren has spent most of the past three years in italy, capturing the country's atmosphere. This publication, beautifully designed by Greger Ulf Nilson, captures a historic traditional style of street photography and typifies a photographer's romantic notion of place.

Publisher: Bokforlaget Max Ström (2016)

80 pages
Size: 23,7x30,7cm

 Srebrenica, nuit à nuit

 Srebrenica, nuit à nuit

On 9th July 1995, the Serbian army attacked Srebrenica’s Muslim ghetto. Nearly 8,000 people were massacred in three days. In Bosnia, and in the rest of the world, the former spa town becomes the symbol of former Yugoslavia's barbarity. Twenty years after what remains the greatest slaughter in Europe after the Second World War, the city’s history seems frozen in obscurity. A new generation, however, is travelling its ruins and learning as much as it can from its consequences.
This series of photographs by Adrien Selvert, annotated with text by New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, has won numerous awards including the Prix Maison Blanche 2015.
Text by: Roger Cohen

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)

88 pages
Size: 19 x 25 cm
ISBN :978-2-36744-091-0

 Les Chemins égarés

 Les Chemins égarés

Cruising sites can be found everywhere but not just anywhere. Once located in the heart of urban centres, today they are nearly exclusively located on the city limits or outside of cities: disused industrials zones, scrublands, motorway rest areas, and coastal dunes... Autonomous and free spaces, their exact location escapes the consciousness of the non-initiated.
The Wayward Paths is an exploration of these sites of freedom where, despite the fear of police raids or gangs, despite threats of administrative closure, desires for free experiences between men of all ages and from all walks of life continue to be exercised.
Text by: Laurent Gaissad & Mathieu Riboulet

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air Editions (2016)

184 pages
Size: 16,2 x 22,5 cm

 Se mettre au monde

 Se mettre au monde

Le photographe Steeve Iuncker a mené une recherche de plusieurs années sur le passage de l’enfance à l’âge adulte, interrogeant l’absence de «rites de passage» clairement identifiés dans nos sociétés laïques. Ses images captent des actes d’adolescents qui s’apparentent à des rites inconscients. Prises de risques, quête d’oubli comme une forme de mort et de renaissance, flirt avec les limites, actes transformateurs : le photographe tisse un paysage visuel subtil de la mue et esquisse un portrait nuancé d’une jeunesse en quête de soi.

Ces photographies, réalisées à la chambre argentique puis transformées par un tirage au charbon Fresson quadrichrome, sont accompagnées des textes de Caroline Recher, historienne de l’art, et de David Le Breton, anthropologue.
Text by: Caroline Recher et David Le Breton

Publisher: Le bec en l'air éditions (2016)

96 pages
Size: 22.5 x 28.5 cm



I have been working as a documentary photographer for nearly thirty years. Over the past decade I have photographed life in the townships of Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Mitchell's Plain outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My work there began during a Guggenheim Fellowship year for my exploration of the culture of amateur boxing. During my trip, I met people living in Langa and Khayelitsha and began photographing the Luvuyo Boxing Club in Khayelitsha. I felt uncomfortable as another white person with a camera, photographing people with less resources and access to power. Subsequently, I cut my trip short, unsure of the work I was doing and who would actually benefit from it. Upon my return to the States, I looked at the pictures I had made decided to go back to learn more, to further explore post-apartheid life in black communities. After over a dozen trips and more than a thousand rolls of film, I began to believe that the pictures mattered-they were not about people as victims, or about poverty, or any of those things we imagine life in black South African townships to be.
Outside the cities frequented by tourists and business travelers, in vibrant townships, I found beauty and strength and all the contradictions of being human in the people I photographed; a preacher testifying to his rapt congregation; a couple's loving embrace at day’s end; the proud regard of my friend Sindi in her traditional Xhosa dress; the moving funeral of a young Sotho man; the poetry and grace of a girl dancing on a warm Sunday afternoon; and the striking face of “Dream Girl,” a young woman studying to be a traditional healer, a “sangoma."

This work has taken me into classrooms of overcrowded schools, the emergency room of an underfunded government hospital, burgeoning churches and the homes of those who live there. With South Africa’s current political climate, economic instability and increasing social unrest, these images serve as a reminder of all that is at stake in this fragile new democracy.

From my first body of work, on Basque life and culture in southwest France, to this current project, I have worked in the humanist tradition of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Eugene Richards and Peter Magubane, striving to make images that foster empathy, understanding, and social change. I endeavor to honestly portray the rich and full range of day-to-day experience of the people I encounter. I have launched this campaign to raise money to defray the costs of a book of these photographs that I am thrilled to be co-publishing with Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere. "
Text by: Phillip Prodger et Sipho Mpongo

Publisher: Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere (2016)

144 pages
Size: 25 x 28 cm



Denis Dailleux est célèbre pour le portrait inédit et passionné de l’Égypte qu’il élabore depuis plus de quinze ans. En quête de nouveaux espaces de création, il se rend aussi régulièrement au Ghana depuis 2009. Les pêcheurs du port de James Town, ancien quartier d’Accra, la capitale, sont devenus l’un de ses sujets favoris. Il trouve au sein de cette communauté une source d’images fortes?: marines aux ciels changeants, ballets des pêcheurs, vie des femmes et des enfants qui travaillent sur le port… Il y explore de nouvelles relations au corps et à l’espace, à la vie et à la mort, à la religion, à la mer, qui renouvellent sa photographie. La sérénité, l’évidence picturale de ses images réenchantent un monde et des territoires aujourd’hui menacés et sont, à ce titre, d’autant plus précieuses.
Text by: Denis Dailleux

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)

112 pages
Size: 20 x 29 cm

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