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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.

Contact

Editorial & NGO / France
Patrick Codomier
codomier@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 88
Archives & International agents
Jean-Baptiste Henimann
henimann@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 87
Corporate & Advertising
Mathilde Penchinat
penchinat@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 86


Cultural Projects & Exhibitions
Patricia Morvan
morvan@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 89
Workshops & Publishing
Mathias Nouel
nouel@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 84
Exhibition Galerie VU'
Bookstore & Prints Sales
Caroline Bénichou
benichou@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 85 82

Communication
Bernadette Sabathier
sabathier@abvent.fr
+33 1 53 01 05 11
Delegated managers General management
Xavier Soule

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

 
Métro
Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves  

 
Phone+ 33 1 53 01 85 85

Agents


Agence VU is represented abroad by agents:

Austria
APA picture desk
+ 43 1 36060 5959
office@picturedesk.com

China,
Hong Kong,
Taiwan

Imaginechina
+ 86 21 62723346
jerome@imaginechina.com

Germany
LAIF
+ 49 221 27 226 200
l.bober@laif.de

Holland
Hollandse Hoogte
+31 20 851 07 12
cila@hollandse-hoogte.nl

 

Italy
Karma Press Photo
+ 39 02 2610 819
elena@karmapressphoto.com

Japan
Aflo
+ 81 3 5550 2120
tomoko.tanaka@aflo.com

Poland
East News
+ 48 22 635 70 21
ewa.burdynska@eastnews.pl


Russia
East News
+ 7 495 680 60 66
liza@eastnews.ru

 

Switzerland
Keystone
+ 41 200 13 33
sales@keystone.ch

UK
Camera Press
+ 44 207 940 9137
y.aldsworth@camerapress.com

USA
Redux pictures
+ 1 212 253 0399
lorireese@reduxpictures.com

Spain
Cordon Press
+ 34 91 361 4552
tomas@cordonpress.com

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

00 33 1 53 01 85 85
email: vu@abvent.fr

Portfolio reviews

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

• From Monday 18 February to Friday 1 March 2019, you can drop your work in our dedicated FTP server.

FTP address: 62.210.151.247
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),
- one to four 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).

THANK YOU !

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 Latest Edited Book

 Solovki


 Solovki

In the middle of the White Sea, Solovki is the main island of the Solovetsky archipelago (Russia). The Orthodox complex of the Solovetsky Monastery, a World Heritage Site, is located in the most preserved area of the island, on the shores of a natural harbour. But Solovki was also a Soviet prison, and not the least. According to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, she was the mother of the Gulag, the terrible Soviet prison system in labour camps. Active from 1924 to 1939, it served as a model and basis for all other prisons.

Using a narrative process closer to poetry than documentary, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Rafael Trapiello explored this territory between hell and paradise: all the images are inhabited by a strange tension between spirituality, the beauty of the landscapes and the terrible past that weighs on these islands.
  
Text by: Antonio Muñoz Molina

Publisher: Auth' Spirit (2019)

120 pages
Size: 22 x 28 cm

 The Poor In Spirit


 The Poor In Spirit

Catholicism in China has had a history of over seven hundred years. Especially since the founding of New China, it has experienced many ups and downs, but its adherents have never disappeared. Especially in some out-of-the-way rural areas, Catholicism represents important spiritual sustenance for many, and penetrates all aspects of daily life.
Yang Yankang spent ten years in the Shaanxi countryside creating his exquisite Set of works documenting Chinese rural Catholics, The Poor in Spirit. With empathy and humour, he depicts churches and solemn ceremonies rising like apparitions in the remotest countryside; a wall calendar of celebrity photographs written over with a musical score, played by a group of women; dugouts and earth houses used for preaching and ministry; a rural family assembling a Christ figure; the pious faces of children singing; processions through the wheat fields of mourners in traditional Chinese funeral dress, carrying the coffin or shouldering a cross; a priest in ceremonial attire conducting mass for the sick in a maize field, and so on.
Documentary photography practice in China started, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a focus on people marginalized by the mainstream (psychiatric patients, homosexuals, transgender people, Catholics, free artists, etc.), and on vulnerable groups deliberately neglected by the powerful elites. These images by Yang Yankang demonstrate a courage in facing Chinese social reality – the images themselves have a visual intensity, and the photographer expresses compassion through them.
  

Publisher: Unicorn (2019)

168 pages
Size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm

 Rencontres avec Stéphane Duroy


 Rencontres avec Stéphane Duroy

Un entretien-manifeste par le photographe de L’Europe du silence

Trois projets photographiques principaux – le Royaume-Uni, Berlin-les pays de l’Est, les États-Unis – et des recherches autour de l’idée et de la matière, ainsi se résume le parcours de Stéphane Duroy. Artiste à la parole rare, il se raconte dans une conversation chronologique embrassant l’ensemble de son itinéraire : son enfance, ses influences, son rapport à l’Histoire et au monde d’aujourd’hui, sa préférence pour les livres par rapport aux expositions, sa relation à la photographie avec laquelle il prend ses distances depuis une dizaine d’années… Fruit d’une quarantaine de conversations réalisées sur trois ans, cet ouvrage synthétise cinquante ans d’une pratique atypique.

(Parution le 11 avril 2019)
  
Text by: Sophie Bernard

Publisher: Filigranes Éditions (2019)

128 pages
Size: 16,5 x 24 cm

 JR - Géants


 JR - Géants

JR a acquis une renommée internationale à l’âge de 27 ans, lorsqu’il a reçu le prix TED. Son projet "Inside Out" a attiré plus de 200 000 personnes dans le monde. Mais JR a une ville de prédilection, il s'agit de Rio. Il démarre cette aventure carioca avec Women are heroes. C’est par ce souhait de laisser une oeuvre pérenne qu'en 2016, le Comité Olympique lui demande de réaliser une oeuvre à la hauteur de l'événement. C'est dans ce contexte que l’artiste va concevoir “son œuvre la plus folle” selon ses propres mots : Géants. Juché sur un échafaudage, un athlète haut de plusieurs étages saute par-dessus un immeuble abandonné, tandis qu’au pied du Pain de Sucre, une nageuse effraie les bateaux de passage et qu’à Barra da Tijuca un plongeur s’apprête à défier les plus grands cétacés. JR revisite ainsi Swift et le spectacle est à la hauteur de la plus grande compétition sportive au monde. Son camion va s'intaller également dans le village olympique et aux abord du stade de Maracana et les photos collées vont conduire jusqu'à la casa amarella, nouveau centre culturel installé en plein coeur de la favella et au-dessus duquel trône une lune qui domine toute la ville.

Cet ouvrage retrace ici ces 10 ans de créations artistiques et son implication dans les liens tissés entre les différents visages de cette ville.
  
Text by: Thierry Consigny

Publisher: Actes sud (2019)

176 pages
Size: 22 x 34 cm

 Museum of the Revolution


 Museum of the Revolution

These photographs were made on long walks through the streets of African capitals, including Johannesburg, Durban, Maputo, Beira, Harare, Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Luanda, Libreville, Accra, Dakar and Dar es Salaam, and the series takes its title from the Museum of the Revolution in Maputo, Mozambique, which is situated on the Avenida 24 Julho. The 24th of July 1875 marked the end of an Anglo-Portuguese conflict for possession of the territory that was decided in favour of Portugal. One hundred years later the name of the avenue remained the same because Mozambique’s independence from Portugal was proclaimed in June 1975 and now the 24th of July is Nationalisation Day.

In the Museum of the Revolution, there is a panoramic painting produced by North Korean artists depicting the liberation of the capital from Portuguese colonial rule. It illustrates the rhetoric of a revolution as the leader and followers parade through the streets and avenues, laid out with grandeur by the colonial powers. These streets, named and renamed, function as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of political, economic and social shifts of power and become a museum of the many revolutions that have taken place in African countries over the past 65 years.

In Tillim’s photographs, the streets of these African capitals reflect a new reality, distinct from the economic stagnation wrought by socialist policies that usually accompanied African nationalism, the reality of rebuilding and enterprise, and new sets of aspirations imbued with capitalistic values.
  
Text by: Achille Mbembe

Publisher: MACK, co-published with Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson (2019)

Size: 28 x 26 cm

 El Cartucho


 El Cartucho

Stanislas Guigui dépeint en texte et en photos la vie au quotidien à l’intérieur d’El Cartucho, ce ghetto de Bogota, en plein centre ville, à deux blocs du palais présidentiel, quartier aujourd’hui détruit où il a vécu pendant plus de 3 ans : combats au couteau, gangs, trafics, gosses des rues, fumeries de crack, affrontements contre les forces de l’ordre…
Sans jugement ni compassion, il dresse une fresque saisissante de cette immense cour des miracles, de la misère, de la révolte et de la délinquance. Son voyage dans El Cartucho nous plonge au cœur de toutes les violences et de tous les excès.
À travers ses clichés et ses textes, Stanislas Guigui décrit une humanité en dérive, sans espoir, et dont le seul futur est de survivre dans cette jungle urbaine.
  
Text by: Stan Guigui

Publisher: Editions du Chêne (2018)

224 pages
Size: 17 x 25 cm

 Icônes


 Icônes

Avec la série Icônes, accompagnée d’un texte de Nina Bouraoui, François Fontaine poursuit son exploration du 7e art au moyen de la photographie. Cette série de portraits en couleurs de grandes stars féminines et masculines, réinterprétation picturale d’une scène de cinéma, a été réalisée à partir de films projetés sur écran.
Outre la fascination propre au pouvoir des icônes, le sfumato chromatique qui compose ces portraits rend ces stars encore plus intemporelles et mystérieuse. Leurs visages, pourtant célèbres, que l’on pourrait contempler indéfiniment, demeurent une énigme captivante qui nous charme et nous hante et que François Fontaine laisse à chacun le soin de déchiffrer.
Ce qui est le propre des mythes, des légendes et des icônes.

Parution le 7 novembre 2018
  
Text by: Nina Bouraoui

Publisher: La Pionnière (2018)

64 pages
Size: 24,5 x 33,5 cm

 Momentum, la mécanique de l'épreuve


 Momentum, la mécanique de l'épreuve

Extrêmement prolifique ces dernières années, le travail de JR touche un nombre croissant de disciplines comme la photographie, les arts visuels, le cinéma ou le spectacle vivant.
Douze ans après avoir autorisé JR, alors inconnu, à coller des portraits sur le mur de son entrée, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie lui propose une carte blanche du 6 novembre 2018 au 10 février 2019. C'est l'occasion de faire un point sur le parcours de l'artiste et d exposer son travail d une façon inédite en France.
Préfacé par JL Monterosso et D. Bertinotti, le livre est le reflet de cette rétrospective. Il questionne la question de la mécanique de l'image dans le travail de JR. Sa fabrication fait appel à différentes techniques d impression, de reliure et de transparence de papiers. Quatre membres de l'Oulipo, groupe d'écrivains et de mathématiciens fondé en 1960 par Raymond Queneau et François Le Lionnais, viennent rythmer son édition par des textes en résonance avec le travail de JR.

En librairie à partir du 27 novembre 2018
  
Text by: Dominique Bertinotti et Jean-Luc Monteresso

Publisher: Clémentine de la Féronnière (2018)

264 pages
Size: 22,5 x 28,5 cm

 Matrimania


 Matrimania

Mahesh Shantaram explores the problematic underpinnings of Indian weddings

All that is great about a country and all that is wrong with it can be summarised by a single wedding, says Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram and member of Agence VU. In his documentary work, he mostly studies the complex societal system of his home country. Working as a wedding photographer, he had privileged access to a cross-section of celebrations of the Indian upper- and middle-class society. Young adults assume the role of princes and princesses in a Bollywood-like fantasy often choreographed by their parents. On the periphery, a multitude of workers entertain crowds, cater to thousands of guests, and keep the show going on for days. Using images culled from over 150 weddings and created in the course of six years, the photo series Matrimania constructs a fictional narrative—an alternative wedding album—that depicts one long wedding night in India. Matrimania is a personal take on 21st century India’s contradictions seen through the prism of its wedding culture.
  
Text by: Mahesh Shantaram et Gita Aravamudan

Publisher: Hatje Cantz (2018)

112 pages
Size: 23 x 28 cm

 Mémoire collective. Une histoire plurielle des violences politiques en Guinée


 Mémoire collective. Une histoire plurielle des violences politiques en Guinée

This book is a contribution to the assembly of the Guinean historical puzzle. A collective work that invites us to go beyond the fault lines of the 20th century. Guinean, French and American authors have combined their efforts to gather elements of the history of political violence in Guinea. They come from a variety of backgrounds: academics, human rights defenders (FIDH, OGDH), journalists (RFI) and bring complementary perspectives to this research. Their texts are accompanied by the work of the Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram from VU agency and the illustrations of the Congolese illustrator KHP. A plural narrative that proves at least one thing: when silence breaks, memories stop being locked up and memory becomes collective, writing history becomes possible.
  
Text by: Collectif

Publisher: FIDH (2018)

354 pages

 Il Cretto Grande


 Il Cretto Grande

The sense of suspended times and perfection that radiates from his earlier works places Siragusa's research on Burri's Cretto in a kind of continuity. But new elements are blatantly emerging.
As if the impact with Burri's work aroused such strong emotion that it made it possible to determine a different approach to the reality to be photographed. A close confrontation with the material in which the spatial references, depth and extent of the Cretto are lost. Siragusa examines the signs left by time, water and sun on the concrete, he seems to want to penetrate the material, restores roughness, cracks, gray and white variations, accidental aspects of plants.
  
Text by: Laura Serani

Publisher: Postcart (2018)

132 pages
Size: 14,5 x 21 cm

 Le carnet Viking : 70 jours en mer de Barents


 Le carnet Viking : 70 jours en mer de Barents

Fécamp, juin 1939. Anita Conti embarque sur le morutier Viking pour une campagne de près de trois mois dans l'Atlantique Nord. C'est la première fois qu'elle reste aussi longtemps sur un navire. Seule femme parmi cinquante pêcheurs, elle restitue au jour le jour, dans ce carnet inédit, l'émotion brute ressentie à bord.
Gorgé d'images et de confidences de marins, fouetté d'embruns ou noyé de brume, Le Carnet Viking ouvre aux secrets de la mer, ce monde énigmatique et mouvant où l'on se confronte au détachement et aux sensations les plus élémentaires.
  
Text by: Laurent Girault-Conti et Catherine Poulain

Publisher: Payot (2018)

218 pages
Size: 20,4 x 14 cm

 Lars Tunbjörk - Retrospective


 Lars Tunbjörk - Retrospective

Initially inspired by Swedish masters such as Christer Strömholm, as well as Stephen Shore, Lars Tunbjörk (1956–2015) was one of the great and truly original European photographers. Tunbjörk's international breakthrough came in 1993 with the photobook Country beside Itself.
Celebrated by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger as "an acute observer of modern life," Tunbjörk's color images amplified the mundane and the absurd in a quietly surreal fashion using the hard light of flash photography, which became his signature style and influenced a subsequent generation of photographers.
With more than 250 images, this volume constitutes the most substantial overview of his work.
  
Text by: Kathy Ryan, Göran Odbratt et Maud Nycander

Publisher: Max Strom (2018)

336 pages
Size: 29,2 x 26,7 cm

 JR - Album RSF


 JR - Album RSF

Le portfolio inédit du nouvel album « 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse » de Reporters sans frontières vous fait parcourir le monde dans les yeux de JR.
Les yeux de femmes du monde entier, les rides de nos anciens, les silhouettes de nos archives… JR accouche la ville de ses secrets, de nos oublis et des injustices de nos sociétés. Il est doté de ce talent qui fait les grands artistes : savoir s’adresser à tout le monde.

En 2018, JR a été désigné par le magazine Time comme l’une des 100 personnalités de l’année.
  
Text by: Serge July

Publisher: Reporters Sans Frontières (2018)

144 pages
Size: 21 x 28,8 cm

 Respirano i muri


 Respirano i muri

For Paolo Di Stefano, the bond that unites a man to his own home is something profound and fundamental. The houses are furnished, lived, cared for and sometimes abandoned, absorbing the smells, moods, feelings and lives of those who live there and influencing them at the same time, becoming a fundamental part of man's most intimate memory. The book tells this relationship from the description of the house where he was born.
  
Text by: Paolo Di Stefano, Goffredo Fofi

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2018)

149 pages
Size: 17x23,5 cm
ISBN :8869657337

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