Frédéric
Lecloux

Frédéric Lecloux

biography


© Alexandrine Larue

Frédéric Lecloux is a Belgian-French photographer and writer born in 1972.

He is a self-taught photographer who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles in 2016.
His photographic writing, full of obsessive slowness and poetry, mixing indoor portraits, everyday objects and melancholic landscapes, is similar to a therapeutic work of relief, whether on the roads of Nicolas Bouvier, in a Nepal in full mutation or in the grip of his own ghosts…
“A photograph. I receive it like an organ transplant. Immediately I recompose myself. And without having had time to feel the wound, I heal. Less crippled now.”

He is the author of a dozen books of texts and photographs including L’Usure du Monde (2008), Brumes à Venir (2012) and Népal, Epiphanies du Quotidien (2017), all published by Le Bec en l’air, a company in which he is also collection director.

Since 2010 he has regularly led educational and mediation workshops centred on the questioning of the uses of photography, notably at Photo.Circle (Nepal), at the Rencontres d’Arles (2010-2014), and in schools.

He is the first guest at the Les Nouvelles oubliées de Rn7 residency in 2019, and is also the author, with Valérie Cuzol, doctoral student in sociology at the Max Weber centre, of the film Quel Côté de l’absence? dealing with the funeral practices of the population of North African origin in Chalon-sur-Saône (2018). He was also the winner of the CNAP’s Support to Documentary Photography Scholarship in 2015, and the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant in 2016, for a residency at the University of Nottingham in 2017.

He also runs a blog with critical and analytical texts, translations and interviews on photography www.fredericlecloux.com/blog/

SERIES


Epiphanies du quotidien, 2017

It's been 20 years now. Why do you keep coming back to it? It's not an easy question.

L'explication, la paix, l'oubli, 2015

I’ve always found travel to be explicable, following a nomadic meander in the sedentary course of things; other places, other people; vertigo, then return.

Brumes à venir, 2010

As a Belgian expatriate in France since 2001, the spatial and temporal distance with my country eventually grew sufficiently enough to allow me to deal with past uncertainties that had gained a large inward territory claiming to be explored.

L'Usure du Monde, 2005

You think you're going to read The Use of the World, and soon it's The Use of the World that binds you.

Epiphanies du quotidien, 2017

It's been 20 years now. Why do you keep coming back to it? It's not an easy question.

L'explication, la paix, l'oubli, 2015

I’ve always found travel to be explicable, following a nomadic meander in the sedentary course of things; other places, other people; vertigo, then return.

Brumes à venir, 2010

As a Belgian expatriate in France since 2001, the spatial and temporal distance with my country eventually grew sufficiently enough to allow me to deal with past uncertainties that had gained a large inward territory claiming to be explored.

L'Usure du Monde, 2005

You think you're going to read The Use of the World, and soon it's The Use of the World that binds you.

Epiphanies du quotidien, 2017

It's been 20 years now. Why do you keep coming back to it? It's not an easy question.

L'explication, la paix, l'oubli, 2015

I’ve always found travel to be explicable, following a nomadic meander in the sedentary course of things; other places, other people; vertigo, then return.

Brumes à venir, 2010

As a Belgian expatriate in France since 2001, the spatial and temporal distance with my country eventually grew sufficiently enough to allow me to deal with past uncertainties that had gained a large inward territory claiming to be explored.

L'Usure du Monde, 2005

You think you're going to read The Use of the World, and soon it's The Use of the World that binds you.

Multimedia


Quel côté de l'absence ?, 2018

Multimedia | In a family trajectory broken by emigration, where to bury the dead? Present to some, absent to others, the burial place becomes a place of anchorage in the disorder of migration.

Figures with Absent Landscapes, 2017

Multimedia Products | In 2017, Frédéric Lecloux is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust grant which allows him to be an artist in residence at the University of Nottingham. He is working there with the local Nepali community.

E-ku Dandelion, 2011

Multimedia | An e-ku about night and photography directed by Frédéric Lecloux commissioned by Les Nuits Photographiques 2011, Paris.

Quel côté de l'absence ?, 2018

Multimedia | In a family trajectory broken by emigration, where to bury the dead? Present to some, absent to others, the burial place becomes a place of anchorage in the disorder of migration.

Figures with Absent Landscapes, 2017

Multimedia Products | In 2017, Frédéric Lecloux is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust grant which allows him to be an artist in residence at the University of Nottingham. He is working there with the local Nepali community.

E-ku Dandelion, 2011

Multimedia | An e-ku about night and photography directed by Frédéric Lecloux commissioned by Les Nuits Photographiques 2011, Paris.

Quel côté de l'absence ?, 2018

Multimedia | In a family trajectory broken by emigration, where to bury the dead? Present to some, absent to others, the burial place becomes a place of anchorage in the disorder of migration.

Figures with Absent Landscapes, 2017

Multimedia Products | In 2017, Frédéric Lecloux is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust grant which allows him to be an artist in residence at the University of Nottingham. He is working there with the local Nepali community.

E-ku Dandelion, 2011

Multimedia | An e-ku about night and photography directed by Frédéric Lecloux commissioned by Les Nuits Photographiques 2011, Paris.

Interviews


Artistes en Liberté
Le Liberté, Scène Nationale

2015

Interview of Frédéric Lecloux about his work, traveling, and Nicolas Bouvier.

Rien à voir
Arte Radio

Interview by Aude Laporte, 2015

Aude Laport interviews Frédéric Lecloux, Photograph and great traveler, notably in Nepal. His motto: “Apply what Nicolas Bouvier taught me on slowness and time”.

Le Grand Voyage
RTBF

Interview by Sara Pire, 2013

Sara Pire interviews Frédéric Lecloux, photographer for Brumes à venir published by Le Bec en l’air.

Pas la peine de crier
France Culture

Interview by Marie Richeux, 2012

Marie Richeux interviews Frédéric Lecloux, photographer for Brumes à venir published by Le Bec en l’air.

Pas la peine de crier
France Culture

Interview by Marie Richeux, 2012

Marie Richeux interviews Frédéric Lecloux, photographer for L’Usure du Monde published by Le Bec en l’air.

BOOKS


Lit national

Le Bec en L’Air - 2012

Lentement vers l’Asie

Glénat, hommes et horizons - 2006

Katmandu 2058

La Renaissance du livre - 2003

Lit national

Le Bec en L’Air - 2012

Lentement vers l’Asie

Glénat, hommes et horizons - 2006

Katmandu 2058

La Renaissance du livre - 2003

Lit national

Le Bec en L’Air - 2012

Lentement vers l’Asie

Glénat, hommes et horizons - 2006

Katmandu 2058

La Renaissance du livre - 2003

Awards


Leverhulme Trust Artist in residence (United Kingdom)

For “Figures avec paysages absents”


2016

CNAP Grant (France)

For “Népal-Qatar, le vide et le plein”


2015