Portrait de  -M- Montrant le chanteur avec sa guitare sur un fond bleu électriqueNicolas Guérin
-M- portrait © Nicolas Guérin

-M-, alias Matthieu Chedid, born 1971, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.

-M- grew up listening to music by his father, Louis Chedid, great jazz musicians, and Jimi Hendrix. His first album, Le Baptême, came out in 1997, Je dis aime in 1999, and Qui de nous deux and Labo -M- in 2003, confirming his stature as a leading figure on France’s pop-rock scene. Mister Mystère followed in 2009 and Îl in 2012. He has worked with several other artists, including Vanessa Paradis, Brigitte Fontaine, and Johnny Hallyday, and composed scores for films by Vincent Pérez and Guillaume Canet. He has sold two million albums and won nine Victoires de la musique awards as well as a César award since the beginning of his career. Over a million people came to see him on his last tour.

Autoportrait de Martin ParrCollection Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Self-portrait, Paris, France, 2012 © Collection Martin Parr / Magnum

Born 1952, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Lives in Bristol, United Kingdom, and works worldwide.

Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer.

Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Cooperative.

Parr developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different genres, such as fashion and advertising. In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work. This exhibition toured Europe for the next 5 years.

Martin Parr was Professor of Photography at The University of Wales Newport campus from 2004 to 2012. Martin Parr was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres dʼArles in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opened at Photokina.

In 2008 Martin Parr was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition. Parrworld opened at Haus de Kunst, Munich, in 2008. The show exhibited Parr’s own collection of objects, postcards, photography prints by both British and International photographers, photo books and a new project from Parr entitled Luxury. The exhibition toured Europe for the following 2 years. At PhotoEspana, 2008, Martin Parr won the Baume & Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.

Martin Parr curated the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2010. In 2013, Parr was appointed visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

In Spring 2015 Aperture published The Chinese Photobook, a book about the history of Chinese photo books that Parr collaborated with Wassinklundgren on. In March 2016 Strange and Familiar, curated by Parr, opened at the Barbican, London. The show examines how international photographers from 1930s onwards have photographed in the UK.

Martin Parr has published over 90 books of his own work and edited another 30.

Portrait de Sam StourdzéChristian Lutz / VU
Sam Stourdzé © Christian Lutz / VU

Born 1973, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France.
Lives and works in Paris and Arles, France.

Once a boarder at the Villa Medici, on 1 October 2014 Sam Stourdzé became director of the Rencontres d’Arles. Previously he was director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and, from 2010 through 2014, editor in chief of ELSE magazine. A specialist in images, he researches the contexts of their production, distribution, and reception. For years he has studied the mechanisms at work in the circulation of images, with the relationships between photography, art, and film as his preferred field. He has been curator or co-curator of numerous exhibitions: Walker Evans, Anonymous; Toon Michels, American Neon Signs by Night and Day; Total Records, the Great Adventure of Album Cover Photography; Thierry Bouët, Personal Affairs. Sam Stourdzé published several works, including Le Cliché-Verre de Corot à Man Ray; the Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti retrospectives; Chaplin et les images; Fellini, la grande parade; and, most recently, Derrière le rideau: L’esthétique Photomaton and Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes.

Portrait : Christian Lutz / VU