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  Pierre is a French-American photographer whose self-reflection is expressed through his work, humanism always his emphasis. He is also an author, a painter, a sculptor and a publisher. He lives and works in USA.

Pierre grew up in Orbec, Normandy and in Paris, where his family had homes. His family moved between Paris and Orbec, as needed to accommodate Pierre's education, and his mother's career. From a young age his education was focused in the arts. His grandfather, Gabriel, and his uncle, Jean, where photographers and artists. Gabriel was a photographer in WWI. Pierre's father, Jacques, was a known textile expert and designer, and now a painter. His Mother, Françoise Fontaine, was a professional musician and opera singer. His art education began with his family, who taught him the traditional techniques in drawing, painting, and sculpting. He studied photography and received complete dark room training from his uncle. Very early, in pursuit of his artistic urges, he photographed and drew his family and his native countryside, Normandy. He knew and was influenced by his grandparents neighbor the famous French figurative painter Pierre Laffillé (French, 1938-2011) who remains a lifetime friend. At sixteen he attended one of the most famous art schools in Paris, the Atelier de la Grande-Chaumière and received a classic art education there. At the same time, he trained and worked as an assistant with the world acclaimed photographer Wilhem Willy Maywald (German, 1907-1985), who was living and working near the Atelier.

  By the end of 1968, encouraged by his uncle and grandfather, he left his hometowns of Orbec and Paris to pursue a career as a photographer. He has traveled since, photographing and reflecting on the world at large, beginning in Vietnam. Throughout his career Pierre has remained true to his original training, his work is primarily black and white, he still works with traditional film, and he maintains his own darkroom processing his own film and silver gelatins.

  From 1968 to 1995 Pierre worked as a war correspondent, for both Gamma and Sygma press agencies, and as a freelance photographer, around the world. His work focused mainly on Asia, Southeast Asia and North Africa. Examples include his time in Vietnam (front line stories), Cambodia with the Khmer Rouges (a collection of those photos are archived at Rutgers University), Burma (covering the problems of guerillas fighting the government, like the Karen). Problems of child abuse in South-east Asia, mainly prostitution, and detrimental laws causing children to be jailed with their fathers. Pierre paid special attention to the problems associated with drugs, specifically heroin, and access to a fair and trial in the courts for foreigners. Pierre worked for two years in Morocco (1978-79) for the King photographing the Crown Prince Sidi Mohamed (now King Mohamed VI) and documenting Morocco. King Hassan II has a large collection of his photographs. Pierre helped the King open a school of photography there. In India, he worked extensively on stories about leprosy, religion and ancient cities. He lived and worked with the Dalai Lama in (1983-4) and published two books with him. He photographed old French traditions going as far back as the Middle Ages (some of the stories are now part of museum collections, like the Musée des Traditions in Louviers, Normandy). Pierre also worked in the fashion industry for both Christian Lacroix and Christian Dior, as well as for the movie industry.

Pierre has published over forty books, exhibited his photographs, drawings, sculptures and paintings throughout Asia, Europe, America, and North Africa.

  From 1995 to 2003, he lived in France and Spain where he exhibited and worked on personal projects, primarily sculpture and photography. In 2002, he became the director and curator for the International Museum for Photography, located in the ancient Château de Belcastel for which he has been acclaimed in Europe. In 2004, he moved to New Mexico , then to Oregon, where he started a project documenting the USA.    

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2016 Cannon Beach Arts Association, Humans, Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

2009 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, In Rust I Trust, Truchas, New Mexico, USA

2009 Bophana Center, Khmer Rouge 1979-80, Phom Penh, Cambodia

2008 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, India, Truchas, New Mexico, USA

2008 Justin Robert Galleries, Photographs, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2007 Justin Robert Galleries, Bronze. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2006 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, Grand Voyageur, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2006 Lennon Fine Art Gallery, A Propos de Voyages, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2005 Musee des Beaux-Arts, Secrets d'Enfance, Bernay, France

2005 Galerie RM Studio, Les Innocents, Santa Fe, USA

2004 Galerie Temps Present, Retrospective, Evian, France

2004 Galerie A Contrario, Bronzes Torse, Limoges, France

2004 L’Atelier Galerie, C’est comme ça, Villefranche, France

2002 Musee de la Photographie, Itineraires, Chateau de Belcastel, France

2000 Association Art en Aveyron, Inde, Drulhe, France

2000 Galerie Flean, Nouvelles peintures, Saragosa, Spain

1999 Gordon’s, Nouvelles abstractions, Bombay, India

1998 Art Lotois, Retrospective, Cajarc, France

1997 Link, Lettres de l’Inde, Madras, India

1996 Atelier Galerie, Retrospective Toutain, Cannes, France

1995 Allard, Sculptures récentes, Megeve, France

1995 Albert Ier, Sculptures, Chamonix, France

1994 Penta Center, Retrospective, Geneva, Switzerland

1993 Salon de la Photographie, Sadhu, Paris, France

1993 Rencontres Artistiques, Des Pleurs, Florence, Italy

1992 Salon des Arts, Seul au Monde, Vence, France

1991 Arte Galeria, Lacrimas, Valencia, Spain

1990 Alicante, Des Ocres, Alicante, Spain

1989 New Art Gallery, Tibet, Bombay, India

1988 Temps de Pose, Tout blanc, Paris, France

1988 Katmandu Art, Pour Rien, Katmandu, Nepal

1987 Temps de Pose, Tout noir, Paris, France

1987 Maison de la Culture, Nouvelles Encres, Bruxelles, Belgium

1986 Temps de Pose, Sculptures, Paris, France

1986 Singapore Shangrila, Ultra Larmes, Singapore

1984 Galerie Saint-Paul, Encore ?, Paris, France

1983 Galerie Saint-Paul, Ultra Seul, Paris, France

1983 Katmandu Art, Abstractions, Katmandu, Nepal

1982 Maison de la Culture, Les Enfants Soldats, Tours, France

1982 Centre d’Art Contemporain, Les Enfants et la Guerre, Annecy, France

1981 Centre d’Art, Les Enfants et la Guerre, Evreux, France

1981 Art Connection, Temples, Bangkok, Thailand

1981 Sirinat Modern Art, Buddhism, Chiang-Maï, Thailand

1980 Art Center, Pour Toi, Bangkok, Thailand

1980 Maison des Arts, Du Sable, Casablanca, Morocco

1979 Asnaouï Art Center, Desert, Rabat, Morocco

1978 Nandy Art Shop , Ganges, Benares, India

1978 Best Art, Du Vide, Calcutta, India

1977 Easy Art, Des Solitudes, Calcutta, India

1976 Shangrila Hotel, Encres d’Inde, New-Delhi, India

1976 La Photographie Galerie, Premiers Voyages, Pont-Audemer, France

1969 A la Grande-Chaumiere, Des Encres, Paris, France

1968 Chez Willy, Par mes Yeux, Paris, France

 

 

Books

 

Normandie, Éditions Dorbec, Pont-Audemer, 1976

Confréries de Charité, Éditions Dorbec, Pont-Audemer, 1976

Thaïlande, Éditions Sawadee, Bangkok, 1977

Chiang-Maï, Éditions Sawadee, Bangkok, 1978

Des guerres et des enfants, édité à compte d’auteur, Rabat, 1978

Maroc, Éditions Photo 2000, Rabat, 1979

Fantasia, Éditions Photo 2000, Rabat, 1979

Atlas, Éditions Photo 2000, Rabat, 1979

Phuket, Éditions Sawadee, Bangkok, 1980

Opéra, Éditions Sawadee, Bangkok, 1980

Wat Pra Keo, Éditions Sawadee, Bangkok, 1981

Rien que la Guerre, et Toi, Éditions Rachid Asnaoui, Casablanca, 1981

Une brève histoire du Maroc, Éditions Rachid Asnaoui, Casablanca, 1982

Bénarès (textes et photographies de Pierre Toutain), Éditions Richer/Vilo, Paris, 1985. 128 p. ISBN 2-901151-17-5. (édition bilingue avec une traduction en anglais de Mostyn Mowbray)

Éditions UBS Publisher’s, New Delhi, 1985

Bénarès (textes et photographies de Pierre Toutain, préface de Madame Pupul Jayakar), Éditions BNP, Paris, 1985

Thaïlande, Éditions Temps de Pose, Paris, 1986

Cambodge, édité à compte d’auteur, Inde, 1986

South-East Asia, édité à compte d’auteur, Inde, 1986

Népal (photographies de Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, textes de Michel Gotin), Éditions Temps de Pose, coll. « Destination », Paris, 1986. 128 p. ISBN 2-906063-00-2, Éditions Merehurst Press, Londres, 1986, Éditions UBS Publisher’s, New Delhi, 1986. ISBN 0-948075-19-8

Tibet (photographies de Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, avec une interview du Dalaï Lama, textes de Pierre Joffroy), Éditions Merehurst Press, Londres, 1986. ISBN 0-948075-69-4, Éditions Temps de Pose, coll. « Destination », Paris, 1986. 128 p. ISBN 2-906063-05-3, Éditions UBS Publisher’s, New Delhi, 1986

Québec (photographies de Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, textes de Frédéric Barreyre), Éditions Temps de Pose, coll. « Destination », Paris, 1987. 126 p. ISBN 2-906063-02-9, Éditions Merehurst Press, Londres, 1987. ISBN 0-948075-65-1

Paris (photographies de Pierre Toutain, textes de Philippe Ganier-Raymond), Éditions Merehurst Press / London, 1987, Éditions Temps de Pose / Paris, 1987. ISBN 2-906063-04-5

Rajasthan (photographies de Pierre Toutain, textes de Gérard Busquet), Éditions Temps de Pose, coll. « Destination », Paris, 1988, Éditions Harrap Columbus, Londres, 1988. ISBN 0-7471-0136-1, Éditions UBS Publisher’s, New Delhi, 1988

Ganga, Éditions Ganesha, Calcutta, 1989

Calcutta, Éditions Ganesha, Calcutta, 1989

Itinéraires, édité à compte d’auteur, Népal, 1989

Sadhu, Éditions Ganesha, Calcutta, 1991

Rien que pour Toi, édité à compte d’auteur, Bénarès, 1991

Tibet : le toit du monde (photographies et textes de Pierre Touain-Dorbec, avec une préface du Dalaï Lama). Éditions Denoël, coll. « Planète », Paris, 1991. 119 p. ISBN 2-207-23895-4

Villajoyosa, édité à compte d’auteur, Espagne, 1992

The Mystery of Haystack Rock and the Murder at Cannon Beach Hotel, CSF Publishing, USA, 2015. ISBN 978-1-937487-92-8

Strolling in Rome with Claudia, CSF Publishing, USA, 2016. ISBN 978-1-937487-96-6

Vārānasī or the Perpetual Negation of Self, CSF Publishing, USA, 2016. ISBN 978-1-937487-95-9

 

Collective Books

 

A Day in the Life of London, Éditions Jonathan Cape / Australia, 1984. ISBN 0-224-02975-4

24 Hours in the Life of Los Angeles, Éditions Alfred Van der Marck / New York, 1984. ISBN 0-912383-04-6. ISBN 0-912383-03-8

24 studen Ruhrgebiet, Éditions (?) / Germany, 1984

Ireland, a Week in the Life of a Nation, Éditions Century Hutchinson/London, 1986. ISBN 0-7126-9518-4

France, Time-Life / Library of Nations, 1990. ISBN 0-8094-5124-7

India, Time-Life / Library of Nations, 1986. ISBN 0-8094-5315-0

Canada, Time-Life / Library of Nations, 1987. ISBN 0-8094-5320-7

Jean Miotte, M. Pleynet, Éditions du Cercle d’Art / Paris, 1993. ISBN 2-7022-0341-8

 

Links

 

Luminous Lint

Wikipedia

Claudia Toutain-Dorbec

CSF Publishing