Some favorite "unintended" photographs by Jean-Christophe Béchet reveal beauty of chance encounters of color film with light leaks, double exposures, and random juxtapositions.
Jean-Christophe Béchet Paris, France
Galerie Lucie Weil & SeligmannLes Douches La Gallerie
Born in 1964 in Marseille, Jean-Christophe Béchet has lived and worked in Paris since 1990.
He began his studies with economics (Aix-en-Provence, 1982-1985) and then followed that up with photography in Arles (1985-1988). After that, he traveled for two years in West Africa (1988-1990).
Throughout his career, Béchet has experimented with many different mediums: black and white, color mélant, film and digital, 24 × 36 medium format, Polaroids and even a series of "accidents." Simply put, Béchet alters his approach for each project, searching for the "right tool" that will allow him to engage in a meaningful way with his photographic material.
Béchet has always felt a tie to "street photography", whether American, French and Japanese, but he chose not to abandon the field of "subjective document" completely. His work combines reportage and landscape, portrait and architecture.
His view of the world is built book by book as the space of the printed page is a natural place for him to explore.
He is currently pursuing work on "European identity" which is being developed in parallel to a long-term series on the mountain.