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Artist Name

Xavier Vanlaere

Born: 1969


Based in: Marseille

Since he was a child, he has lived the smell of the lab products in his parent’s photo shop. Being a conscientious objector, he experiment, as an educational social worker, with photography workshops for those on the margins of society who find, thanks to these pictures, a language through which they can express themselves. Since then, it has become his job and he create and conduct workshops of photographic writing in medical or social structures. In the same time he's Author photographer and he work on his own themes. Take photograph is the first step. he spend a lot of time and attention-in the second step for developing and creating the single final image in his darkroom. He's passionate about old techniques-alternatives processes and experiments with film. He specialized in the development of the image with the paintbrush on silver photographic paper. With this technique he's looking to create image that look like of his dreams or his imagination.


More About Xavier Vanlaere

Question IconWhat inspires you?

The warm light, The Music and the silence, the cities at dawn, the graceful silhouettes and the wild flowers ..The pictorialist photography of Robert Demachy,The mysterious images of Dolores Marat, The humanist Willy Ronis . The brut art of jean Dubuffet and Slavko Kopac, Twombly expressionist abstraction...The subim work of Nicolas De Stael

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Once the sensitive paper is exposed under the photographic enlargerI develop my photographs with a brush in my darkroom . with this technique I try to create the images that I have in my mind. The images of my dreams or of my imagination.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Inner necessity-Imaginary

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Tapiès and his matierist painting . ...Chopin, Mozart and Radiohead ....Too many artists in very different disciplines have indirectly inspired me. All the artists who moved me, transported me elsewhere in another sworld inspires me

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?


Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

It looks like a dream !

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I go a little in the real present world, a little in my memories and a little in my imagination

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Last updated: December 13, 2021



Carlos Barrantes-Laurent Lafolie : Formation Les Procédés pigmentaires à la gomme-Paris

France, 2018

Centre Iris-Paris

France, 2015

Writing Workshop training-PPIM-Marseille

France, 2015


France, 2013

" Use your emotional Intelligence"AFORE-St Etienne

France, 2012

Amicale du Nid -Marseille

France, 2012

AMPTA -Marseille

France, 2006


France, 2004


Nominee-Black and White spiders awards-USA


Grand Prize Winner "Le Bonheur" -La Marseillaise-


Finalist-Transphotographiques de Lille-France


Winner-Mariage,l'imprévu-Le Monde de l'Image -France



Marseille-Paris-Galerie Art 21-Paris

France, 2019

Voies Off-Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie d'Arles

France, 2018

L'aube en sténopé( Before dawn with a pinhole)- Galerie Désir d'Art-Marseille

France, 2017

Marseille La Pluie-Immeuble La Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier-Marseille

France, 2016

La Petite Histoire-Collective exhibition-Galerie Charivari-Marseille

France, 2015

Collective exhibition-Street Photography-Upstream Galery-New York

United States of America, 2015

Les Passants-Gare Saint Charles-Marseille

France, 2014

Entre deux-Galerie Cameron

France, 2014

Les Passants-Galerie Vols de nuit

France, 2013

Visage Intérieur-Voies Off des Rencontres d'Arles

France, 2013

Les Passants-Collective exhibition-Street Photography-Kat Kiernan Gallery-Lexington

United States of America, 2011

Entre Deux-Les Boutographies-Montpellier

France, 2011

Entre Deux-Galerie Camayeux

France, 2008

Entre Deux- Voies Off des Rencontres d'Arles

France, 2007


Le monde de l'image


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