Gérard Rancinan

Born in 1953 in Talence, Southwest France, Gérard Rancinan takes striking and graphic photographs that depict our relationship with popular culture and icons of our time, questioning newly established values. Rancinan began his photographic career as an apprentice in the photo lab of a Bordeaux daily newspaper, and later became a photojournalist at the age of 18, eventually working for newly founded Sygma photo-press agency. He spent 13 years at Sygma, covering major world events, from natural disasters to political upheavals, as well as sports, entertainment and fashion. He left Sygma to set up his own agency in 1986, before once again becoming independent in 1989. Rancinan’s imperious need to interpret the world has produced startling images filtered through a unique aesthetic and journalistic prism. His photographs of athletes, artists, ecclesiastics and politicians are celebrated as richly artistic and historical investigations of contemporary portraiture, earning him four first prizes for the prestigious World Press Photo Awards. His works been published on the front pages of major magazines internationally. As a fine art photographer, Rancinan incorporating traditional modes of photography with inventive narratives, giving a sensitive and unique view of the world we inhabit. Rather than presenting reality at face value, these fastidious compositions explore and critique social currencies through raw and destabilising imagery. One of France’s leading photographers, Rancinan has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, and is part of many prestigious private collections of contemporary art. He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2006, and later Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.

  • Gérard Rancinan / The Destiny of Men

    Gérard Rancinan / The Destiny of Men

    London

    March 09, 2017 - March 15, 2017

  • The Photographer Rancinan in Dubai

    The Photographer Rancinan in Dubai

    Dubai

    October 06, 2016 - October 20, 2016

  • Corda / Rancinan

    Corda / Rancinan

    Singapore

    February 26, 2016 - March 13, 2016

  • Raw Footage

    Raw Footage

    London

    July 01, 2015 - July 31, 2015

  • Chaos by Rancinan

    Chaos by Rancinan

    Hong Kong

    May 13, 2014 - May 31, 2014

  • 20th Anniversary

    20th Anniversary

    Singapore

    April 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014

  • Rancinan XXL

    Rancinan XXL

    London

    March 19, 2014 - April 03, 2014

  • The Great American Icons

    The Great American Icons

    Seoul

    March 13, 2014 - April 20, 2014

  • RANCINAN Le Festin des Barbares

    RANCINAN Le Festin des Barbares

    Paris

    November 22, 2013 - December 03, 2013

  • Utopia, photography show

    Utopia, photography show

    Seoul

    May 16, 2013 - June 16, 2013

  • Rancinan in Geneva

    Rancinan in Geneva

    Geneva

    February 28, 2013 - March 21, 2013

  • Contemporary Emotion

    Contemporary Emotion

    London

    February 13, 2013 - March 09, 2013

  • Rancinan solo show

    Rancinan solo show

    Hong Kong

    November 11, 2011 - December 01, 2011