About Jean-Paul

Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1957, Jean-Paul Lefret (www.jplefret.com) left the Africa of his youth at 16 years old to pass his high school degree in France. He also attended the famous Ecole Nationale Superieure de photographie Louis-Lumiere (www.ens.louis-lumiere.fr), from which he graduated in 1980.

Jean-Paul has worked for numerous magazines including Dealer de luxe, Muteen, Vogue Bambini, l’Officiel, le Figaro Madame, and Milk, and he has photographed several  advertising and fashion campaigns including Diesel, Sony, Nestlé, Leroy Merlin, Jacadi, Sony, Triton, Muratti, Miko, Fiat, Ariston, and Marks & Spencer. For several years, he taught at the photographic school ACE3P at Ivry-sur-Seine. Jean-Paul is currently working on a personal project photographing several ethnic groups: The Tiwi Aborigines from Northern Australia, the Inuits of Nunavut from the Pont Inlet area and the Tsataans of Mongolia.  Jean-Paul Lefret is also co-founder, contributor and editor of the magazine “The Play Ground”, which is based on photography, childhood and family (www.theplaygroundmagazine.com). This magazine is as artistic as it is prestigious, distributed exclusively in shops such as Colette, Merci, le Palais de Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Corso Como in Milan and the ABC in Tokyo.

Based in the XIXe arrondissement, where he owns a photo studio: Photo Studio La Salle de Bain, Jean-Paul Lefret, is represented in Paris, London, Milan and Sao Paulo and works for several international companies. He is currently working on a personal project on the theme of “ the animism of our civilization”, which is a set of urban and contemporary setting in which he adds young female characters inspired from icons.

My childhood Africa gave me the will to memorize all those lights and incredible daily life scenes. Those images and memories pushed me to become a photographer. In all the different contexts, from portraits to fashion including ethnographic photography, what I am trying to primarily do is to catch the memory of people’s lives, through a look, a posture or a place. On the other hand, my great experience with a traditional camera made it possible for me to appreciate the digital one while keeping a high standard photo shoot.” Jean-Paul Lefret

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