In En Transition Spotlight: Jean-Francois Leblanc

In/En Transition

March 2-31 2018  | Opening Reception March 2 | Artist talk March 3

In/En Transition presents an exchange of photography by exhibiting six Quebec artists in Toronto, and six Ontario artists in Montreal, reinforcing a sense of community between the two provinces.

Artists- Toronto- Connections Gallery
André DenisNathalie GarceauJudith BellavanceCaroline Hayeur, Jean-Francois Leblanc, Guy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?

I believe a good image should not only contain information that invites reflection, but also be aesthetically pleasing and trigger emotion. It must be self-explanatory, and not require words. In my practice, photography is a means of recording a scene directly, without artifice. The image is constructed when it is shot, and not subjected to major modifications afterwards. This concept of photography respects the ethics of photojournalism and the documentary process. Subjectivity and creativity are expressed in the choices made and in the very act of photographing and not in subsequent image alteration.

Bio

Jean-François Leblanc has dedicated himself to photography since 1982, when he got his
Bachelor’s degree in Communications at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He started his career as a photographer while working for many neighborhood community newspapers in Montreal. In 1984, he became the official photographer of Montreal’s International Jazz Festival. In 1987, while working full-time for Le Matin, a new Montreal daily, he decided to create Agence Stock Photo, a collective of photographers committed to photojournalism.
His artistic approach has always been coherent during his career as a photographer. The
recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, he has presented, since 1984, many exhibitions on his personal projects at, among others, the Montreal Maisons de la Culture network, and also during the Mois de la Photo period in Montreal. Abroad, his work was presented in Mexico during the Mes de la Foto in Merida, in over forty Europeans cities through the FNAC galleries network and during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photo d’Arles in France. His work can be found in the collections of the Quebec National Museum of Fine Art, the network Accès-culture of the City of Montreal ( PADORAC), the Cirque du Soleil and Post Canada.

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