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Catalogue L'oeil Musical

April 2015 - Coutances (France), Center Animation Les Unelles, Festival "Jazz sous les pommiers"

November 2014 - Agen (France), Cinéma Les Montreurs d'Images

June 2011 - Saint-Louis (Senegal) Institute French

May 2011 - Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso), Institute French

February 2011 - Le Port (La Réunion, France), Médiathèque and Ecole de Beaux-Arts

October 2010 - Fès (Maroc), Institute French

July 2010 - Caracas (Venezuela), Center of Arts La Estancia

February 2010 - Pont l'Abbé (France), Cultural Center "Le Triskell"

October 2009 - Nevers (France), Festival of jazz at Cultural Center

September 2009 - Montbéliard (France), Allan, Scène Nationale

June 2009 - Washington DC (USA), Maison de France and Festival Duke Ellington

September 2008 - Paris, Cité de la Musique 

The musical eye of Philippe Gras 2008-09-03

The Free Years and other photographs...

Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus... first it is with jazz that Philippe gives us striking photographs of musicians in action. Especially the jazz of the great Free maelstrom of the 1960s and 1970s with Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, and many others.

In a spare style using grainy black and white, the strength of Philippe Gras’s photographic art is its ability to suggest the music’s sound through a subtle play of light, whether it be ambient light or a back-lit spotlight.

His art also worked wonders with progressive rock, American minimalist music and avant-garde theater and dance. He collaborated with the Festival d’Automne, Jazz Hot, Jazz Magazine, Actuel, l’Art Vivant.

“He was so special!” exclaimed Robert Wilson when he learned of his death.

Daniel Caux