|Gilles Martin-Raget was born on April 9, 1955 in Arles (South of France) where he lived for 20 years before moving to Montpellier and Aix en Provence where he attended university and graduated in Economics. He discovered sailing at the age of 19 during a training session with sailor Marc Linski. His new passion became a permanent hobby, then a fulltime job.
Improving his crewing skills every year, Gilles mainly sailed in the Mediterranean sea, aboard large racing and cruising yachts, including maxi yachts. After several racing seasons, he reached the required level to participate in the prestigious America’s Cup onboard France 3 at Newport (RI) in 1983 with Bruno Troublé as skipper.
The French team was eliminated at the early stages of what was the first edition of the Louis Vuitton Cup, but Gilles stayed in Newport to cover the historical win of Australia II, working as a journalist for several sailing magazines. Gilles’ success began here with publications and a cover on Sail Magazine after the Cup was won by a non-American team for the first time ever. This was a memorable moment and Gilles took on photography and journalism as a fulltime job. The America’s Cup has since become one of Gilles’ specialties, having covered every single edition while working for numerous top media organizations like AFP, L’Equipe and Liberation.
Arles, France, is known for the famous international photography festival. Living there made it easy for Gilles to always have his camera close by. Amongst the first photos produced are those taken as a teenager of the beautiful landscaping around Arles such as Camargue, Alpilles and Luberon. Racing photos then became his passion. Gilles began working for sailing magazines and met his wife, Maguelonne, also a yachting journalist. They now enjoy three children and their home in Marseille.
Gilles has become internationally renowned thanks to his hard work and in-depth knowledge of the sailing and marine features he photographs. He is a regular contributor to most of the prominent sailing magazines throughout the world, an author of numerous books on sailing and sailors, the Official Photographer for many top racing sailors, internationally known sponsors and race organizers. Gilles travels non-stop around the world to cover the greatest sailing events, cover reports on cruising destinations and sail onboard the most diverse yachts.
Gilles Martin-Raget is also the producer and advertiser for some of the greatest names in the marine industry including Wally yachts, Bénéteau, Jeanneau, and Fountaine Pajot, as well as for broker, charter and marine equipment companies. His stock includes over 400 000 images: a goldmine for publishers, advertising agencies and corporate companies. International distribution is handled through several specialized agencies.
Year after year, Gilles has improved his field in the marine world, covering the sea and the shore as well as every aspect of the maritime environment and sailing, yet always remained faithful to his origins, shooting spectacular landscapes of Provence with its vivid traditions and famous art de vivre. Two boutiques are located in Saint Rémy de Provence and in Marseille, in the heart of the “Vieux Port” (historical harbor) where the public can admire Gilles’s work, purchase photos and custom framing.
After working many years on his own, Gilles is now surrounded by a small, very efficient and dedicated team who helps him with the production of his images, the Marines and Provence photo stock, the boutiques as well as the new services offered to valued customers due to advanced digital photography such as online image banks created for Orange or BMW ORACLE Racing. The administration of this website www.martin-raget.com was launched in 1998 and fully revised in 2005. The new, more attractive version allows the public to view many more images and order them in a fast, convenient way.
Press, regular contribution
Voiles et Voiliers (Fr.) - Mer & Bateaux (Fr.) - Yacht Capital (It.) - Yachting World (Angl.) - Boat International (UK) - Nautique (Holl.) - Zeilen (Holl.) - Yacht (All) - Meer & Yachten (All.) - Libération (Couverture America's Cup 92, 95,2000) - L'Equipe Magazine (Fr.) - Seahorse (UK) - Sailing World USA) - Pays de Provence (FR.).
UMA (Paris, Fr.) - Hoa Qui (Paris, Fr.) - Wallis Marseille, Fr.) - Sea and See Italia (Milano, It.) - Contentmine 24 (Hannover, All.) - Kos Picture Source (Londres, UK).
Circuit Multicoques ORMA (depuis 2001) - The Race (2000) - Jeux Olympiques (2000) ; America's cup (83, 87, 88, 92, 95, 2000, 2003) ; Admiral's Cup (89, 91, 93, 97) ; Whitbread (91, 95, 97) ; Nioulargue/Voiles de St Tropez (depuis 1986) ; Route du Rhum (90, 94, 98, 2002) ; Vendée Globe (94, 96, 2000, 2004) ; Grand Prix de match racing ; Régates des yachts de tradition (Saint Tropez, Cannes, Brest, Monaco, Porto Cervo) ; Grand Prix Offshore ; Courses transocéaniques ; Régates internationales (SORC, Sardinia Cup, Kenwood Cup, Key West races, SNIM, Spi Ouest France) - Maxi series.
BMW ORACLE Racing (2003-2007) – Sodebo/Thomas Coville (2005) - Orange/Bruno Peyron (2002-2004) - Route du Rhum 2002 - Generali Solo (depuis 2001) - Circuit Multicoques ORMA (depuis 2001) - Equipe de France de voile olympique (2000, 2004) - Défi Français America's Cup Auckland 2000 - Catherine Chabaud/Whirlpool (96-98) - Christophe Auguin/Geodis (96-98) - Monaco Classic Week (94, 96, 97) - Louis Vuitton Cup 95 - America's Cup Tag Heuer Challenge (Chris Dickson, San Diego 95) - Défi Français pour l’America's Cup (Marc Pajot, San Diego 92) - Cataworld Cup (92, 93, 94, 95) - Kouros Cup (Match racing Saint Tropez 91, 92, 93) - Equipe de France Admiral's Cup, Corum Sailing Team (93) - Défi Français pour l'America's Cup - Yves Pajot (Perth, 87) - Tour de France à la Voile (78).
« L’œil en Seyne » /Villa Tamaris 2004 - La Seyne 2004 - CCI Marseille (Août 2004) - Festival de la Photo de mer de Vannes (sept 2003) - Conservatoire de la plaisance de Bordeaux (95) - Salon Nautique de Paris (95, 2001) - Musée de l'appareil photographique (Vevey 95) - Festival de l'Image de mer (La Rochelle 96) - A bord du Marseillois (Marseille, septembre 96) - Salon Nautique (Marseille, mars 97) - Océans d’Images (Itinérante, avril-décembre 97) - Rencontres Aphoram (Sainte Maxime, mai 97) - Forum FNAC Monaco (sept 97) –
Provence , un avant goût de Paradis (Editions Cres 2004) - Marseille en mer (2003, Editions Jeanne Laffitte) –Mincir de plaisir (2003, M. Biehn, Editions Flammarion) - En Mer (2002, Editions du Chêne) - Lumières en Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur (2002, 6 auteurs, Editions Actes Sud) - Secrets de Gardians (2002, J. Maigne, Editions Actes Sud) - The Race, le tour du monde des Géants (2001, Editions du Chêne) - Le Patrimoine de Marseille (2001, Editions Jeanne Lafitte) - "Routes et Chemins de Provence" (2000, N. Duck, Editions Flammarion) - "Les bonnes herbes de Provence" (2000, M. Biehn, Editions Flammarion, prix du "Livre gourmand" 2000) - « Secrets d’arlésiennes » (1999, M. Biehn, Editions Actes Sud, prix du livre "Côté Sud" 99) - « Yachts Classiques » (1998, Editions du Chêne, 3 éditions étrangères) - « Les plus belles escales à la voile » (1998, Editions E/P/A) - « 25 ans de Voiles » (1996 - 6 auteurs) - Voiles et Marins 98-99 (1998, Editions Chiron) - « Voiles et Marins 1997 - 98 » (1997, Editions Chiron) - « Whitbread 1991 », (texte) ; « Rhum, route océane » (1990, texte & photos en collaboration avec Philip Plisson).
Posters, calendars, postcards
Editions Pêcheur d’Images (la Trinité/mer, Fr.) – Editions Afitch (Marseille, Fr.) - Editions Wizard & Genius (Genève, Sui.) - Editions Secam (Lyon, Fr.) - Editions Lavigne (Paris, Fr.) - Editions du Boumian (St Rémy de Provence, Fr.) - Editions du Désastre (Paris, Fr.) - Editions LPI (Le Mans, Fr.) – Editions Palazzi (All) – G Nautic Editions (Nantes).
Jeanneau (2004) - Les Olivades (2001-2003) - Wally Yachts (depuis 1999) - Bénéteau (1990-2000) - Fountaine-Pajot (depuis 1993) - Avon (depuis 1999) - Construction Navales de Bordeaux (depuis 1993-200) - Dufour (1996) - Fairline - Princess (Marine Project) - Wauquiez - VPM (charter) - Perrini Navi (97) - Grand Soleil (93-97) - Sealine (97) - Moorings (97) - Catana (2000-2001)