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Jacques Vapillon
What may well be the eye of a photographer sea, beyond the mastery of the art of photography? What is it that makes it sparkle, and holds it in perpetual motion? Through the eyepiece of its cameras, Jacques Vapillon has devoted nearly thirty years to his profession and passion for the sea, ocean racers and their crazy machines to traverse the fluid space of our planet. Competitive sailing, technological prowess, human and breath of freedom are the salts founders that led the photographer to move to La Trinité sur mer in South Brittany in the early 80s.

The photographer's eye is then exerted on Formula 40, it is on all tours of France and Europe. He enjoys capturing the legend boats and the first large multihulls of Caradec Fauconnier, Gahinet, Loizeau, Riguidel, Tabarly, Arthaud, Birch, Bourgnon, Peyron, Poupon ... These sailors are renowned and make the pontoons of La Trinité lively and rythmned with departures for a transat or a world tour. The adventure is just beginning for this insatiable racer sailing events around the globe. He goes shooting and works simultaneously with the preparation of racing boats. Constantly alert and ready to follow the sailors in their achievements, he covers most of the sailing events, often as official photographer. By 1988, he contributes with his images and countless stories to the growth of the department of sailing news agency Omnisports DPPI with which he works closely.

In 1993, while publications in international sailing news multiply, he opened his own photo gallery in La Trinité sur mer, where he exhibits, sells original prints and reproductions. He developed the business of its ultra-specialized library. If the boats and skippers go faster and faster, shooting, processing and diffusion of images too. The profession is experiencing a revolution with the advent of digital. The new tools offer the great advantage of mobility. Work and sell his products at a distance becomes reality. Jacques Vapillon seizes this opportunity and decided to separate from his gallery in 2004 to develop a new tool itinerant: a sailboat. Course on the Mediterranean sea which he undertook a tour to enrich its library with new maritime images, travel and sail with his family.

With thousands of miles and clichés in its wake, Jacques Vapillon became a maritime photographer of international renown, whose professionalism and talent are now employed by race organizers, creators of maritime events, sponsors and partners boats, skippers, communication agencies, publishers, and companies in nautical field.

Some pointers ...
1957 born in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie
1959-78 living in the south of France and Tunisia
1979 moved to Plymouth (UK) - College of Art & Design - photography section
1983 starts as a freelance photographer in La Trinite-sur-Mer.
1988 beginning of collaboration with DPPI Press Agency
1993 opening of his exhibition gallery at La Trinité-sur-Mer.
2004 began a sailing tour of the Mediterranean
2011 becomes a member of the maritime photographers group Sea & Co

References over the years ....

Agir Recouvrement - Alliaura Marine - Alphena Yachts - America’s Cup - Antal - Around Alone - Banque Populaire - Baadmagasinet - Bateaux - Berret Racoupeau - Blewstoub - B&B Castorama - Britanny Ferries - Bénéteau – Boat International - Caisse d’Epargne - Cap Lorient - Cap Istanbul - Castor & Pollux - Cercle Vert - CCI Caen - Classe Figaro - Chantier Structures - Chantier du Guip - Chasse Marée - Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly - Club Med Conseil Général de Vendée - Coop Breizh - Côté Ouest - Course Au Large - Course en Solitaire du Figaro - Cruising World - Défi Atlantique - Dehler -Delta Voiles - Discovery DPPI Press -Dufour - Dragons Gold Cup - EOL - Eric Bompard - Europa Race - EDS Atlantic Challenge - Fêtes Maritimes de Douarnenez- Flammarion - Fujicolor – Gallimard - Geodis Géo - Geronimo - Gill - Gitana - Glénat - G.Nautics - Grand Prix Ecole Navale - Grand Prix Petit Navire - Jeanneau - Groupe Finot - Harken - Harris Wilson - IDEC- Incidences - JC Decaux - Journal du Nautisme - JPS Production - Kaap Horn - Karver - La Poste -Lemer Pax L’Equipe Magazine - Le Télégramme - Loisirs Nautiques - LM Young & Rubicam - Lufthansa Macif - Maisons de l’Avenir - Maktoum Sailing Trophee - Marine Pool - Maxsea - Metmar Mini Transat - Montres Edox - Multiplast - Musto - Nacira - Nautica - Navtec - Nautix - Olay Nautic - OC Group - Odile Jacob - Open UAP - Ouest France - Paprec Synergia - PRB Primagaz - Reader’s digets - Rivacom - RORC UK - Route du Rhum - Saatchi & Saatchi - Safran - Sagarmatha - Sailing Journal - Sea & See - Seatec - Seilas - Sellor - Semaine du Golfe - SRD Sodebo - Solar - Spi Ouest-France - Swiss Boat - Sydney-Hobart - Team Adventure Telecom Italia - The Transat - The Race - Tour de Belle-Ile - Transat AG2R - Transat Jacques Vabre - Uship - Val Navtika - Vela Latina - Vela -Velux 5 Oceans - Vendée Globe Vento di Venezia - Ville de Brest - Voiles & Voiliers - White Shark - X Voiles - X-Yachts - Yachting World - Zeilen

… and without naming them, all the skippers and sailors of exception that allowed me to take their portrait and produce images on board, under sail on all seas of the globe.