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Yvan Zedda
Sailor or photographer … and why not both?

The sea through a lens, it is a choice which for 25 years drives him on the water, under the water or in the air, to find the best angle shot. The tightrope artists on multihulls, the thumb feet fishermen, and the Southern Brittany landscapes are his favourite subjects.

But when the bad weather becomes threatening, he also likes being in a studio to elaborate pictures still inspired by the sea.

Studio or feature … he heart hesitates but the choice is too difficult and absolutely wants to keep this duality which is a part of his personanility.

His pictures illustrate numerous specialises magazines and advertising campaigns. His photographic library now rich of more than 100 000 shots furnish and advertising agencies, press, tourism, offices, publishers, Etc…

When important event are coming, his timetable is a little tight. Skipping from features to tell the life of a single handed skipper, flights in helicopter to follow these powerful speedy boats struggling against the open sea swell, his everyday life is constantly exhilarating.


Born the 1st December 1960 in Reims from a Sardinian Father and a Russian mother, Yvan Zedda discovers professional photography in Sardinia when this island offered him the pleasures of the sea and diving.

(1976) At sixteen, he leaves school to join the ship’s Boys School to live his passion for the sea and travelling. In Brest harbour, he discovers the sailing world, thanks to the Marine Club boast and the schooners “La Belle Poule” et L’Etoile”. His camera as eternal companion (a voigtlander in its leather holster pinched to his father), he will then evolve among marine commandos who will get him near the sea and adventure.

(1980) His passion for photography incites him to leave the navy to live at last from the picture trade while keeping his eyes on the horizon line. In Lorient, as an assistant, he starts showing his talent in the photography environment.

(1984) Passing a photography CAP (ability certificate) as free candidate, he manages to obtain a bank’s trust which allow him to create his first enterprise. For a while dependant from advertising photography, he will follow more and more the nautical events taking place in Lorient and Brittany.

(1989) His growing experience in the sailing environment offers him the occasion to integrate the “See and Sea” agency, which publishes the pictures in the press.

Thanks to Laurent Bourgnon, he discovers the sensations provided by sailing on these fabulous speed boats, the multihulls. From this encounter his first strong pictures will emerge and their notable publication, offering him his first letters patent of nobility for the national and international press.
This acknowledgement will then allow him to cooperate with famous skippers suc as : Mike Birch, Alain Gautier, Roland Jourdain, Loîck Peyron, Philippe Monnet, Marc Guillemot, Farnck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux etc…

The Trimaran will take an expending place in his activity, but the studio remains a discipline he absolutely wants to keep for it represents the technical aspect of the mastered light. His savoir faire in studio allows him to realize advertising visuals for different equipment traders and therefore keep in touch with the sea. Nevertheless, his favourite subject when he is not on the water is gastronomy, and he appreciates a lot encounters with famous chefs whose numerous cookbooks he illustrates.

Always an eye towards the sky, he never misses an occasion to enrich his photographic library with submarine and aerial photos, landscapes and portraits he also realizes to satisfy his hobbies: submarine diving, paragliding and travelling.

On board of his own boat especially equipped for photo, does not hesitate to go on every racing site to be always in the heart of action. His offices and studio are anchored at about one hundred meters from the nautical pole of Lorient, to be as near as possible from his favourite subjects. He works with a four person, team (photographer – graphist - iconographer) to do his best to satisfy demands and the evolution of modern photography, and being able to keep most of his time for PDV. The creation of a graphic studio (Bleu Safran) allows him to master the picture from the acquisition to the printing and then propose to his customer’s ready – made projects. The growing demand from private individuals to buy photo proofs from his features incites him to develop an exhibition gallery, to create a manufacturing workshop to realize himself his framed and personalized original proofs.


Voiles et Voiliers, Bateaux, Course au Large, Altitude Voile, Nautique, Zeilen, Yacht, l’Equipe Mag, Le Télégramme, Voile Magazine, VSD, Paris Match, Le Figaro Magazine.

Publishing agencies
UMA Press (Paris) – Blue Green (UK) Sea and See (Milan)

Official Photographer
Transat Jacques Vabre, Transat AG2R, IB Group Challenge, Grand Prix Multicoques ORMA, Heineker Regatta (SAint Martin), King’s Cup Regatta (Thailand), Challenge Mondial Assistance, Groupama /Franck Cammas, Gitana Team, Banque Populaire/ Pascal Bidegory et Jeanne Gregoire, Foncia/Alain Gautier, Fuji/Loick Peyron, La Trinitaine /Marc Guillemot, Sopra/Philippe Monnet, Brossard /Yvan Bourgnon, Sodebo/Thomas Coville, Belgacom, Sill, Veolia/Roland Jourdain, Whaou !/FY Escoffier….

Recent events
Vendée Gobe, Voiles Saint Tropez, Giraglia, Route du Rhum, The Transat, Spi Ouest France, Records Transoécéaniques…

« Livre en fête » Ploemeur 2002, « 30 ans de l’UNCL » Paris 2000, « Encre et Voile » Lorient 1999, « Courant d’Air dans la cour d’Eole » Lorient 1996 « Yeux de Mains » Quéven 1994, « La fièvre au stade Azteca » Mexico 1986.

Publishing Books
See people’s portraits (Gallimard) – 30 years of open sea racing (Jacob Duvernet ) Gourmey Brittany (Acanthe) Moha Marrakech’s cooking (Acanthe) Look between painting and poetry (Liv’ editions). The seas Formule 1 (Acanthe) Imbarked together (Alain Gautier / Foncia éditeur Attique) Naval architectura (editions de la Villette) The world upside down (Philippe Monnet Glénat) I colori dell’oceano (longanesi C.) Transat Jacques Vabre 2001 ‘(Pen Duick) Rouite du Rhum Agenda 2003 (open sea race)

Posters – postcards
Editions Art et Image (Crac’h – Morbihan)
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