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Jean Michel Berts was born on November 27th, 1959
Despite a promising scientific career, Jean-Michel Berts chose a different path to become a photographer. With his first Rolleiflex, he became sensitive to the effects of light. Since the eighties he has worked as a still life photographer for several well-known cosmetics and perfume brands. While involved in this field, he pursued a body of work with a more personal focus, called City Portrait. To achieve this unique rendering, it took him more than one year of work and research.
Jean-Michel Berts collects the essence of cities. This glance is there to remind us of the grandeur of civilizations. The abstraction of characters makes it possible to move human construction forward and thus reanimate its timelessness. From Paris to New York or Venice to London, Tokyo and Jerusalem, through his eyes these sublimated cities take a poetic, ethereal and dreamlike value. As he likes to say, "Architectural construction is the cultural reflection of a civilization."
His shots were taken in the early morning or late at night, to meet specific lighting requirements. Berts has intentionally focused on man-made constructions, devoid of human presence, in order to allow them to “live”, to exist, in their own right.
“I wonder if the sensation of light precedes in my photos... I am searching for the sensations that are in harmony with myself. The absence of time the common denominator of all my photos.”
Today Berts enjoys an international reputation and exhibits his work at numerous art fairs around Europe.