Patrick de Mervelec


Studied at the Institut National de la Photographie. Assistant to Maurice Tabard, master of still life and solarisation. Photo-reporter for Paris Match. Features on The Beatles, Deneuve, Piaf, Churchill. Portraits of actors for 20th Century Fox.


Fashion photography : Marie-Claire, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Femme, L’Officiel. Advertising photography & films : Pommery, Cristal St Louis, Audi, Porsche, Citroën, Peugeot, Renault, Nina Ricci, Ungaro, Scherrer, Givenchy, Hanae Mori, Jean-Charles de  Castelbajac, Armani, Charles Jourdan, La Perla, Blanc Bleu.


Theatre : actor, director – works with Peter Brook, Yoshi Oïda, Andréas Voutzinas. Acts in ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘Brand’ by Ibsen ; ‘Michael Kohlhaas’ by Von Kleist. Starts ‘Théâtre des Cinquantes’ with Claude Brasseur, Delphine Seyrig. Directs documentary film ‘L’Atelier’ on the Actors’ Studio – New York (45 min, Colour). ‘L’Atelier’ is housed in the permanent collection of the Pompidou Centre, Paris.


French Presidential election campaign portrait of François Mitterrand (‘La Force Tranquille’) (working with Jacques Séguéla / EuroRSCG)


Member of Leica Foundation with Doisneau, Salgado, Depardon, Klein, Sieff. Exhibitions (reportage, fine arts) at Vieille Charité – Marseilles, Maison de Lyon, Mois de la Photo – Paris


‘Splendeurs et Misères du Corps’ at the Museum of Modern Art – Paris. Works from exhibition housed in permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art – Paris


Photographic project on Bicentennial of French Revolution, ‘Histoires de France 1789 / 1989’. Exhibition ‘Histoires de France’, at FNAC Art Galleries in La Défense ; Caen ;  Dijon;  Clermont Ferrand. Publishes (in gravure) ‘Histoires de France – 1789 / 1989’ (Editions Contrejour), prefaced by Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture


Romanian Presidential election campaign portrait of Emil Constantinescu (working with Jacques Séguéla / EuroRSCG)


Turkish Presidential election campaign portrait of Mesut Yilmazin (working with Jacques Séguéla / EuroRSCG)


Regular photographic assignments in Southern Africa


Publishes ‘Regards sur l’Afrique du Sud’ (Editions Nouveau Monde), with poems by Mazisi Kunene (translated into French).  At the Bastille Day celebrations, the book is presented to Nelson Mandela by the Mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi


Settles in Johannesburg


South African Presidential election campaign portrait of Thabo Mbeki (with Nelson Mandela) (working with TBWA Hunt Lascaris)


Publishes ‘The Jo’Burgers’ (Protea Book House), prefaced by Don Mattera. ‘The Jo’Burgers’ exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum (July & August). ‘The Jo’Burgers’ exhibition tours Alliance Française Centres throughout Africa.


Publishes ‘Nude Landscape’ (Protea Book House). ‘Nude Landscape’ exhibition at Photoza Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg (February – March). ‘Looking at South Africa’ exhibition at Rau Art Gallery, Johannesburg (June)


Publishes ‘Looking at South Africa : 1994 – 2004’ (de Mervelec & Aurouet). A series of ‘Looking at South Africa’ exhibitions held throughout Africa (Alliance Française Centres) and at Zuva Art Gallery, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg (February – March)


‘The South African Ballet Theatre’ exhibition – Gesseau Art, Craighall Park, Johannesburg (May). Publishes ‘The South African Ballet Theatre’, (In Camera Art Publications), launched at the opening night of the SABT production of ‘La Traviata’ at the State Theatre, Pretoria, in the presence of Jean Felix-Paganon, Ambassador of France and Tito Mboweni, Governor of the Reserve Bank & Patron of SABT


Exhibition ‘Cul de sac – my pilgrimage with Johnny Clegg’ at Alliance Française, Johannesburg (May); Espace Michel Simon, Noisy-le-Grand, Paris (September); Museum Africa, Johannesburg (November –  February). Publishes the catalogue ‘Cul de Sac, my pilgrimage with Johnny Clegg’ (In Camera Art Publications)


Exhibition ‘The Gautrain, constructivism & urbanism’ at Alliance Française, Johannesburg (March) opened by Paul Mashatile, Premier of Gauteng, in the presence of Denis Pietton, Ambassador of France. Exhibition of vintage print collection, ‘Histoires de France 1789 – 1989’ at Alliance Française, Johannesburg (July)




‘Histoires de France – 1789 / 1989’ (Editions Contrejour)


‘Regards sur l’Afrique du Sud’ (Editions Nouveau Monde)


‘The Jo’Burgers’ (Protea Book House)


‘Nude Landscape’ (Protea Book House)


‘Looking at South Africa : 1994 – 2004’ (de Mervelec & Aurouet)


‘The South African Ballet Theatre’ (In Camera Art Publications)


‘Cul de Sac, my pilgrimage with Johnny Clegg’ (In Camera Art Publications