Jacques Garnier was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in French in 1969 at the University of California and a Master’s Degree in 1971 in French Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Garnier’s work has been shown and collected in museums, academic institutions, and galleries in the United States, Europe and China. Garnier’s major bodies of work explore the space between the world and the individual, an often detached and disconnected area. His photographic observations reflect upon the isolation felt by many in world changing at a logarithmic pace, where technology tugs at the edges of humanity. Recently, Garnier’s efforts have focused on a more minimalistic approach to seeing - utilizing liberal use of negative space while removing much of the clutter and distractions from the imagery in an effort of freeing us from the chaos that surrounds us.
In 2004, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art purchased a portfolio of his photographs for their permanent collection. In 2005, he received a photography and solo exhibition commission from the Southeast Museum of Photography for their permanent collection. In 2006, Garnier was one of six artists who transformed an F-18 jet hanger into the world’s largest camera to make the world’s largest photograph, a huge transitional statement marking the end of 168 years of traditional film based photography and the commencement of the digital dominance.
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