Jacques Garnier was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948 and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971.
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 the isolation felt by many in a world changing at an exponential rate, where technology tugs at the edges of humanity.
Over the past decades, Garnier has concentrated on imagery of urban redistribution in the American landscape, vestiges of populations gone and all–too-quickly-forgotten. While photographing their remains as part archaeology, part documentation and part voyeurism a reconstructive history begins to unfold and as R.D. Laing reminds us: “We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” 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. Of late, Garnier’s work has become more abstract emphasizing a peeling away of the layers of complexity in our lives with an effort to simplify the chaos that often surrounds us.
Garnier continues to explore these disappearing landscapes and man’s relationship to his environment. This theme is emphasized in his work as president of The LegacyProject(a 15 year documentary project of shuttered military bases also producing the World’s Largest Photograph), in “Second Chances”(an exploration of land use and migration in the Mojave Desert) and in “Non-Places”and “Made/Unmade”(divergent looks at man’s disconnection from the people and places in our modern society), “Revival” (an observation on man’s struggles to live with Nature), “LA Icons” (a nostalgic view of Los Angeles unique architecture, “re[VOIR]”a black & white series utilizing negative space in an effort to encourage contemplation and introspection and most recently “A Deconstructed Odyssey” a series of abstracted and stripped down images encouraging a new way of seeing.
Garnier’s award-winning work is featured in the permanent collection of many museums including LACMA, the Southeast Museum of Photography, and Laguna Art Museum. He has participated in over 150 exhibitions including the Smithsonian, PhotoNola and the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.
Jacques Garnier’s books include: A Deconstructed Odyssey 2017, Revival2015, SecondChances2013, The Great Picture: Making the World’s Largest Photograph 2011, On The Beach2006, The Edge of Air 2005