The photographer Jean - Philippe Charbonnier stays out from classifications. Born in an intellectual background (his mother wrote and his father painted canvas) he really improves a real pleasure to be with people specially the poor confrontated to nature like the island of Sein fishermen. Yet Jean - Philippe Charbonnier begins artistic career by working with the cinematographer Sam Levin on differents sets. He also makes fashion pictures outside studios who is something new at that time (end of the 1930's). But the WWII will deeply change his life and arousing him a big interest for the documentary picture movment leading by the American photographer Walker Ewans. After the war the photographers from the humanist movment immortalize hope but Jean - Philippe Charbonnier will see excesses during the Liberation or inside psychiatric institutions and he will testify about that towards his pictures. During the 1970's he will do many pictures for big French or abroad companies and also will build the famous Arles meetings.