Photographer, director and artist from the film festival city of Cannes on the French Riviera in France, was born in 1952 and trained in professional photography and film direction at a private photography and film school in Switzerland.
Soon after launching his career in photography, Jean landed a job with France Soir newspaper, photographing up and coming stars, and then Sygma international press agency, the largest press agency in the world at the time, in Paris. In the early 70’s, he was sent to Africa, where violent wars had broken out in Ethiopia and Chad. His photographs were published in every major international news publication, time magazine, being one example.
From the late-seventies through the nineties, Jean combined his admiration for beautiful women, travel and photography and became one of the best and most well known, erotic photographers.
In the early 80’s Jean signed a contract with European editions of Playboy Magazine. Publishers all over the world, including Japan, appreciated Jean Rougeron’s work and named him the best erotic photographer in the world three years consecutively! Unusually bright colors and exotic, luxurious locations are Jean’s trademark!
Always interested in art, painting, collage, and décor, in the nineties, Jean developed his own art technique, he named “diopaint”, a word combining the French word diopositive, (slide), and paint. He starts with a slide, which is shot at different speeds and develops in various ways. Then comes the delicate work of manipulation of the negative. He also paints directly on the slide with a secret mixture, (not to be confused with other artists who paint on photographs), then prints the final image onto museum quality, archival photo paper guaranteed for 200 years!
Jean was the first to produce erotic magazine videos for international distribution and Playboy cable TV. Jean has and continues to direct full feature films and tv shows.
JEAN ROUGERON / AMERICAN DREAM
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Show opens September 27, 2014 | 8-11pm