Perspektivet Museum is confirming its role as a centre of showing documentary photos in Northern Norway. We now have established an exciting collaboration with Magnum Photos in Paris, and will be able to display some of the best photographers in the world here in Tromsø. At the time being we are proud to invite our visitors to the exhibition ”Pleine Mer” by the French Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy. The exhibition lasts from 28th of April until 6th of January 2008. Born in south-western France, Jean Gaumy worked as an editor and photographer on a regional daily while finishing his university studies in literature in Rouen in 1969–72. He submitted his first photographs to the Viva agency in 1969, going on to join Gamma in 1973 and Magnum in 1977.
I want to go to sea and this urge already contains the germ of the idea. It can’t be to do with a reportage. It’s something else. I don’t know what exactly. I’ll have to tell a story. Tell it simply. Avoid pretence, the heroic tone. Stay at the human level.
Excerpt from Jean Gaumy’s notebooks (Men at Sea, Harry N. Abrams, 2002, this translation by John Tittensor)