The book


Olivier Degen was born in Lausanne in 1963. A self-taught photographer, he has followed jazz musicians and improvisers for many years. A meeting with the drummer and painter Daniel Humair  that soon developed into a friendship got Olivier Degen interested in the work

and life of the musicians. The economy of means that characterizes his work – one camera with a 50mm lens - brings a formal rigor and as a just distance to the photographed subjects. He has published two books on music:

Jazz Portraits Daniel, Bruno, Louis, Michel et les autres (Trans Photographic Press, 2010) and Jazz Alone together (2018). In 2011, he also released Portraits of Marie Morel.

Francis Marmande was born in Bayonne in 1945. He is a Professor emeritus of the University of Paris-Sorbonne-Cités. Since 1977, collaborator in the French daily newspaper Le Monde (jazz, literature, society, bullfighting) after collaborating with Liberation (1976 - 1978).

He is the author of twenty books and the publisher of the last three volumes of Georges Bataille's Complete Works published by Editions Gallimard.

He presents himself not as "a musician", but as "a guy who plays music ...

very amateur bass player" which did not stop him from being the guest of great musicians (Archie Shepp, Jean-Louis Chautemps, Louis Sclavis, Bernard Lubat, Jac Berrocal, and Paco El Lobo ... ). Plane and glider pilot.


Pierre Bonnefille was born in Saint-Quentin in 1958.

He is a painter, designer and “Maître d’Art” (Art Master). He creates his own materials and textures, made from mineral powder, limestone, lava, marble, earth, from natural pigments and metallic powders. He draws his inspiration from the colors of  nature with architectural references from Venice,

Pompei and Kyoto. In his work, the intensity, color and movements of light propose a ceaseless, new interpretation of color giving them a unique and particular identity. Pierre Bonnefille’s inimitable know-how for his wall compositions  and home pieces have taken the form of creations around

the globe, from private projects to major institutions and luxury brands

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