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Born: Pierre M.G. Toutain-Dorbec 
Dates:  1951, 16 April -
Born:  France, Normandy, Orbec
Active:  Global
French-born photojournalist and documentary photographer.

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Pierre is a photographer who's self reflection is expressed through his work, humanism always his emphasis. He is also an author, a painter, a sculptor and a publisher. He lives and works in New Mexico, USA.
Pierre grew up in Orbec, Normandy and in Paris, where his family had homes. His family moved between Paris and Orbec, as needed to accommodate Pierre's education, and his mother's career. From a young age his education was focused in the arts. His Grandfather, Gabriel, and his Uncle, Jean, where photographers and artists. Gabriel was a photographer in WWI. Pierre's father, Jacques, was a known textile expert and designer, and now a painter. His Mother, Françoise Fontaine, was a professional musician and opera singer. His art education began with his family, who taught him the traditional techniques in drawing, painting, and sculpting. He studied photography and received complete dark room training from his uncle. Very early, in pursuit of his artistic urges, he photographed and drew his family and his native countryside, Normandy. He knew and was influenced by his grandparents neighbor the famous French figurative painter Pierre Laffillé (French, 1938-) who remains a life-time friend. At sixteen he attended one of the most famous art schools in Paris, the Atelier de la Grande-Chaumiére and received a classic art education there. At the same time, he trained and worked as an assistant with the world acclaimed photographer Wilhem Willy Maywald (German, 1907-1985), who was living and working near the Atelier.
By the end of 1968, encouraged by his uncle and grandfather, he left his hometowns of Orbec and Paris to pursue a career as a photographer. He has traveled since, photographing and reflecting on the world at large, beginning in Vietnam. Throughout his career Pierre has remained true to his original training, his work is primarily black and white, he still works with traditional film, and he maintains his own darkroom processing his own film and silver gelatins.
From 1968 to 1995 Pierre worked as a war correspondent, for both Gamma and Sygma press agencies, and as a free lance photographer, around the world. His work focused mainly on Asia, Southeast Asia and North Africa. Examples include his time in Vietnam (front line stories), Cambodia with the Khmer Rouges (a collection of those photos are archived at Rutgers University), Burma (covering the problems of guerillas fighting the government, like the Karen). Problems of child abuse in South-east Asia, mainly prostitution, and detrimental laws causing a children to be jailed with their fathers. Pierre paid special attention to the problems associated with drugs, specifically heroin, and access to a fair and just trial in the courts for foreigners. Pierre worked for two years in Morocco (1978-79) for the King photographing the Crown Prince Sidi Mohamed (now King Mohamed VI) and documenting Morocco. King Hassan II has a large collection of his photographs. Pierre helped the King open a school of photography there. In India, he worked extensively on stories about leprosy, religion and ancient cities. He lived and worked with the Dalai Lama in (1983-4) and published two books with him. He photographed old French traditions going as far back as the Middle Ages (some of the stories are now part of museum collections, like the Musee des Traditions in Louviers, Normandy). Pierre also worked in the fashion industry for both Christian Lacroix and Christian Dior, as well as for the movie industry.
Pierre has published over forty books, exhibited his photographs, drawings, sculptures and paintings throughout Asia, Europe, America, and North Africa.
From 1995 to 2003, he lived in France and Spain where he exhibited and worked on personal projects, primarily sculpture and photography. In 2002, he became the Director and curator for the International Museum for Photography, located in the ancient Château de Belcastel for which he has been acclaimed in Europe. In 2004, he moved to New Mexico and started a project documenting the USA.
2009 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, In Rust I Trust, Truchas, New Mexico, USA
2009 Bophana Center, Khmer Rouge 1979-80, Phom Penh, Cambodia
2008 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, India, Truchas, New Mexico, USA
2008 Justin Robert Galleries, Photographs, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2007 Justin Robert Galleries, Bronze. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2006 Pierre and Claudia Gallery, Grand Voyageur, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2006 Lennon Fine Art Gallery, A Propos de Voyages, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2005 Musee des Beaux-Arts, Secrets d'Enfance, Bernay, France
2005 Galerie RM Studio, Les Innocents, Santa Fe, USA
2004 Galerie Temps Present, Retrospective, Evian, France
2004 Galerie A Contrario, Bronzes Torse, Limoges, France
2004 L’Atelier Galerie, C’est comme ça, Villefranche, France
2002 Musee de la Photographie, Itineraires, Chateau de Belcastel, France
2000 Association Art en Aveyron, Inde, Drulhe, France
2000 Galerie Flean, Nouvelles peintures, Saragosa, Spain
1999 Gordon’s, Nouvelles abstractions, Bombay, India
1998 Art Lotois, Retrospective, Cajarc, France
1997 Link, Lettres de l’Inde, Madras, India
1996 Atelier Galerie, Retrospective Toutain, Cannes, France
1995 Allard, Sculptures récentes, Megeve, France
1995 Albert Ier, Sculptures, Chamonix, France
1994 Penta Center, Retrospective, Geneva, Switzerland
1993 Salon de la Photographie, Sadhu, Paris, France
1993 Rencontres Artistiques, Des Pleurs, Florence, Italy
1992 Salon des Arts, Seul au Monde, Vence, France
1991 Arte Galeria, Lacrimas, Valencia, Spain
1990 Alicante, Des Ocres, Alicante, Spain
1989 New Art Gallery, Tibet, Bombay, India
1988 Temps de Pose, Tout blanc, Paris, France
1988 Katmandu Art, Pour Rien, Katmandu, Nepal
1987 Temps de Pose, Tout noir, Paris, France
1987 Maison de la Culture, Nouvelles Encres, Bruxelles, Belgium
1986 Temps de Pose, Sculptures, Paris, France
1986 Singapore Shangrila, Ultra Larmes, Singapore
1984 Galerie Saint-Paul, Encore ?, Paris, France
1983 Galerie Saint-Paul, Ultra Seul, Paris, France
1983 Katmandu Art, Abstractions, Katmandu, Nepal
1982 Maison de la Culture, Les Enfants Soldats, Tours, France
1982 Centre d’Art Contemporain, Les Enfants et la Guerre, Annecy, France
1981 Centre d’Art, Les Enfants et la Guerre, Evreux, France
1981 Art Connection, Temples, Bangkok, Thailand
1981 Sirinat Modern Art, Buddhism, Chiang-Maï, Thailand
1980 Art Center, Pour Toi, Bangkok, Thailand
1980 Maison des Arts, Du Sable, Casablanca, Morocco
1979 Asnaouï Art Center, Desert, Rabat, Morocco
1978 Nandy Art Shop , Ganges, Benares, India
1978 Best Art, Du Vide, Calcutta, India
1977 Easy Art, Des Solitudes, Calcutta, India
1976 Shangrila Hotel, Encres d’Inde, New-Delhi, India
1976 La Photographie Galerie, Premiers Voyages, Pont-Audemer, France
1969 A la Grande-Chaumiere, Des Encres, Paris, France
1968 Chez Willy, Par mes Yeux, Paris, France  

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