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GILLES MARTIN-RAGET



Hi! Welcome!

 
 
Thank you for visiting this website. We hope you like it and will find the photos you are looking for, would it be a file.to reproduce or a print to enhance your home or office.

"we" means that under the Gilles Martin-Raget banner work several people with great talent and dedication who help me in the various sectors of image production and distribution, product making sales, etc.*

My personal story started in Arles, south of France, April 9th 1955, a city full of incredible roman historical vestiges and now famous for its photo festival, located right in the heart of Provence, between Camargue and Alpilles landscapes, a nice little town full of historical culture, traditions and art de vivre.




I lived there for 19 years, eventually doing my photography debuts followed by the inevitable sessions in dark rooms to process B&W films. I then moved to Montpellier, then Aix en Provence for vague economic university purposes, a period who I more certainly start to discover the sea and the wonderfull hobby of sailing, followed by its next stop: yacht racing.
 
As journalism always was something of interest for me, I started to work for yachting magazines, reporting about the races I was participating in. Speaking about milestones, the very first photo I had the pleasure to publish was illustrating a story written by a lovely young female journalist whose name was Maguelonne Turcat. She eventually became my wife - hopefully still is!... -  and we had 3 sons together. As she was form Marseille, we settled in Marseille, no choice, and are still living there in the lovely neighborhood of Endoume.

 
On the nautical side, I mainly sailed in the Mediterranean sea, aboard large racing and cruising monohulls, including maxi yachts, eventually reached the required level to be part of an America’s Cup Challenger trials crew onboard France III at Newport (RI) in 1983 with Bruno Troublé as skipper.
 
The French team was eliminated at the early stages of the trials, but I stayed in Newport to cover the historical win of Australia II, working for several sailing magazines. After another short campaign with "Challenge France" in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1986, it was time to become full time yachting journalist and marine photographer.
 
 

The America’s Cup being not only a  fantastic feature but also an unescapable  addiction, I've been covering since then  every single edition, working for numerous  top media organizations like AFP, L’Equipe and Liberation, then as Team  photographer, including Oracle in 2007 in  Valencia, 2010 with the incredible giant  Trimaran winning affair, and finally as  photo manager and principal photographer for the San Francisco big wing rigged foiling catamarans 2013 edition.

 



I am now lucky enough (yes, there is also an ugly amount of work involved)  to be a regular contributor to most of the prominent sailing magazines throughout the world, the author of numerous books on sailing and sailors, official photographer for many top racing sailors or sailing teams, internationally known sponsors and race organizers. That also means a lot of travel to cover the greatest sailing events, do reports on most spectacular cruising destinations and sail onboard the most diverse yachts. As you can imagine, I love my job! 





  

But when you are born in Provence, you can't escape. To photograph the lovely and various landscapes of Provence, its vivid traditions and famous art de vivre, being the food, the decoration or the architecture is not a job, it's just a pleasure. Marseille where I live since 1983 is also a fantastic photo feature, not speaking of the Calanques National Park which is 20 mn driving from home. This is also an important part of our photo library. Plus there is the boutique L'Image en Provence that we opened in 2003 in the "Vieux Port"  (historical port) of Marseille, a place where the public can buy quality prints, framed or not, our books, exclusive postcards, all those products being made on site.




Year after year I had the pleasure to produce the images requested by the greatest names in the marine industry including Wally Yachts, Bénéteau, Jeanneau, or Fountaine Pajot, as well as for brokers, charter and marine equipment companies. Now the result of this is a huge photo library which is now a meeting point for publishers, advertising agencies and corporate companies. International distribution is handled through several specialized agencies. In between we have created with a bunch of fellow marine photographers the Sea and Co marine photographers group.



And now our images decide to move, and we are at the beginning of the video chapter, a very promising one that comes as a natural following step to this already long story. One of the big difference is that it is a team effort, and this is good news.

After working many years on my own, I had my first assistant in 1998. 4 years later came in the now famous Guilain "G1" Grenier - still there!... - and we are surrounded by a small dedicated team who help us with the production of our photos and videos, to run the Marines and Provence photo library, L'image en Provence store, and many other services we provide to our customers like online image banks administration.


ah, and there is also this website www.martin-raget.com that we launched in 1998 then regularly updated. We have been launching this Version 5 early 2015 with the help of our long time provider Net-Folio. We hope it will allow you to have good times and find the photos you like or you need.

With many thanks for your interest

Gilles Martin-Raget
 
 







WHAT WE DO:

Photo production including :
. Professional digital shooting with Canon EOS system, waterproof housings, GoPro & action cams
. Post production (color balance, basic adjustments, captionning, keywording, resizing)
. Storage + Back up (multiple supports and locations)
. Marine photography at sea including in heavy weather
. Onboard shooting
. Live shooting (local 3G/4G network permiting)
. Aerial photography (Helicopters, drones)
. Advertising photography working with agencies
. Interiors photography
. Directing/working with models
. Portraits
. Events coverage
. Fast turnaround
. 30 years experience
. Languages: French and English
. Marseille (FRA) based


 
Major customers:
 
Boat builders : Jeanneau, Beneteau, Fountaine-Pajot, Wally Yachts, Wauquiez
Sailing Teams: Team Alvimedica, Oracle Racing, Groupe Bel, L'Hydroptère, Generali, 
Events: America's Cup, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, ORMA 60 championship (2001-2003), Route du Rhum (2002)

Photo distribution including:
. Direct pushes to regularly updated worldwide listing of media, agencies, publishing companies
. Websites / social media photo edit/upload/posting
. Major agencies push solutions management

Video Production including:
 
. Professional shooting with Canon video equipment + GoPro & action cams.
. Proprietary stabilization system allowing the use long lenses at sea or from the air
. Professional sound recording by third party when necessary
. Professional lighting by third party when necessary
. Post production by professional editors
. Marine photography at sea in heavy weather conditions
. Onboard shooting
. Aerial photography (Helicopters, drones)
. Advertising working with agencies
. Interiors photography
. Directing/working with models
. Portraits / Interviews including multiple cameras
. Fields covered: advertising, documentaries, events coverage (including daily clips)
. Fast turnaround
. Websites / Social media posting

2014 Customers : YCPR, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Fountaine-pajot, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez

Photo bank management, including:
. Assets classification, editing and metadata information
. Online photo bank installation (website creation) and loading
. Photo and Video bank management
. media/customers approval
. Internal / external photo requests treatment (editing + delivery)

 
Customers : Orange B. Peyron maxi Cat, L'Hydroptère, America's Cup Event Authority (AC33, AC 34, AC35), Oracle Racing (2007-2015)

Event Photo Department Management including:
. General plan + budget
. Photo production management (photographers choice + shootings preparation/management)
. Distribution means setting up + management
. Day to day management

Customers : 34th America's Cup, 35th America's Cup, 2014-15 Barcelona World Race

Home / Offices Decoration including
. Project setting up
. Printing (Marseille Store or third party for large projects and/or specific supports)
. Framing (Marseille Store or third party for High end projects)

Slideshows Production including 
. Story boardt definition
. Images choice
. Music choice
. Synchronization
. On site projection or Website/social media upload/post

Editorial Products Production working with publishers including
. Definition of the summary
. Photo editing
. Color calibration monitoring/approval
. Printing monitoring/Approval
for
 . Books
. Calendars
. Agendas
. Postcards

Writing including
Stories for paper press / electronic media
Books
Protraits/ Interviews
Boat tests
Cruising reports
Events coverage

 
 
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