(1964, Saint-Étienne) studied anthropology and subsequently went to the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie de Arles, before becoming a photographer and filmmaker. She belongs to the generation of French artists who moved away from the great humanist tradition of photographic reporting, without necessarily rejecting its essential elements.
Valérie Jouve’s photographs and films take as much from contemporary art and creative documentary as anthropology and sociology. Showing architectures and people in movement, they question the presence of the body in the city and the ways of inhabiting space. The two classic themes of the landscape and the portrait are associated in such a way that, in the density of urban situations, highly choreographic scenes take place.