ProfilPure Photography

My name is Guilhem Ribart, I’m a french photographer and I intend to show you something different, free from all Photoshop artefacts and effects. That’s why I called this blog “Pure Photography“.

I like to work with fixed and old / manual lenses because they’re way more better than the new plastic ones.

I’m a Pentax / Ricoh user and I currently own a Pentax K3 DSLR and a Ricoh GR. I also own more than 17 lenses, some of them manufactured in the 60’s and I can say that they’re much more enjoyable to use than most of new lenses.

I learnt photography by my own, by reading, practicing and talking / sharing with people. I’m very thankful to Simon Wheatley I met in Oujda in 2009 and who intensively taught me about the philosophy of photography and the way to work with light.

I think I became a photographer the moment he taught me and make me understand that photography is everything but technical or size of the gear. That’s the main difference between as being a photographer as he is and the geek who thinks to be a photographer.Full-page article about my exhibition at VISA Off exhibition at Perpignan in 2014

And this is all the difference of being part of Magnum Agency as he was and to be a casual wedding professional photographer….

I like to meet people, talk and live among them to understand how they live. I think that in our “occidental” countries we always want other people to be and live like us, that happiness is to eat burgers, watch American movies and go to big malls… For me, all of this is NOT real life and this is not happiness!

I’m travelling a lot outside Europe and I’m always amazed to see that people in “poor” countries are much more smiling than we are in Occident.

They sometime own nothing at all but they always welcome you to drink some tea, share their meals and let you sleep in their room! I don’t know any “rich” countries where people can do the same!

I’m convinced that meeting other people, other cultures and sharing thoughts is the true richness because this is the inner wealth!

That’s why I want to travel and like to get back all these smiles with me to show you something different of what you watch at your TV!

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Guilhem Ribart


  • 2015
    • PCA Exhibition Adriatic
    • PCA Balkan Dream
    • Barain / Saudi Arabia – Middle East Grand Circuit
    • Greece – 3th Greek Circuit
    • PCA Salon Grand Exhibition
  • 2014
    • Australia – Sydney Harbour International
    • China – 5th PSA China
    • Egypt – EIP Awards
    • France – 9th Digital Tour 2014
    • Greece – 2nd Greek Photos Circuit
    • Greece – 2nd Olympic Photo Circuit
    • Holland – Holland International Image Circuit
    • Macedonia – Soul 2014
    • Serbia – Adriatic Exhibition 2014
    • Serbia – Belgrade International Salon 2014
    • Serbia – 2nd Exhibition of Photography Portrait
    • Turkey – MOF 2013 International Photography Exhibition
  • 2013
    • Egypt – International Biennale for Photographic Art
    • Greece – Olympic Photo Circuit
    • Belgium – ISO 2013
    • Macedonia – International exhibition of art photography MOMENT


  • 2015
    • International Modern Art Award for Conceptual Elements  |  PAKS Gallery
    • Photo Annual Awards / Czech Republic
      • First place in Nature section  |  Curated by Tomas Pospiszyl, Jiri Jaskmanicky, Radek Burda
  • 2014
    • Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA 2014)  / Russia  |  Presided by Hossein Farmani


  • 2017
    • Bog Art Gallery – Brussels / Belgium
    • Exhibition Circuit – Beijing – Shangai / China
    • 3rd Salon d’Art du Printemps – Aulnay sous Bois / France
  • 2016
    • Artitude Gallery – Paris / France |  Curated by JP Lorriaux
    • International Fine Art Cannes Biennial
    • MAG Montreux – Montreux / Suisse
    • Salon Art Shopping Carrousel du Louvre – Paris / France
    • Spring Art fair – Chinese Center – Aulnay / France
    • Art Visual GEPETTO gallery – Cannes / France
    • Modern Art Masters – Hubertendorf Castle / Austria
    • Concept Store Gallery – Paris / France
  • 2015
    • Anne Broitman Gallery – Biarritz / France
    • SPECTRUM Miami – Miami / USA
    • SCOPE Art Beach – Miami / USA
    • Montreux Art Gallery – Montreux / Switzerland
    • Contemporary Art Salon PAKS Gallery – Hubertendorf Castle / Austria
    • Saphira & Ventura Gallery – New York / USA |  Curated by JP Lorriaux
    • MAMAG Modern Art Museum – Castle Hubertendorf / Austria |  Curated by Heinz Playner
    • Photo Annual Awards – Teplice / Czech Republic
    • 5th Annual Exposure Award – Louvre Museum, Paris / France
    • Salon Art Shopping – Carrousel du Louvre, Paris / France
    • Cow Artworks – Johannesburg / South Africa  |  Curated by Doreen Pfeiffer
    • Gallerie F/5.6 – Munich / Germany  |  Curated by Katrin Weber
    • PAKS Gallery – Castle Hubertendorf / Austria  |  Curated by Heinz Playner
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
    • La Grande Motte / France
    • International Art Festival – Meknes / Morocco
  • 2009
    • International Photography Festival – Oujda / Morocco








    • Absolutely. I shoot in RAW, it means that it is mandatory to use editing software like Darktable and Lightroom.
      Most people think that it isn’t necessary to work on RAW files. But RAW files are blands because we only expect them to provide a maximum of details in all the curves.
      That’s why we need to post process RAW files to get better contrast, colors and brightness.

      Don’t forget that a JPG file is a RAW file that has been post process by the camera. I choose to post process myself my RAW 🙂

    • Yes, yes, yes, I know all that I am not an absolute beginner :P. but I saw the title of your blog – unalterated photos so I thought what the F!!! I also shoot RAW me Sir 😀

    • I mean that with LR you can choose a zone in your photo to apply your post processing only on this area.
      The one I use isn’t selective and is about the whole image.
      So it’s almost impossible to “cheat”

  1. My husband also prefers prime lenses and it is hell when we travel. Sometimes he gets hold at the airport security for a half hour or more. We were close to missing our connecting flight a few times :D, but yes, judging from him I can understand your choice.

  2. Hi Guilhem,
    Thanks for your comments .I am a largely self-taught photographer with artistic interests but no good with paints and brushes – too clumsy. The camera gives me better results. The days of doing my own darkroom printing gave a lot of satisfaction and I miss that. Concentrating on B&W still gives pleasure and Picassa enables minimum correction. I agree about fixed lenses and only recently had to give up my beloved Nikon FM2’s.
    Your English is excellent – I wish my French was as good. J’etais professeur en francais depuis 1949 jusqu’a 1965 dans des lycees en Irlande. Apres ca j’ai change de carriere,r, devenant conseillier en metiers. L’histoire m’a interesse toute ma vie. J’aime bien la France, ou autrefois j’ai visite de bons amis a Paris, Poitiers, Grenoble, Nimes. J’ai passé une quarantaine d’annees en Nouvelle Zeelande.
    Amities, Des.

    • Hi Des!

      I’m so sorry for my late answer. I beg your pardon 🙁
      I was very busy preparing my current travel.

      Thank you very much for your comment! I think I’m like you! I’d love to be a painter, but too clumsy too and probably not patient enough. But as soon I can dedicate a room to arts I’ll try painting 🙂

      Your french is good but I’m not surprised as you were, I’m sure, an excellent french teacher!! We have the same hobbies, I’m in love with history. I’ve started with greek mythology, then with old Egypt, then latin, european and since 5 years africa and a bit Asia. So fascinating!

      Tell me, are you still living in NZ? So many people say it’s the most beautiful place in the world. Do you confirm? 🙂

  3. Greetings Guilhem,
    Thanks for “liking” my recent post. I have appreciated some of your comments very much, particularly as regards Photoshop. It is hard to be a purist nowadays – so many photographers have been “gadget collectors’ and new technology abets this trend. For most of my long photographic career I have stayed with basic equipment – prime lenses and manual focussing. (Nikon FM2 cameras). Recently, because of the ravages of age, I have had to use an auto-focus camera, and use a scanner and printer in lieu of darkroom processes. I still use film to take shots. No photoshop – just Picassa which is a simple system. I like your work, even though I have never taken up People/Street Photography myself. Lucky you getting the opportunity to visit Egypt. I have a fascination for ancient cultures. You are right – the “poorer” countries are so much richer in other respects. Des.

    • Hi Des!
      I totally agree with all you said and I deeply thank you! But I can’t consider myself as a purist in the way you mean it. I’m working with a Digital SLR and I “develop” my pictures with my computer. Yes it’s true that I own more old lenses than new. 12 of my 17 lenses have been manufactured in the 70’s or 80’s, are full manual and I enjoy using them! But modern lenses are easiest to use, especially when I travel and that I can’t afford losing a scene / framing. But yes, I regret not having known this period you talk about, when photographers used films, that each picture had to be prepared / thought. Nowadays I can see photographers taking may be more than 2 000 pictures a day! They have betrayed the spirit of photography in my mind. On my side I’m unable to take more than 30 or 40 pictures a day. I take time to frame and think about the composition.
      But I also appreciate using modern, accurate and fast lenses because I know that if something suddenly happens I won’t miss the scene.

      Regarding Photoshop… those using this kind of software are definetely not photographers anymore… it’s graphism. I don’t say it’s not art, it’s just another form of art 🙂


      PS: I love the pictures on your website!!

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