Gérard Rancinan began his photographic career in 1969 at the Sud Ouest newspaper in Bordeaux. At eighteen he became the youngest photojournalist in France, covering local news.
Noticed by the young Sygma news agency, he chose in 1973 to be distributed by it. He then joined the team of Sygma photographers in Paris. It covers news from around the world: earthquakes in Algeria, events in Poland, war in Lebanon, riots in England; but also sports: Olympics, Football World Cups, World Championships in Athletics; film shoots: Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, 37 ° 2 in the morning of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor.
He also creates portraits of the “stars” of fashion, film, sports, diverse personalities and contemporary world-renowned artists. He thus begins an uninterrupted series of portrait-performances of artists: plastic artists, painters, sculptors, video artists, performers, with whom he often collaborates and links friendships. He collaborates with Bob Rauchenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Hermann Nitsch, Paul McCarthy, Yan Pei Ming, Andres Serrano …
He left Sygma in 1986 to set up his own news agency and then became independent again in 1989.
His portraits of personalities (Fidel Castro, Pope John Paul II, François Mitterrand, Monica Bellucci, Roy Lichtenstein, Tiger Woods, Yasser Arafat, Bill Gates … etc) and his great photographic “sagas” that tell the movements and jolts of our societies are regularly featured on the cover in magazines such as Paris Match, Life Magazine, Stern, Sunday Times Magazine, etc. Since 1984, Rancinan has been collaborating regularly with the leading American sports magazine, Sports Illustrated. He collaborates on all his “big projects” (series of gigantic photographs) with writers, journalists, thinkers, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers … (Caroline Gaudriault, Virginie Luc, Paul Virilio, Francis Fukuyama) …
During the 1990s his work is propelled into the world of art by Pierre Cornette Saint-Cyr, who produced the exhibition Urban Jungle at Espace Cardin in Paris in 2000.
The work of Gérard Rancinan is exhibited in many leading art venues and international reference museums. His photographs are part of the most important private collections of contemporary art.
He is the most popular French photographer in the world.