History

Le Bec en l’air is an independent publisher founded in 1999. Our catalogue is circulated and distributed in France and Belgium by Harmonia Mundi, in Switzerland by Zoé and in Québec by Dimédia. After having spent ten years in Manosque in Haute Provence, Le Bec en l’air moved to Marseille in 2010 at La Friche La Belle de Mai, where it also facilitates an artist-in-residency program for writers and photographers at La Marelle, that can be related to their publications.

Our size allows us to design and develop projects on a reasonable scale, where we control the entire editorial workflow. While we eschew being labelled as “regionalist publisher”, we identify ourselves as an independent Mediterranean publisher open to the world. This is best illustrated by our many international co-publishing initiatives and our participation in numerous book fairs in France and abroad. Le Bec en l’air is a member of “Éditeurs du Sud”, an association that brings together about twenty publishers based in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, and of the Photobook Social Club.

Editorial policy

We are often asked what is the characteristic angle of our editorial policy. Indeed, our catalogue is built around several themes: photography, art, literature, heritage, walking guidebooks… Yet most of our publications share a common trait, which is the dialogue between image and text or between photography and narrative, be it in harmony or opposition, through a contemporary layout and ‘auteur’ photography. Over the years, the catalogue has been enriched with varied photographic writings that nevertheless embody an editorial coherence: photography as a tool for questioning the contemporary world, whether it be driven by a documentary, an aesthetic or an intimate purpose. As for the texts, we commission them to writers, essayists, art critics…, who find it a stimulating challenge to engage in a dialogue with image in their writing, often yielding an unexpected outcome.

Team

The core team of Le Bec en l’air includes:
Fabienne Pavia, publisher. She is in charge of our projects from their design throughout their editorial follow-up, and is the primary contact for authors, distributor, and the press as well as manager of public relations.
Dominique Herbert, artistic director. He is responsible for graphic design, pre-press work, manufacturing process and administrative records.
Projects submitted for publishing will be considered with all due care by an editorial board managed by Frédéric Lecloux and Fabienne Pavia.

Le Bec en l'air, d'Alphonse Allais