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Biarritz Through the Eyes of 10 French Photographers

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Updated: 21 July 2017
Artists have a different outlook on life; they bring their unique perception to the environment they live in. The following ten photographers have captured the spirit of Biarritz in ten outstanding images.

Mehdi Leyre, Everlasting Love

What if the key for long-lasting love was two people looking in the same direction? In this beautiful black-and-white shot, Mehdi Leyre captures an old couple sitting on a bench by the ocean in Biarritz, looking in the same direction.

Everlasting Love
Everlasting Love | © Instagram Mehdi Leyre

Tom Marie, Ocean Goddess

In this breathtaking photo taken by Tom Marie we can see a statuesque surfer showing admirable serenity despite the strong currents coming her way.

Statuesque surfer
Statuesque surfer | © Instagram Tom Marie

Laurent Pelleray, Ocean O’Clock

Biarritz is notorious for its amazing beaches and its laid-back atmosphere. In this photograph, Laurent Pelleray captured both elements of the city’s culture.

Paco Durandeau, Sea Creature

Paco Durandeau depicts in a different way the ocean’s omnipresence in Biarritz, by showing one of its imaginary creatures.

Musée de la Mer
Musée de la Mer | © Instagram Paco Durandeau

Thibault Leduc, The Lifeguard

In this humorous photograph, Thibault Leduc represents very well the laid-back spirit of the people living in the Basque region.

The Lifeguard
The Lifeguard | © Thibault Leduc/Flickr

Gadjo Niglo, Surf Effervescence

Biarritz is the epicenter of surfing in Europe and hosts a lot of major international competitions. In this picture, you can see surf world champion John John Florence surrounded by journalists right after finishing a set.

Professional surfer John John Florence
Professional surfer John John Florence | © Gadjo Niglo

Guillaume Bavière, Crowded Beach

Quiet most of the year, Biarritz’s population drastically increases during the summer. Guillaume Bavière shows that phenomenon with this photograph of a very crowded Grande Plage.

Crowded beach in Biarritz
Crowded beach in Biarritz | © Guillaume Baviere on Flickr

Jose Orbe, Festayre

This picture by Jose Orbe of a man attending a rugby match, wearing the traditional outfit of the Basque region, shows very well people’s attachment to the region’s culture.

A Biarritz rugby team supporter wearing the traditional colors of the Basque region
A Biarritz rugby team supporter wearing the traditional colors of the Basque region | © Josu Orbe/WikiCommons

Eugène Trutat, Gentlemen

Biarritz was chosen as a holiday resort by Napoleon Bonaparte and the city has kept its prestigious allure to this day. In this vintage photograph take by Eugène Trutat in 1891, we can see two gentlemen discussing at Biarritz Grande Plage.

Two gentlemen conversing at the beach
Two gentlemen conversing at the beach | © Eugène Trutat/Flickr Archives

Tara O, Champions

The Basque region is passionate about rugby and this was perfectly captured by Tara O below, where players of the Biarritz Olympique Rugby Club celebrate their championship title with happy supporters.

Rugby players from the Biarritz Olympique celebrate championship title
Rugby players from the Biarritz Olympique celebrate championship title | © Tara O/Wiki Commons