Mireille Ribière was born in France. She currently lives and works in Suffolk (UK).
Education: Postgraduate degree in English and American literature (1976) from the University of Lyon (France); MA in 20th century French literature (1978) and PhD on the works of Georges Perec (1985) from Birkbeck College, University of London.
“My creative work draws on my background in language and literature, and my research in visual narratives and artist’s books. I took up photography in earnest when I quit teaching in higher education to start afresh as a writer and translator.
I was drawn to photography because, like language, it is never entirely free from representation: words always carry meaning, and similarly the photographic image is primarily a record of the light at a particular point in time and space. As a photographer I was dissatisfied with the single image: I always tried to do with images what one does with words – that is combine them, layer them, string them together –, which is why the photobook became my medium of choice.”
(From ‘Self-portrait’ in LOOK OUT LOCKED IN, Aldeburgh Arts Club Artists’ Collective, Eye Wild Books, 2020)