Jean-François Bouchard has worked in contemporary visual art since 2003, traveling the world seeking out people whose interests and lifestyles are out of the ordinary. His visual focus is generally on marginalized, misunderstood, and often ostracized groups in our Western society. He sees his role as not only that of an activist but also of a witness who communicates the humanity he sees in his subjects. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals in Canada, the United States, and France. Transpose is Bouchard’s latest body of work which was exhibited at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal and Toronto in 2015. His upcoming project “In Guns We Trust” will be featured in a book to be published by The Magenta Foundation and an exhibition to be presented at Arsenal Contemporary in New York City.

Bouchard lives and works in Montreal.


In Guns We Trust
Arsenal Contemporary, New York
April 30th to June 23rd, 2019

Art Souterrain, Montréal
February 27th to March 20th, 2016

Arsenal, Toronto
March 20th to May 10th, 2014, 2015

Still Life
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke
June 16th to October 14th, 2012

Art Souterrain, Montréal
February 26th to March 13th, 2011

Galerie SAS, Montréal
February 4th to March 13th, 2010

Fonderie Darling, Montréal
February 20th to March 2nd 2008

Volvere, Blowup Gallery, Montréal
April 26th to May 21st, 2003



Secret Societies
Contrast, Toronto
May 5th to May 31st, 2011

Inside Studio E1 Gallery

Cité des Arts, Paris
June 29th to July 12th, 2011 

Still Life
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto
October 1st to October 2nd, 2011

La Nuit Blanche de Paris, Paris
October 1st to October 2nd, 2011

Sleepless Night, Miami
November 5th to November 6th, 2011 

Still Life
Centro Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
Day of the Death exhibit, Oaxaca
October 28th to November 25th 2011

Aqua Art Miami, Miami
December 6th to December 9th, 2011 

Secret Societies
Pop-Up Store Exhibition, New York
October 28th, 2010




Head On Photo Award
Finalist, Transpose—May 2018. Australia.

Naneen Prize
Prize winner, Transpose—April 2017. Germany.

Pride Photo Award

Concours Lux
1st prize—2010. Montréal.

The Big Book
shortlisted work, Secret Societies—June 3rd to June 9th, 2011. Cannes.



Artnet news
Here Are 22 Unmissable Spring Gallery Shows in New York, From Joan Mitchell’s Big Moment to Jeff Wall’s Spooky Surrealism—May 2019.

In Guns We Trust : Immersion dans les champs de tir de machine guns—May 2019.

Il maschile del Sole 24 ORE
Qui crediamo molto nelle pistole—May 2019.

British Journal of Photography
In Guns We Trust—May 2019.

The Washington Post
A photographer explores American gun culture deep in the Arizona desert—April 2019.

Meet Americas’s Biggest Machine-Gun Enthusiasts—April 2019.

Stern Magazine
Transpose win a prize at the Nannen Prize—April 2017. Germany. Stern Magazine dedicated a 10-page feature to the Transpose series—July 2016.

The Bare Truths of Trans Men—May 2015.

The Georgia Straight
Montreal photographer highlights transgender men in Transpose—June 2015.

National Post
Transpose captures the personal stories of trans men—May 2015.

La Presse
Critique of the exhibition at Arsenal in Montreal in the digital edition of La Presse Plus—April 19th, 2014.

Still Life, Vague de scandales—June 2012.

Still Life—August 2012.

Miami New Time
Still Life, Jean-François Bouchard Brings Portraits of Sex Toys to Sleepless Night—November 2011.

Checkout Art
Still Life, One less lonely man—February 2010.