Born French in Algeria on January 29, 1935. Went to high school and college in Morocco and graduated in 1955. Attended art school and in 1959 received a Masters degree in Art and Photography from the photo school “Arts et Metiers” in Vevey, Switzerland, the prestigious photo school in Europe.

One year in Paris as the studio assistant to Sam Levin  and Choura, famous celebrity photographers.

Algeria:  Graduated from the Cherchell Infantry Academy and served in the French Army during the Algeria War for which he he received an award for his humanitarian efforts.

Returned to Paris and became a portrait and fashion photographer and worked as special photographer on movie sets for MGM in Rome.

Arrived in the United States, was briefly a staff photographer for Status Magazine and started freelancing as a photojournalist.

Married to Eliane Lucotte. (1970: They have a daughter: Stephanie born in Nice, France)

Became the first Foreign Correspondent for the Gamma Agency and founded the US bureau of Gamma with his wife Eliane. As a photojournalist he covered the major American events of the 60’s, such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Race Riots, the Viet-Nam war, the political campaigns, the peace movement, the Olympics, the White House etc..

Co-Founder of Sygma Photo News with his wife Eliane Laffont.

In the 70’s Was assigned to cover all major  events in the world especially in Asia, Africa, Central and North America.
During those years, deeply touched by the suffering children endured he decided to do a grand reportage on child labor throughout the world. The photographs he brought back from those countries are the most eloquent and cruel of testimonials, and the first global photo essay on child labor. For this, he was awarded “The Madeline Ross Award” and the World Press Award.

In the 80’s JPL has covered many feature stories around the world, particularly on world economy mostly in Eastern Europe, the USSR, China, India and Third World countries.

His work has appeared in major publications worldwide, including Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Paris Match, Figaro Magazine, Stern, Bunte, Epoca, London Sunday Times Magazine, Manchete.

Honored with the National French Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Corbis acquired Sygma, and JP Laffont was appointed General Director of Corbis Sygma in the US and from 2000 to 2002 he was General Manager of Gamma Press USA, Inc.


First Prize: New York Newspaper Guild, photo Magazine for his Child Labor story.

Oversea Press Club: “Medeline Ross Award” for being the first photographer to bring attention to the condition of child labor around the world.

World Press ( First Prize: General Picture category)

First Prize University of Missouri, School of Journalism.

Special recognition: “World Understanding Award”

He was awarded the French National order: “Chevalier des  “Arts  & Lettres” (1996)

Photographer’s Paradise – Turbulent America 1960-1990
PDN’s Best Photo Book 2015 & Lucie Award 2014 Best Publisher


JP is represented in the US by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.



Retrospective of his life work at photojournalism festival: “Visa pour l’Image”, Perpignan, France

Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France, “My Algeria”

Exhibition Turbulent America at “La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie” (MEP), Paris, France

“Turbulent America” at Photo Biennale, Central Exhibition Hall Manege, Moscow, Russia

“Turbulent America” at Tri Postal, Lille, France

“Turbulent America” Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Turbulent America” Musee de L’Arsenal, Metz, France
September 27, 2016 – November 27, 2016

Amérique: Mythes et LégendesEglise Saint-Vincent, Merignac, France
November 19th, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Sous Les Etoiles presented Jean Pierre’s Laffont work at AIPAD, New York City, USA
March 30th-April 2nd, 2017

Show at Galerie De L’Instant, Paris
September to November, 2017

Turbulent America Show at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in NY, USA.
From November, 2017 – January 2018.

Laffont’s Long March – Beaugeste Gallery, Shanghai, China. June 2018.

New York Up and Down – Shenzhen Photo Festival, Shenzhen, China. June 2018.

Jean Pierre Laffont New York Down and Out – Leica Store New York, NY, USA.          November- December  2018 




1976       “CB Bible” – Doubleday Dolphin Book Publisher 
1981       “Women of Iron” – Playboy Publisher
Contribution to the books “A day in the life” – Collins Publishers

1983       “A day in the life of Hawaii”1984
1984       “A day in the life of Canada”
1985       “A day in the life of Japan”
1986       “A day in the life of United States”
1987       “A day in the life of Spain”
1987       “A day in the life of USSR”
1989       “A day in the life of China”
1990       “A day in the life of Italy”
1991       “A day in the life of Ireland”
1992       “A day in the life of Hollywood”
1986       “The Long March” – Intercontinental Press –
.                50th anniversary of Mao Tse Toung historical march
1989       “Three Days in France” – Nathan – France
1992       “America Then and Now” – Cohen Publishers, Inc. – HarperCollins
1999       “The 100 photos of the century” – Editions du Chêne
2003       “America 24/7 in Manhattan” – NY State book 
2008       “Jean-Pierre Laffont Foreign Correspondent” – Editions C.D.P. – France
2011       “The New York Times Magazine: Photographs” – Aperture Foundation –
2013       “40 years of photojournalisme Generation Sygma” – La Martinière – France
2014       “Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990” – Glitterati
2017        “New York City Up And Down” – Glitterati


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