René Paul Gosselin took his first photographs, with a Brownie Box camera in 1959. These were appalling pictures. His Head-Master, Mr. Clark, of the St. Luke’s Preparatory School in Jersey, Channel Islands, and an accomplished amateur photographer, was kind enough to teach his student some technique. That was with everything from pinholes in a shoe-box to the latest Twin-lens Rolleiflex. Many years later travelling through Africa, these lessons were invaluable in recording the voyages of a business man, for twenty five years.
After more formal training in South Africa, René Paul Gosselin discovered Lesotho and began this latest trek into the lives of the Basotho. The photographer now exhibits in various galleries in South Africa and contributes to several photo-stock agencies and various magazines.
Nationality: British – Born Jersey, Channel Islands.
Father – French. Mother – Jersey French
Date of Birth: 2nd April 1951
Residence: Birdhaven, Johannesburg, South Africa
Education: St Luke’s Primary School, De La Salle College, Jersey.
2007 First Exhibition Solo in Clarens – “Women at work” Women’s Day
2008 Exhibition Solo 2 at Street Café – Clarens and later moved to Kiara Lodge
2009 Exhibition Solo 3 at Alliance Française – Maseru – Lesotho
2009 Exhibition Solo 4 at the Franco-German Cultural Centre, Windhoek – Namibia
2009 Exhibition 5 (jointly with CCJ) – Ben Susman Gallery – Johannesburg
2009 “Basotho, people at work” photographic work launched – Johannesburg
2010 “Galerie Photo” opened in Fouriesburg, Eastern Free State.
2011 Exhibiting at Doherty’s Gallery, Fouriesburg, Eastern Free State.
2012 “Galerie Photo” opened in Ladybrand, Eastern Free State.
2012 Exhibition Solo 5 “Lesotho Life” at Consulat De France, Johannesburg.