Valéry LEBEAU was born in 1967and graduated from Lyon’s Photography School in 1987. Valery has always been passionate about photography, reportage and design. At age 20, he ventured to Nicaragua to take portraits of women engaged in the revolution. This project gave birth to a book featuring portraits of such influential figures as former President of the Nicaragua Republic Daniel Ortega, the heroine of the Nicaraguan revolution Doria Maria Tellez and many others. Organized by the French Minister of Women’s Rights, the book and photographs were exhibited in Paris and collected by the Minister of Culture. In the coming years, he co-published another two books, collections of portraits of personalities from the Auverge region being photographed in unusual situations, such as the portrait of former French President Claude Malhuret, hanging outside a helicopter in mid flight. The work toured in exhibitions across France. At age 25, Valéry embarked on a career in advertising with France’s well-known advertising agency ‘L’agence’. From there, he continued as Creative and Artistic Director for magazines of the caliber of L’express, L’usine Nouvelle, L’echo Touristique and many others, collecting many awards along the way. In 2005, the family decided it was time to explore new territories and embark on new challenges. After some research, they headed for the Pacific where they traveled for five months, spending most time in New Caledonia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. It was Vanuatu that finally won their hearts, and after a short time back in France, they moved to Vanuatu in 2006. In Vanuatu, Valéry created Igmedia, advertising and photo agency in Port Vila. Their list of corporate clients include AJC, ANZ, C&K, Eratap Beach Resort, Fatumaru Lodge, Law Partners, The Grand Hotel, TVL, Tusker, Unelco, VTO, Warwick Le Lagoon and many others. www.igmedia.fr.