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Catherine Libeert

Photographer. 1958 Born in Belgium, Catherine was taken sailing by her parents before learning to walk.
1980 After graduating in architecture moves to Rome for an apprenticeship.
Free time during these years was spent at sea: cruising with her family, delivering boats, racing windsurfers and competing in the Admirals Cup.
The 1979 Fasnet race on 'Pinta', followed by a transatlantic delivery of the US navy sailboat 'Alliance'.
1980 The delivery of 'Winsome' to Porto Cervo for the Sardinia Cup.
1982 racing the Windsurfers World Championships in Sardegna.
1987 Works in fashion, then teams up with father and brother in the family business: weaving linen.
2001 the decision to leave the world of textiles and study photography.
2002-2005 Racing classic boats and photographing the action on board. Capturing step by step the rebirth of the Big Class Gaff Cutter 'Lulworth' in Viareggio, Italy.


"Working as a photographer is the ideal way to combine my areas of interest - architecture, fashion, design and boatbuilding- while accentuating the human dimension of each. Spending days in yards, watching people work with their bare hands to restore life to wooden boats, has been a tremendous learning curve. Photography is an excellent excuse to explore new places and worlds; meet people I would never have met, share their passion and be humbled by the experiences."