Born in Seattle, artist Alain LeTourneau grew up in the Northwest, graduated with a Bachelor in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is based in Portland, Oregon. LeTourneau utilizes 16mm film, video and still photography to explore the social and personal histories embedded in landscapes, and to consider how the accumulated actions of individuals and organizations define the function, shape and character of the built environment.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Images Festival (Toronto), Los Angeles Filmforum, Portland Art Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Unknown Pleasures (Berlin) and Vancouver International Film Centre.
LeTourneau is the co-founder of 40 Frames, a 16mm conservation initiative that maintains the international exhibitors list 16mmdirectory.org and houses a collection of 16mm film prints. From 1999-2009, 40 Frames operated a micro-cinema located in Portland’s Central Eastside.
Alain is currently at work on multiyear project about urbanism and housing affordability.