Jean first visited Antarctica in 2003. He has returned on numerous occasions as a member of different artistic and scientific expeditions. Photographs from his expanding body of Antarctic work have been exhibited in galleries and museums in France, Belgium, Spain, the UK, the US, China and New Zealand.

In December 2006, he was the official photographer for Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis Antarctica: the largest and most ambitious arts project ever undertaken in Antarctica. In 2008-09, within the context of the 4th International Polar Year, he was the first foreigner to accompany a Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition.

With a PhD in Historical Geography, and a Masters degree in Polar Studies, Jean also lectures on the cultural and scientific history of Antarctica, and is involved in editorial projects focusing on early Antarctic photography.