Born in 1949 in Treffiagat in Finistère, Michel Guirriec was a teacher then director of the Jeanne d'Arc-Saint-Ivy high school in Pontivy in Morbihan for 27 years. He retired in 2012. Back in his native country, he became passionate, with 2 colleagues, for the creation of a Photo Festival, in the open air, which comes out of the conventional space of a hall. exposure. In a country turned towards the sea, the theme "L'homme et la mer" had spontaneously imposed itself. He has been president of the festival since 2011.