Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Bénédicte Desrus (France, 1976) is an independent documentary photographer based in Mexico, and working worldwide. She is distributed by Sipa Press USA and has worked throughout Europe, East Africa, the United States & Latin America.
She focuses on humanitarian & social issues around the world. Recent stories explored the lives of elderly sex workers living in a shelter in Mexico City, Prader-Willy syndrome in Mexico, Mexico's only government-certified forensic cleaner, the persecution of homosexuality in Uganda, the albinos killing in Tanzania and global obesity.
Her work has appeared in: Harper’s magazine, The NY Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, The Nation, Slate, Saveur, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times magazine, The Observer, The Guardian, BBC, Arise, Libération, Le Monde, Courrier International, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Néon, Udvikling, Aftenposten, Jyllands Posten, Dagens Næringsliv, De Volkskrant, Esquire, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Henne, Annabelle, Gazeta Wyborcza, Soho, La’Isha, The British Journal of Photography & L’oeil de la Photographie, among others.
An archive of all publications located here: www.benedictedesrus.contently.com
She has received commissions from: Adidas, Ford Foundation, Deutsche Post DHL group, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Ipsen, Néstlé, Reuters-East Africa, Blink, Luxury Retreats, NBC Universal, The European Commission, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Global Fund For Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, Gaz de France Foundation, WaterAid, Help Age, Population Service International (PSI), Tanzania Albino Society, South Sudan Microfinance Development Facility, among others.
She co-authored the book "Las amorosas más bravas" ("Tough Love"). The seven-year-long project documents the lives of the women living in the Casa Xochiquetzal, a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City.
2018 - Indian Photography Festival – Hyderabad, 2016 - 2016 SoPhot Photo contest (France), 2016 - 2016 Pride Photo Award (The Netherlands), 2015 - 2015 Syngenta Photography Award, 2014 - The Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), 2013 - Humanity Photo Awards - China, 2013 - REVELA International Photography Award - Spain, 2012 - NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, 2012 - OPEN Photo - (OSISA), 2012 - PDN Photo Annual, 2012 - Mexico Contemporary Photography Contest, 2012 - International Photography Awards , 2012 - New York Photo Awards, 2012 - New York Photo Festival, 2012 - Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, 2011 - Humanity Photo Awards - China, 2011 - XIV Luis Valtueña Photography Award - Spain, 2011 - Open Society Institute (OSI) , 2011 - Pride Photo Award - Amsterdam
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