Bénédicte Desrus is a French documentary photographer based in Toulouse, France. After 20 years of living abroad, including 15 in Mexico & 4 in East Africa, she returned to her home country in July 2021.
She is represented by Sipa Press USA and has worked throughout Europe, East Africa & the Americas.
She focuses on social & human-rights issues around the world. Her long-term projects explore the lives of people ostracized by society, and the communities they form to survive and find respect. Recent stories explored the lives of elderly sex workers living in a shelter in Mexico City, the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda, the killing of albinos in Tanzania and the global obesity epidemic.
Her work has appeared in: NPR, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, Netflix, Harper’s magazine, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Nation, Saveur, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times magazine, The Guardian, The Observer, BBC, Arise, Le Monde, Libération, Revue 6Mois, Courrier International, L’Équipe, Internazionale, Néon, L’Espresso, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Aftenposten, Jyllands Posten, Dagens Næringsliv, De Volkskrant, Gazeta Wyborcza, Esquire, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Henne, Annabelle, The British Journal of Photography & L’oeil de la Photographie.
An archive of all publications located here: www.benedictedesrus.contently.com
She has received commissions from a wide range of clients, such as: Adidas, NBC Universal, Ford Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Post DHL group, Airbnb, Luxury Retreats, Néstlé, GEFCO, Ipsen, Gaz de France Foundation, Capa Pictures, Reuters-East Africa, Blink, The European Commission, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, Global Fund For Women, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), WaterAid, Help Age, Tanzania Albino Society (TAS), Population Service International (PSI).
2020 - Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia), 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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