Camille Michel was born in 1988 in a small town in Northern France. She studied medical studies before discovering visual arts. She studied photography at the university of Paris VIII and then at the ‘Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie’ of Arles. She believes that photography is a way of telling stories. She is interested in the daily life of small communities, isolated, facing times of change (politically, economically, environmentally). For the last few years, Camille has been traveling in the Far North. She went to Lapland where she discovered the Sami culture, and then decided to live on a mysterious island in the north of Greenland.
Camille is inspired by these remote places, plunged into boredom and oblivion. Through photography and video, she tries to recreate the atmosphere of these places, while giving her own perspective. She often refers to ‘poetic documents’ to describe her work. She considers a photographer as a poet talking about his experiences to describe the world.
She finds inspiration in the work of Alec Soth, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Lucas Foglia or Corey Arnold. Her work was published in Libération, the New York Times, Wired, Photo Magazine. She was awarded several times for her work: LensCulture Emerging Talent Award, Syngenta Photography Award, Libération Erwan Donnely award, Glénat fundation award, and the Filature award at the biennial of Mulhouse 2015. Her work was exhibited in France, England, Argentina, United States, Italy and Brazil. Her first major personal exhibition will take place at the Filature of Mulhouse in 2017. Camille joined the Hans Lucas studio in 2015 and she is available for photography commissions in France and abroad.