Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
I was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. I'm a member of the "Collectif Argos" since 2001. Based in Paris, Argos groups together independent photographers and writers engaged in a documentary approach concerning transformations as well as social and environmental issues.
My work is aimed at social and geopolitical subjects. It includes investigations on harsh human conditions such as urban poverty in megapoles, climate refugees as well as socio-ethonological stories.
Regularly shown, my work can be seen at photography festivals (Visa, Arles, Vannes...) and in the French and International press (Geo Voyage and Geo France, Geo Germany, Flair Italy, Figaro Magazine, El Pais, Internazional, Geographical,...). In 2007, 2012, and 2015 I published three books with "Collectif Argos" : the former deals with Climate Refugees, the second is a portrait of France titled "Gueule d'hexagone" and the third "Footprint" about energy transition.
2014 - Vienna International Pictures Award, 2014 - Roger Pic Award (SCAM), 2013 - AFD International Award
- Video capture
In Hô Chi Minh City, an old apartment building will soon be demolished, a few kilometers away from Cholon, the Chinese district. It was built in the 70s for the Americans, and then housed the victors, who had come directly from Hanoi to replace the South administration’s civil servants, allies of the Americans during the war. Of the 600 families who lived here, there are only 130 remaining, on the verge of being rehoused or compensated. The story of this building and its inhabitants merges with Vietnam’s contemporary history.
Before the end of the century, millions of Bangladeshi will be forced to leave their land because of climate change and its consequences. In the south west where populations are already affected by sea level rise and salinisation, the pressure becomes so strong that people who can afford it already move to Dacca. As it is also the case in many other areas of the country the capital is growing very fastly. But Dacca, while being more and more exposed to intense flooding, will not be able to expand endlessy. The question is then : where will the banglasehis migrants go ?
In Lima, illegal land invasions are the motivating force behind urban development. In the Peruvian megalopolis, slums are not inevitable. As a unique example in the world, the (official) perspective of becoming a land owner one day is encouraging land squatters in their group takeovers. Without fear of being evicted, the invaders are busy providing real town planning, that will be respected, while still developing the economy of their neighbourhood. It is their very existence that is changing. In Lima, this model of growth that has been tried and tested. Anchored in Peruvian culture, the Lima model is a response to the housing crisis that is spreading throughout megalopolises worldwide. It is being copied in other countries. Feature on Manchay, a vast and temporary slum in north Lima.