Born in 1959 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, French photographer Philippe Chancel lives and works in Paris. Introduced to photography at a very young age, he studied economics at the University of Nanterre and journalism in Paris. For over 20 years, he has been experimenting with photography in a complex territory between art, documentaries and journalism. His work is a constantly evolving exploration of the status of images in the contemporary world.
His beginnings in photojournalism were defined by a series of reports in the former Soviet states. He gradually asserted a new approach to documentary photography, particularly in his work on the contemporary art world, which has been the subject of several books. DPRK, his vision of North Korea, was first shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2006. The publication of a book on DPRK by Thames & Hudson drew his first international recognition. Emirates Project was presented for the first time at the 53rd Venice Biennale (Abu Dhabi pavilion), then in the exhibition Dreamlands at the Centre Pompidou in 2010. Other exhibitions followed worldwide. Philippe Chancel was a Pictet Prize finalist in 2012 for his work Fukushima: The Irresistible Power of Nature. His works are included in many public and private collections, and he is producing commissioned work for major cultural institutions in France and throughou