Montréal, QC, Canada
Valerian Mazataud is a freelance documentary photographer based in Montreal, Canada. He has a strong focus on immigration and natural resources.
A self taught photographer since 2009, he owns a Msc in agronomy with a specialty in marine biology. He has worked on projects in the Middle-East, Africa, or Latin America.
He is represented by Studio Hans Lucas in France. His images have been published in Le Monde, der Spiegel, Le point, Telerama or Liberation. He has also contributed to TV5, Radio-Canada, Le Devoir, La Presse, The Walrus, Chatelaine, Oxfam and Handicap International.
He has won awards and grants in photography and journalism, in Canada and abroad. His images have been exhibited during the Voies-Off festival in Arles, Contact festival in Toronto, Art souterrain in Montreal, and Zoom in Saguenay, as well as in galleries and artist run centres in Montreal.
He has worked as a marine biologist, a scuba-diving instructor, a science educator and a clown. He also cycled 21000 km around the world and along the five continents between 2002 and 2004.
2009 - Awards
- Breaking news
- RISC training
Santa Filomena, Peru, 14 march 2013. Palaqueras from Santa Filomena women's association «Nueva Esperanza». The Sotrami cooperative has imposed more security rules on the palaqueras. The women are now using security equipment, children and pregnant workers are forbidden on the slopes, and a security board is in charge of implementing the rules. Some women can gather around a ton of rubble per month, which brings them around 250$, a little bit less than the peruvian official salary. It is today among the very few mines producing fair-trade gold for which around 100 standardized rules have to be respected. Although fair-trade gold represents only a fraction of their production, the coop was able to earn around 100000 $ from fair-trade in 2 years, an amount that has to be reinvested in social and educational projects. Valerian Mazataud I hanslucas.com
Cotapata, Bolivia, 26 march 2013. A gold miner from Cotapata cooperative mine after a day of work. Some workers end their shifts at 4 pm, as other start it. In january 2011, the bolivian cooperative became the world's first mine to produce fair-trade produced gold, after a partnership between the Alliance for responsible mining (ARM), a Colombian NGO, and the Fairtrade international organization. Valerian Mazataud I hanslucas.com
March 2015. Kruta, Honduras. In the mangrove near the Miskito village of Kruta, a man fish for his meal armed with a speargun.