Yann Castanier is born in 1986. He lives in Paris and Sète, a small port close to the Mediterranean sea.
He is a member of Studio Hans Lucas.
As a photographer and a journalist, he worked on territorial stakes in Bosnia, with orphans from the Rwandese genocide and on the instability in the sahel area. In France, he focused on the Alzheimer’s disease and followed for 2 years homeless people living in squats.
Then, he lived in Bangkok and related the political opening of the Myanmar state. He went on with his career as a communication officer for the French Ministry of Foreign Affair in Dakar, Senegal.
Back in France, he now writes and takes pictures for StreetPress, Caritas International, Vice, Ijsberg, Uyces… His favorited topics are near to the ground: homeless people, migrants, gypsies. But he is also interested on extreme right wings political groups and religion.
He is part of the duo “Beef and Chicken” formed with Sarah Bouillaud. They build a photographic writing between fiction and reality. “Feet in the ground, wings in the air”.
Yann has several degrees: a two-years technical degree in photography, a bachelor’s degree in managing development projects and a master’s degree in international relations obtained in Sciences Po Lyon. He also had a journalism education through the program “StreetSchool”.
He was finalist of the award “Bourse du talent portrait 2011” thankful to his work on the Alzheimer’s disease.
He exhibited his pictures in Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Montpellier and Grenoble in several galleries.
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