Claudine
Doury

Claudine Doury

biography


French photographer, member of Agence VU’, represented by Galerie In Camera (Paris), she lives and works mainly in Paris.

At the intersection of reality and fiction, her work deals with notions of memory and transition, particularly around adolescence and travel, central themes of her work.

Her work has been awarded the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize (1999), the World Press Photos (2000) and the Niepce Prize (2004). She is the winner of the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière – Académie des Beaux-Arts Prize (2017), as well as two major national commissions from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication: with the CNAP in 2017 for Jeunes – Générations, and with the BnF in 2021 for Radiosocopie de la France: regards sur un pays traversé par la crise sanitaire.

Her work is regularly exhibited in France and abroad and her photographs are part of prestigious private and public collections including the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Neuflize OBC, the artothèques of La Rochelle and La Roche-sur-Yon, the Imagerie in Lannion, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland) , the Fonds d’Art Contemporain in Meyrin (Switzerland), the Musée de la Photographie in Braga (Portugal) and the Agnès B collection

She has published five monographic books: Peuples de Sibérie (Le Seuil, 1999), Artek, un été en Crimée (La Martinière, 2004), Loulan Beauty (Le Chêne, 2007), Sasha (Le Caillou Bleu, 2011), L’Homme Nouveau (Filigranes, 2017) and Amour (Chose Commune, 2019).

Series


Amour, 2019

Serie | Claudine Doury first went in Far Eastern Siberia in 1991 and again in 1997 to witness the lives of native peoples. Traveling along the banks of the Amur River, she passed through the villages of Nergen, Bulava, Ush Gur, and Bogorodskoye.

Soviet Sanatoriums, 2018

Serie | Oil baths, Radon mineral water massage, thalassotherapy at the edge of the Black Sea are the cure centers’ specialties – also called sanatoriums – in Naftalan, Kolkhida and Tskaltubo, respectively based in Azebadjian and in Georgia.

1st Acte, 2017

Serie | This series presents a vision of these modern actors who take over the know-how and age-old traditions of the profession.

The New Men, 2016

Serie | Claudine Doury keeps on questioning this fragile and violent in-between stage of the body and of the coming of age that is teenagerhood.

Russia, White nights, 2012

Serie | My night was more beautiful than day” wrote Dostoyevsky in his debut novel. Tonight isn’t just another night. It is the longest of the year, the Summer Solstice at the end of June. At such a close range from the arctic circle, as it is in Saint Petersburg, this night appears as a day without end.

Sasha , 2011

Serie | “For a long time, I have been interested in girl teenagers’ rites of passage, sacred for the time of a party: Sweet sixteen in USA, Quinceanera in Cuba and new “proms” in Russia…

Rites de Passages, 1999-2007

Serie | “Rites of Passage” is a collection of photographs that explores adolescent rites of passage, during the time of a party, through different communities in Northern Europe, Russia, the United States and Cuba.

Loulan Beauty, 2007

Serie | This is a story of a slow disappearance, into the sand and in time. The end of a world, a trip through post-soviet central Asia and Xinjiang province in China.

Fear of the Wolf, 2006

Serie | On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the VU' agency and La Fémis, the director Claudine Natkin, as passionate as Claudine Doury about the themes of childhood and adolescence, has chosen to follow with the photographer the wanderings of Louise

Artek, 2004

Serie | Created in 1925 in the Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea, Artek, the most famous holiday camp for young teenagers, symbolized the success of the communist regime.

People of Siberia, 1998

Serie | From 1996 to 1998, Claudine Doury travelled to Siberia. From the Amur river to the Boreal region, on the footsteps of local minorities, she questioned both their identity and their practice in today’s contemporary world.

Amour, 2019

Serie | Claudine Doury first went in Far Eastern Siberia in 1991 and again in 1997 to witness the lives of native peoples. Traveling along the banks of the Amur River, she passed through the villages of Nergen, Bulava, Ush Gur, and Bogorodskoye.

Soviet Sanatoriums, 2018

Serie | Oil baths, Radon mineral water massage, thalassotherapy at the edge of the Black Sea are the cure centers’ specialties – also called sanatoriums – in Naftalan, Kolkhida and Tskaltubo, respectively based in Azebadjian and in Georgia.

1st Acte, 2017

Serie | This series presents a vision of these modern actors who take over the know-how and age-old traditions of the profession.

The New Men, 2016

Serie | Claudine Doury keeps on questioning this fragile and violent in-between stage of the body and of the coming of age that is teenagerhood.

Russia, White nights, 2012

Serie | My night was more beautiful than day” wrote Dostoyevsky in his debut novel. Tonight isn’t just another night. It is the longest of the year, the Summer Solstice at the end of June. At such a close range from the arctic circle, as it is in Saint Petersburg, this night appears as a day without end.

Sasha , 2011

Serie | “For a long time, I have been interested in girl teenagers’ rites of passage, sacred for the time of a party: Sweet sixteen in USA, Quinceanera in Cuba and new “proms” in Russia…

Rites de Passages, 1999-2007

Serie | “Rites of Passage” is a collection of photographs that explores adolescent rites of passage, during the time of a party, through different communities in Northern Europe, Russia, the United States and Cuba.

Loulan Beauty, 2007

Serie | This is a story of a slow disappearance, into the sand and in time. The end of a world, a trip through post-soviet central Asia and Xinjiang province in China.

Fear of the Wolf, 2006

Serie | On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the VU' agency and La Fémis, the director Claudine Natkin, as passionate as Claudine Doury about the themes of childhood and adolescence, has chosen to follow with the photographer the wanderings of Louise

Artek, 2004

Serie | Created in 1925 in the Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea, Artek, the most famous holiday camp for young teenagers, symbolized the success of the communist regime.

People of Siberia, 1998

Serie | From 1996 to 1998, Claudine Doury travelled to Siberia. From the Amur river to the Boreal region, on the footsteps of local minorities, she questioned both their identity and their practice in today’s contemporary world.

Amour, 2019

Serie | Claudine Doury first went in Far Eastern Siberia in 1991 and again in 1997 to witness the lives of native peoples. Traveling along the banks of the Amur River, she passed through the villages of Nergen, Bulava, Ush Gur, and Bogorodskoye.

Soviet Sanatoriums, 2018

Serie | Oil baths, Radon mineral water massage, thalassotherapy at the edge of the Black Sea are the cure centers’ specialties – also called sanatoriums – in Naftalan, Kolkhida and Tskaltubo, respectively based in Azebadjian and in Georgia.

1st Acte, 2017

Serie | This series presents a vision of these modern actors who take over the know-how and age-old traditions of the profession.

The New Men, 2016

Serie | Claudine Doury keeps on questioning this fragile and violent in-between stage of the body and of the coming of age that is teenagerhood.

Russia, White nights, 2012

Serie | My night was more beautiful than day” wrote Dostoyevsky in his debut novel. Tonight isn’t just another night. It is the longest of the year, the Summer Solstice at the end of June. At such a close range from the arctic circle, as it is in Saint Petersburg, this night appears as a day without end.

Sasha , 2011

Serie | “For a long time, I have been interested in girl teenagers’ rites of passage, sacred for the time of a party: Sweet sixteen in USA, Quinceanera in Cuba and new “proms” in Russia…

Rites de Passages, 1999-2007

Serie | “Rites of Passage” is a collection of photographs that explores adolescent rites of passage, during the time of a party, through different communities in Northern Europe, Russia, the United States and Cuba.

Loulan Beauty, 2007

Serie | This is a story of a slow disappearance, into the sand and in time. The end of a world, a trip through post-soviet central Asia and Xinjiang province in China.

Fear of the Wolf, 2006

Serie | On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the VU' agency and La Fémis, the director Claudine Natkin, as passionate as Claudine Doury about the themes of childhood and adolescence, has chosen to follow with the photographer the wanderings of Louise

Artek, 2004

Serie | Created in 1925 in the Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea, Artek, the most famous holiday camp for young teenagers, symbolized the success of the communist regime.

People of Siberia, 1998

Serie | From 1996 to 1998, Claudine Doury travelled to Siberia. From the Amur river to the Boreal region, on the footsteps of local minorities, she questioned both their identity and their practice in today’s contemporary world.

Interviews


Le réveil culturel
France Culture

Interview by Tewfik Hakem, 2018

Claudine Doury is the guest of the Réveil Culturel for two exhibitions in Paris; “Une odyssée sibérienne”, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and “Le long du fleuve Amour”, presented at La Galerie Particulière.

Backstage
France Culture

Interview by Aurélie Charon, 2016

There are in Claudine Doury’s photos: young girls and charming princes, the Black Sea, the forest, long hair, legs and bare torsos. There is adolescence from very far away: Siberia or the Crimea, and adolescence from very close up: that of her daughter Sasha.

L’invité du jour
France Musique

Interview by Vincent Josse, 2016

Vincent Josse receives this morning the photographer Claudine Doury.

Regardez voir
France Inter

Interview by Brigitte Patient, 2014

Claudine Doury, photographer of the Agency VU’ evokes with us her journey by leafing through some of her photographs.

Pas la peine de crier
France Culture

Interview by Marie Richeux, 2011

“Claudine Doury, who is represented by the Camera Obscura gallery, and has been a member of the Agence VU’ since 1989, when she left Libération (and her work as an iconographer) to photograph Russia… ”

Exhibitions


Nostalghia

Festival Portraits, Vichy (FRANCE)

From July 17 to October 25, 2020

Le Festival du Regard

Le Carreau, Cergy, France

From June 8 to July 8, 2018

Claudine Doury, photographies

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris (FRANCE)

From September 23 to November 26, 2011

books


Amour

Chose commune - 2019

L'homme Nouveau

Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie Particulière) - 2017

Sasha

Le caillou bleu - 2011

Loulan Beauty

Éditions du Chêne - 2007

Artek

La Martinière - 2004

Peuples de Sibérie

Éditions du Seuil - 1999

Amour

Chose commune - 2019

L'homme Nouveau

Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie Particulière) - 2017

Sasha

Le caillou bleu - 2011

Loulan Beauty

Éditions du Chêne - 2007

Artek

La Martinière - 2004

Peuples de Sibérie

Éditions du Seuil - 1999

Amour

Chose commune - 2019

L'homme Nouveau

Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie Particulière) - 2017

Sasha

Le caillou bleu - 2011

Loulan Beauty

Éditions du Chêne - 2007

Artek

La Martinière - 2004

Peuples de Sibérie

Éditions du Seuil - 1999

Awards


Prize-winner La Jeunesse en France, CNAP and CéTàVOIR

For her series “New Man, in Russia”

2017

Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière photography prize – Academy of Fine Arts

For her series “A Siberian Odyssey”

2017

Plastics Art National Center, to support the creation.

For her series “New Man, in Russia”

2012

Prize Niepce

For the series « Artek » et « Loulan Beauty »

2004

World Press Photo Second Prize, category « Nature and environment stories »

For her series « People of Siberia »

2000

Prize Paris-Match

For her series “Kosovo, the victims of anti-personnel mines“

2000

Prize Leica Oskar Barnack

For her series « People of Siberia »

1999

Fellowship Fiacre, Ministry of Culture

For her series « People of Siberia »

1997

Prize Villa Medicis Hors-Les-Murs

For her series « People of Siberia »

1996