Philippe
Brault

Philippe Brault

biography


French photographer and director, member of Agence VU since 2011, lives and works mainly in Paris.

Philippe Brault begins photography in the 1980s in Lebanon, where he testifies to the civil war and its consequences on the population. He then develops for press or NGOs, a documentary work on the political, economic, social, health or climatic violence done to civilians throughout the world from Guatemala to Indonesia via Egypt or Kosovo. Far from any misery, Philippe Brault also testifies to the hope carried by Barack Obama’s candidacy for the american presidency or by the fight against polio in Nigeria.

“If the stakes are still political, Philippe Brault’s photography cannot, however, be limited to its journalistic purpose alone, the question of the time of the shooting being considered independently of the media event. His approach, his aesthetic are fully in the vein of a new documentary, always more poetic and distant.”writes Joana Anisten.

It is through this filiation of long-term reporting that he considers new forms of multimedia production that lead the viewer into a new journalistic experience: in co-production with journalist David Dufresne for “Prison Valley” (2011), and “Fort McMoney” (2013), or in co-production Radio France and Upian for “Le jeu des 1000 histoires” (2013). He also produced audiovisual reports for Arte and Quark Productions: “Muslim prison chaplain” in 2015 and in 2016 “Justice for Chad” (co-directed with Anne Poiret and Alex Cardon). As director of photography, he also signs the image of documentaries or documentary series such as “Urbex Rouge” for Arte in 2019.

Since 2011, Philippe Brault’s photographic gaze brings to light more everyday situations : he paints a portrait of contemporary France notably through the Jeu des 1 000 euros for France Inter, and depicts the world of work with assignments for institutions or companies. In France, he covers the social movements of 2016 (“Nuit debout” social movement, labor reforms, states of emergency), thus opening up a wider documentation work on the relationship – militant or dissenting – of citizens to politics.

Series


Urban Exploration in Former USSR, 2019

Series | In Eastern Europe, the great buildings of fallen communism are deserted, looted and finally forgotten. Today in a state of ruin, these spectacular and threatening decors have remained frozen in the past, witnesses of an era.

Fort McMurray, 2014

Series | A disproportionate city, a boomtown, a polluted city: Fort McMurray, Alberta (Canada) is the largest energetic project on earth.

On the road with "Le Jeu des 1000€", 2013

Series | A portrait of contemporary France through its oldest daily radio-show: "Le jeu des 1000€".

Prison Valley, 2010

Series | Prison Valley is a story on the industry of punishment, on the Colorado valley « Out of sight, out of mind », which centralises in a few square miles all of America’s contradictions.

Cairo Forgotten Persons, 2009

Series | The buildings rest on the sand at the foot of Mount Sinaï. In the past, Haggana used to be a border. But today it is one of the largest slum of the city.

USA, 2004-2008

Série | "I think you find the heart and soul of America right here in West Virginia". G.W Bush, August 2004.

An Ordinary Week in Guatemala City, 2008

Series | More than ten years after the peace agreement which put an end to the longest (36 years) and bloodiest civil war in Central America, the violence hasn't ceased in Guatemala, and remains the major preoccupation of the country's population.

The Serbian Memory of Kosovo, 2008

Series | Under UN protection since June 1999, the Albanians of Kosovo have declared their independence on February 17, 2008.

Bitter Frontiers, 2007

Series | On July 12, 2006, following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Hezbollah Shiite militia, Israel launched during 34 days, an intense bombing campaign in Lebanon.

Urban Exploration in Former USSR, 2019

Series | In Eastern Europe, the great buildings of fallen communism are deserted, looted and finally forgotten. Today in a state of ruin, these spectacular and threatening decors have remained frozen in the past, witnesses of an era.

Fort McMurray, 2014

Series | A disproportionate city, a boomtown, a polluted city: Fort McMurray, Alberta (Canada) is the largest energetic project on earth.

On the road with "Le Jeu des 1000€", 2013

Series | A portrait of contemporary France through its oldest daily radio-show: "Le jeu des 1000€".

Prison Valley, 2010

Series | Prison Valley is a story on the industry of punishment, on the Colorado valley « Out of sight, out of mind », which centralises in a few square miles all of America’s contradictions.

Cairo Forgotten Persons, 2009

Series | The buildings rest on the sand at the foot of Mount Sinaï. In the past, Haggana used to be a border. But today it is one of the largest slum of the city.

USA, 2004-2008

Série | "I think you find the heart and soul of America right here in West Virginia". G.W Bush, August 2004.

An Ordinary Week in Guatemala City, 2008

Series | More than ten years after the peace agreement which put an end to the longest (36 years) and bloodiest civil war in Central America, the violence hasn't ceased in Guatemala, and remains the major preoccupation of the country's population.

The Serbian Memory of Kosovo, 2008

Series | Under UN protection since June 1999, the Albanians of Kosovo have declared their independence on February 17, 2008.

Bitter Frontiers, 2007

Series | On July 12, 2006, following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Hezbollah Shiite militia, Israel launched during 34 days, an intense bombing campaign in Lebanon.

Urban Exploration in Former USSR, 2019

Series | In Eastern Europe, the great buildings of fallen communism are deserted, looted and finally forgotten. Today in a state of ruin, these spectacular and threatening decors have remained frozen in the past, witnesses of an era.

Fort McMurray, 2014

Series | A disproportionate city, a boomtown, a polluted city: Fort McMurray, Alberta (Canada) is the largest energetic project on earth.

On the road with "Le Jeu des 1000€", 2013

Series | A portrait of contemporary France through its oldest daily radio-show: "Le jeu des 1000€".

Prison Valley, 2010

Series | Prison Valley is a story on the industry of punishment, on the Colorado valley « Out of sight, out of mind », which centralises in a few square miles all of America’s contradictions.

Cairo Forgotten Persons, 2009

Series | The buildings rest on the sand at the foot of Mount Sinaï. In the past, Haggana used to be a border. But today it is one of the largest slum of the city.

USA, 2004-2008

Série | "I think you find the heart and soul of America right here in West Virginia". G.W Bush, August 2004.

An Ordinary Week in Guatemala City, 2008

Series | More than ten years after the peace agreement which put an end to the longest (36 years) and bloodiest civil war in Central America, the violence hasn't ceased in Guatemala, and remains the major preoccupation of the country's population.

The Serbian Memory of Kosovo, 2008

Series | Under UN protection since June 1999, the Albanians of Kosovo have declared their independence on February 17, 2008.

Bitter Frontiers, 2007

Series | On July 12, 2006, following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Hezbollah Shiite militia, Israel launched during 34 days, an intense bombing campaign in Lebanon.

Multimedia


Urbex Rouge, 2019

Multimedia | From Stalin's secret sanatorium in Georgia to the UFO of Bouzloudja in Bulgaria, 8 urban explorations in the footsteps of nostalgic "soviet fans", followers of red brutalism and crazy tourists.

Le Jeu des 1000 histoires, 2013

Multimedia | The documentary game humorously depicts the daily life of the famous show hosted by Nicolas Stoufflet and produced by Yann Pailleret.

Fort McMoney, 2013

Multimedia | Fort McMoney is a self-described “documentary game” set in a real oil boomtown, Fort McMurray, located in northern Alberta, Canada.

Prison Valley, 2010

Multimedia | A town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and 13 prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new ‘Alcatraz’ of America...

Exhibitions


Urbex Rouge

Galerie Guigon, Paris, France

November 7-9, 2019

Le jeu des 1000 histoires

La Mégisserie, France

From July 27 to October 4, 2013

books


Prison Valley

Democratic Books et Arte Edition - 2010

Prison Valley

Democratic Books et Arte Edition - 2010

Prison Valley

Democratic Books et Arte Edition - 2010

Awards


Webdocumentaire Award

For his project ” Fort McMoney ”

2014

AIB de la meilleure production online / cross média Award

1st Prize World Press Photo multimedia contest

Adolf Grimme Award (Germany)

For his project ” Prison Valley ”

2011

France 24 / RFI du webdocumentaire Award

Crossmedia Award of the Bellaria Film Festival

Italia Award for the best website related to a radio of TV program

Innovation Award of the Sheffield Festival

2010