mathias depardon


b. 1980 France
Mathias Depardon was raised between Belgium, France and the United States. After studying communication and journalism in Brussels, Mathias briefly joined the Belgian national newspaper Le Soir before devoting himself to reportage and feature work. His immersive process and slower approach to journalism allow for comprehensive bodies of work that reveal and frame important social, economic and political issues in territories under tension  where he question the idea of identity and territory. 

In 2018 he is the finalist of the Grand Prix de la Photographie Documentaire in Sète and the recipient of the CNAP Grant (Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris) for Contemporary Documentary Photography.  Mathias was also part of 'A Pillar of Smoke' in Les Rencontres d'Arles - a look at Turkey’s contemporary photography scene.
Exhibitions have included the Bibliothèque nationale de France and more recently the Musée des Archives nationales in Paris for his solo exhibition TRANSANATOLIA.  He's work is published and commissioned regularly by leading international periodicals including National Geographic, Le Monde Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and Marie Claire among others. He is represented by INSTITUTE and EB Enterprise. 

Solo+Group Exhibitions 

2019- ImageSingulières. Tales From the Land in Between. Solo Exhibition. Sète, France

2018- Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival. Une Colonne de Fumée. Group show. Xiamen, China

2018 - Thessaloniki Photo Biennale. Iron Earth, Copper Sky. Group Show. Thessaloniki, Greece

2018 - Les Rencontres d'Arles. Une Colonne de Fumée. Group show. Arles, France

2017 - Musée des Archives nationales. TransAnatolia. Solo Exhibition. Paris, France 

2017 - Rule-Breakers The Exhibition. GoldRivers. Group Show. London, England 

2017 - Les Rencontres d’Arles. Projection of Gold Rivers. Arles, France 

2017 - Just Another Photo Festival. The WildWest. Varanasi, India 

2017 - Tbilisi Photo Festival. Gold Rivers. Tbilisi, Georgia

2016 - Tianshui Photography Biennale. Postcards of The Black Sea. Tianshui, China 

2015 - Foto Istanbul FestivalPostcards of The Black Sea. Istanbul, Turkey 

2015 - Institut Français d’Istanbul.  Postcards of The Black Sea. Istanbul, Turkey 

2014 - Transcontinent/Obscura Photo FestivalPostcards of The Black Sea. Penang, Malaysia 

2013 - Mahal Cultural CenterBeyond The Borders. Cannakale, Turkey 

2013 - Institut Français d’Istanbul. Beyond The Borders. Istanbul, Turkey 

2012 - Hannover Young Photojournalism Lumix Festival. Beyond The Borders. Hannover, Germany

2012 - Dust and Scratches GalleryBeyond The Borders. Moscow, Russia

2011 - Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Bourse du Talent. BeyondThe Borders. Paris, France  

2011 - Press Scoop Grand Lille. UnPrintemps Arabe. Group Show. Lille, France 

2011 - Instituto Cervantes. Revolutiones with CensuraLab and MJR. Group Show. New York, USA 


2018 - CNAP. Soutien à la Photographie Documentaire et Contemporaine. Nominee. Paris, France

2018 - Grand Prix de la Photographie Documentaire. Images Singulières/Mediapart. Finalist. Sète, France

2016 - Gd4Photoart Award by MAST Foundation. Shotlisted nominee. Bologna, Italy 

2011 - International Photography Awards.  Honorable Mention. Editorial Reportage. Los Angeles, USA 

2011 - Bourse du Talent/Reportage. Winner. Paris, France


2017/Now -  EB Enterprise >> BR Enterprise. Paris, France

2017/Now -  Institute of Artist. Los Angeles/London 

2012/2016 - Getty Images. New York, USA (2012-2016)

2011/2012 - Getty Reportage/Emerging Talent. New York/London (2011-2012)


2016 - Docking Station. Amsterdam, Holland

2016 - Tianshui Photography Biennale. Tianshui, China

2011 - Eddie Adams Workshop XXIV.  New York, USA 

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