mathias depardon

Mathias Depardon was raised between France, Belgium and the US. After studying social communication and journalism in Brussels, Mathias 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 questions the idea of identity and territory. Through series of portraits and landscapes, Mathias Depardon probes a Turkey torn between modernization and the reminiscence of the ottoman values evoking the notion of Pan-Turkism in the neighboring countries.

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. For the 49th edition of Les Rencontres d'Arles, Mathias exhibited as part of 'A Pillar of Smoke' - a look at Turkey’s contemporary photography scene.

In 2019 he is the laureate of Les Regards du Grand Paris in partnership with les Ateliers Médicis and CNAP. In 2020 he's the winner of the Yves Rocher Foundation Grant which will allow him to pursue his project on the drying out of the Mesopotamian Rivers.

Exhibitions have included the Bibliothèque nationale de France and more recently the Musée des Archives nationales in Paris for his solo exhibition TRANS ANATOLIA (2017). He's work is published and commissioned regularly by leading international periodicals including National Geographic, M Le Magazine du Monde, Le Figaro Magazine along with photographic periodicals such as The British Journal of Photography and The European Photography Magazine among others. He is a member of The Photo Society / National Geographic and the author of TRANS ANATOLIA / André Frère Editions 2020. 

Solo+Group Exhibitions

2021 - La Filature. TRANS ANATOLIA. Mulhouse, France 

2021 - Festival Ôrizons Rencontre des arts et des cultures du Proche-Orient.  Périgueux, France

2021 - La Gacilly. Les larmes du Tigre. La Gacilly, France

2020 - Planches Contact. Being yourself is the best Revolution! Deauville, France

2019 - Paris Photo. TRANS ANATOLIA. Gallery The PILL. Paris, France

2019 - Photaumnales. Tales from the Land in Between. Groupshow. Beauvais, France

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. TRANS ANATOLIA. 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 Festival. Postcards of The Black Sea. Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

2013 - Mahal Cultural Center. Beyond 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 Gallery. Beyond 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


2020 - Yves Rocher Foundation Grant. Winner. Visa / Perpignan, France

2019 - Atelier MEDICIS / CNAP. Les Regards du Grand Paris. Laureate. Paris, France

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


2017/2020 - Institute of Artist. Los Angeles/London (Contract ended) 

2012/2016 - Getty Images. New York, USA 

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


2020 -Planches Contact / Les Franciscaines. Deauville, France

2016 - Docking Station. Amsterdam, Holland

2016 - Tianshui Photography Biennale. Tianshui, China

2011 - Eddie Adams Workshop XXIV. New York, USA

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