Over the past twenty five years Philippe Chancel’s photography has explored the complex, shifting and fertile territory where art, documentaries and journalism meet. His is a constantly evolving project, focusing on the status of images when they are confronted with what constitutes “images” in the contemporary world.
Born in 1959, Philippe Chancel now works and lives in Paris. He was introduced to photography at a very young age, took an economics degree at the University of Paris (Nanterre) followed by a post-graduate diploma in journalism at the Cfpj in Paris.
Philippe Chancel’s work has been widely exhibited and published in France and abroad in a number of prestigious publications.
This is It was while working for the underground press in the early 80's that he realized at 22 years of age the rebel's series over a period of one year in Paris. First engaged work that places man and his destiny the very heart of his preoccupations.
These include « Regards d’artistes » – portraits of contemporary artists –, « Souvenirs » – a series of portraits of great capital cities (Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Brussels) glimpsed through shop windows - produced in collaboration with Valérie Weill, and, lastly, his North Korean project, which brought him international recognition.
« DPRK », in which Chancel offers a revealing and original vision of North Korea, was first shown in 2006 at the « Rencontres d’Arles », then at the C/O Berlin. It was also exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, as part of the Deutsche Borse photography prize exhibition, where it won the visitors’ poll. « DPRK » also appeared in book form, published by Thames and Hudson. His work has already been the subject of fifteen books
Started in 2005, the project dataZone highlights the current excesses of political, economic and social fields. Over the years, Philippe Chancel has drawn a constellation of emblematic territories scattered on the map of the world, from Port-au-Prince to Kabul through Fukushima, Astana, South Africa, the Niger Delta, and North Korea.
This large body work will be extended in 2017 by the exploration of the Antarctic continent. It has been already win
the Pictet prize shorlist in 2012 and the Elysée prize as finalist in 2014 as well the the Fidal prize for the documentary field in 2017.
His work is included in many permanent public collections as well as private collections.