Luc Delahaye is known for his large-scale colour works depicting conflicts, world events or social issues. His pictures are characterised by detachment, directness and rich details, a documentary approach which is countered by dramatic intensity and a narrative structure. Delahaye started his career as a photojournalist. He joined the photo agency Sipa Press in 1985 and dedicated himself to war reporting. From 1994 to 2004, he was a member of Magnum Photos. His war photography was characterised by its raw, direct recording of news and often combined a perilous closeness to events with an intellectual detachment in questioning his own presence. In 2001, Delahaye ceased collaboration with the press and conducted a radical formal change. His books include Luc Delahaye 2006 – 2010 (2011), History (2003), Une Ville (2003), Winterreise (2000), L’Autre (1999), Memo (1996) and Portraits/1 (1996).
Delahaye has won numerous awards including the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005), Prix Niepce (2002), Robert Capa Gold Medal (2002, 1992), ICP Infinity Award (2001) and the Oskar Barnack Award (2000). His solo exhibitions include: Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels (2011), J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2007), Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2006), Cleveland Museum of Art (2005) and Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2004). Selected group exhibitions include: Intense Proximite, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), War Photography: History of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2012), New Documentary Forms, Tate Modern, London (2011), Documents, Memory of the Future, MARCO, Vigo (2007) and Click-Double-click, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2006).