Philippe Chancel works and lives in Paris and was introduced to photography at a young age. He took an economics degree at the University of Paris (Nanterre) followed by a postgraduate diploma in journalism at the CFPJ in Paris. Over the past twenty years his work has explored the complex, shifting and fertile territory where art, documentary and journalism meet. His series is a constantly evolving project, focusing on the status of images in the contemporary world.
His work has been widely exhibited, and featured in a number of publications including Regards d’artistes and Souvenirs, a series of portraits of capital cities (Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Brussels) glimpsed through shop windows and North Korea which brought him international recognition. His photographs of Pyongyang were also exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery, London as part of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2007. Philippe Chancel’s book Workers Emirates, published by Bernard Chauveau, is his latest photo essay. The project was initially presented at the 53rd Venice Biennale in the Abu Dhabi pavilion and was part of the Dreamlands exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2010 and has since toured the world. His work is included in many important public and private collections.
Philippe Chancel is currently working on a new long-term project entitled Datazone, which aims to explore the many-faceted aftermaths within the documentary field, revealing some of the world’s most singular lands which are either always in the news or, conversely, hardly ever figure on the media radar. This exploration has already taken him from Port-au-Prince to Kabul via Fukushima and Barnaul. Fukushima: The Irresistible Power of Nature is part of the Datazone project.