Edition 2011

Christophe Agou

Born in 1969 in France.

Christophe Agou is self-taught. He discovered photography while travelling in Europe and the United States then settled in New York in 1992. Shortly after that, he began a series of pictures of people on the subway. This resulted in a book, Life Below. In 2002, he returned to his native region of Forez, in France, and embarked on an extensive project documenting the lives of farming families in this harsh region; the work culminated in his series Facing silence. In 2006, he was a W. Eugene Smith Award finalist and, in 2008, a finalist in the Paris Academy of Fine Arts Photography Award. The next year he was awarded ‘Mention spéciale in the Kodak Photographic Critics’ Award, France. His work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including: MoMA, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris; Noorderlicht Festival, Holland; and at photography festivals in China.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture