Edition 2010

Michel Campeau

Born in 1948. Lives and works in Montreal.

Michel Campeau’s work has stretched over the past four decades of contemporary photography. Embracing an innerness at odds with the medium, and breaking clean away from the conventions of documentary, his work explores the subjective, narrative and ontological dimensions of photography. In 1994 Campeau received the international Higashikawa Prize for photography in Japan. Two years later, a retrospective overview entitled Les images volubiles—Travaux photographiques, 1971–1996 was staged by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. DARKROOM, published in 2007 by Parr/Nazraëli Press, was the subject of an exclusive report in the magazine Aperture. Campeau’s work on darkrooms was selected by the photographer and guest curator Martin Parr for the exhibition New Typologies staged at the 2008 New York Photo Festival. Winner of a number of research and creative grants, he is the author of some ten books. He is the current holder of the Jean-Paul Riopelle scholarship from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters and recently won the Canadian Arts Council’s Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize. He is represented by the Simon Blais gallery and his work is part of many collections both in Canada and abroad.
  • 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