b. 1962 Tours, France
There is something rather beautiful about the practice of photography: it allows the self to be reunited with the world, to achieve a unity with the real. --Luc Delahaye
Luc Delahaye trains his camera on unexpected or unfamiliar aspects of current events from Iraq to Vienna to Chad. Unlike the ceaseless, sensationalist flow of mass media images, Delahaye's photographs of war, natural catastrophes, or political upheaval, evade straightforward interpretation or resolution. Delahaye began his career as a photojournalist. Specializing in war photography, he covered conflicts in Bosnia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Chechnya. A member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency from 1994 to 2004, Delahaye worked independently or was commissioned by Western news magazines, especially Newsweek. But in the early 1990s, inspired in part by documentary photographer Walker Evans, Delahaye began working on more personal and extended serial projects. He realized several documentary portrait series in France, and in the winter of 1998 travelled to Russia to photograph the social consequences of the country's economic crisis. These color works depicting the struggles of the Russian people were published as a book in 2000. In 2001, Delahaye began creating large-scale color photographs of current events. Spanning the globe, Delahaye has photographed a Taliban casualty in Afghanistan, Slobodan Milosevic on trial in The Hague, and central Baghdad shortly after the US invasion. He has also captured gatherings of well-known but often unseen institutions including the World Economic Forum, UN Security Council, and OPEC. A first selection of these color images was published as History in 2003. The size of these exhibited prints emphasizes the fullness and complexity of the events depicted and invites viewers to immerse themselves in their details.