Luc Delahaye

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Luc Delahaye (born 1962) is a French photographer known for his large-scale color works depicting conflicts, world events or social issues. His pictures are characterized by detachment, directness and rich details, a documentary approach which is however countered by dramatic intensity and a narrative structure.[1]

Delahaye started his career as a photojournalist. He joined the photo agency Sipa Press in the mid-1980s and dedicated himself to war reporting. In 1994, he joined the cooperative Magnum Photos and Newsweek Magazine (he left Magnum in 2004).[citation needed] He distinguished himself during the 1980s and 1990s in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Chechnya. His war photography was characterized by its raw, direct recording of news and often combined a perilous closeness to events with an intellectual detachment in the questioning of his own presence.[2] This concern was later mirrored in minimalist series published as books, notably Portrait/1, a set of photobooth portraits of homeless people and L'Autre, a series of stolen portraits made in the Paris subway. With Winterreise, he explored the social consequences of the economic depression in Russia. In 2001, Delahaye conducted a radical formal change. Documenting conflicts, political events or social issues, his pictures are made using large or medium format cameras, sometimes edited on computers and are shown in museums. While exploring the boundaries between reality and the imaginary,[3] they constitute documents-monuments of immediate history,[4] and urge reflection "upon the relationships among art, history and information".[1]


  • Portraits/1 (Sommaire, 1996)
  • Memo (Hazan, 1997)
  • L'Autre (Phaidon, 1999)
  • Winterreise (Phaidon, 2000)
  • Une Ville (Xavier Barral, 2003)
  • History (Chris Boot, 2003)
  • Luc Delahaye 2006-2010 (Steidl, 2011)



Delahaye's work is held in the following public collections:

Exhibitions (solo)[edit]

Exhibitions (group)[edit]

  • Le temps déborde (Forum Culturel de Seine St Denis, Blanc-Mesnil, 2000)
  • Angaende Fotoautomaten (FotoKunst Museet, Odense, 2000)
  • In a lonely place (National Media Museum, Bradford, 2001)
  • Puissance de l'Anonyme. Rencontres Internationales de Photographie (Arles, 2001)
  • Connivence. Biennale d’Art Contemporain (Lyon, 2001)
  • Fragilités. Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse, 2002)
  • Geometry of the face. Det Nationale Fotomuseum (Copenhagen, 2003)
  • Now. Images of Present Time. Mois de la Photo (Montreal, 2003)
  • Strangers. ICP Triennial. International Center of Photography (New York, 2003)
  • Historias. PHE04 (Madrid, 2004)
  • Emergencies. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (Leon, 2005)
  • Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The Photographer’s Gallery (London, 2005)
  • Les Grands Spectacles. Museum der Moderne (Salzburg, 2005)
  • Singuliers. Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangdong, 2005)
  • Tunnel Vision. Fotomuseum Antwerpen (Antwerp, 2006)
  • Big Bang. Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne (Paris, 2006)
  • Click-Double-click. Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006)
  • The Culture of Fear. Federkiel Foundation (Leipzig, 2006)
  • Click-Double-click. Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels, 2006)
  • Wanderland. Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, 2006)
  • Aura of the Photograph: The Image as Object. Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, 2006)
  • Eye Witnesses. Seedamm Culture Center (Pfaffikon, 2007)
  • Documents, Memory of the Future. MARCO (Vigo, 2007)
  • Krakow Photo Month. (Kraków, 2007)
  • Artist’s Choice. Institut Néerlandais (Paris, 2007)
  • Kopf an Kopf, Serielle Porträtfotografie. Kunsthalle Tübingen (2007)
  • Photographies, Nouvelles acquisitions 2003-2007. Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne (Paris, 2007)
  • Panoramic Scenes. Centre de la Photographie de Genève (2008)
  • Between Memory & History: From the Epic to the Everyday. MOCCA (Toronto, 2008)
  • Mi Vida. From Heaven to Hell. Mücsarnok (Budapest, 2009)
  • Questioning History. Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam, 2009)
  • Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, 2010)
  • In camera and in public. Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, 2011)
  • The Unseen Eye. George Eastman House (Rochester, 2011)
  • Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth. Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, 2011)
  • Ainsi Soit-il, Collection Antoine de Galbert - Extraits. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Lyon, 2011)
  • My Paris, Collection Antoine de Galbert / A Selection. me Collectors Room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht (Berlin, 2011)
  • Conversations. Photography from the Bank of America Collection. Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, 2011)
  • New Documentary Forms. TATE Modern (London, 2011)
  • Hors les murs. Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Brussels, 2012)
  • The Dwelling Life of Man. Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona, 2012)
  • Making History. MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, 2012)
  • The History of War Photography. Houston Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, 2012)
  • La Triennale, Intense Proximité. Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012)
  • Viewpoint (Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, 2012)
  • Power (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2012)
  • Seduced by Art (The National Gallery, London, 2012)
  • Lens Drawing (Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, 2013)
  • Sous influences (La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2013)
  • Histoire: regard d'artistes (Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, 2013)
  • Damage Control - Art and Destruction Since 1950 (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, 2013)
  • Une Photographie sous tension (Musée Nicéphore Nièpce, Chalons-sur-Saône, 2014)
  • Les Désastres de la guerre (Louvre-Lens, 2014)
  • Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, 2014)
  • Le Mur (La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2014)
  • Une Histoire (Art, Architecture, Design, des années 80 à nos jours) (MNAM Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2014)
  • 150 jaar sociale fotografie (Maagdenhuismuseum, Antwerp, 2014)
  • 2014: Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London, 26 November 2014 – 15 March 2015;[5] Museum Folkwang, Essen, 10 April – 5 July 2015;[6] Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 31 July – 25 October 2015.[7]


  1. ^ a b J. Paul Getty Museum. Recent History: Photographs by Luc Delahaye. July 31 - November 25, 2007 at the Getty Center. Retrieved on 2007-11-04.
  2. ^ Weski, T.: Click/Double-Click, page 44. Walther König, 2006. ISBN 3-86560-054-9.
  3. ^ Luc Delahaye: Snap Decision. Interview by Philippe Dagen. Art Press, issue 306, December 2004.
  4. ^ Chevrier, J.F.: Click/Double-Click, page 59. Walther König, 2006. ISBN 3-86560-054-9
  5. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Tate Modern. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Museum Folkwang. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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