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). 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]


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



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

Exhibitions (solo)[edit]

Exhibitions (group)[edit]

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

External links[edit]


  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