Régis Defurnaux Biography

Who is Régis Defurnaux?


Régis Defurnaux studied History (MA), Philosophy (MA) and Anthropology (DEA). He described mechanisms of identity alteration in migratory contexts before conducting a research (PhD) in epistemology about binary thinking applied to ecology, using ethnographic material from Japan. He worked for 10 years in the academic world as a teaching and researching assistant at Université Laval, Université de Namur and Kyoto University before becoming a documentary photographer for NGOs. His photographic assignments range from migratory routes in the Balkans and human rights in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan to pastoralism, nomadic culture and climate change in Central Asia. He worked for 4 years in Mongolia and built a strong and genuine connection with the country and specially with the Dukha people. More at regisdefurnaux.com

I take photographs and I write. I record lives. « Documentary photographer » makes it serious, but at the end of the day, it’s a matter of making the picture with a sense of belonging, ethnographic intelligence and empathy. Some people call it humanism, I just call it presence: my photographs are about them through me.

Article in the New York Times 

16 page article in the Geo France n°519-May 2022 

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