Patrick Chauvel

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  • Biography


    France , 1949

    At sixty years old, Patrick Chauvel is one of the few reporters who has been able to cover all of the major conflicts of the past forty years. Always behind the camera in clashes in places such as Angola and Israel to Cambodia and Afghanistan, testimony became the essence of the life for the seasoned war reporter. In April 1972 he joined the photo agency Sipa, doing his first assignment covering the French actress Catherine Deneuve. He soon realized that the glittering world was not made for him and he decided to cover the conflicts that were shaking the planet. It was at that time that Göskin Sipahioglu agreed to send him to Ireland, where Catholics and Protestants were violently clashing. He came back to Paris with gripping photographs taken on July 21st, tragically known as Bloody Friday, which would be published in outlets such as Paris Match, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. In 1974, he set out to cover Cambodia and was badly injured. After a short recovery, he attempted to go back immediately but was refused by Sipahioglu, with more than twenty journalists and photographers killed or reported missing during the conflict. Chauvel decided then to quit in order to join the agency, Sygma and has now been travelling the world for 40 years, showing how violent and terrible conflicts such as the Six-Day War in Israel, the Vietnam war in 1969, and conflicts in Ireland, Lebanon, Angola, Mozambique, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Iran, Haiti, Nicaragua, Salvador, Panama, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Israel, and Iraq can be in images.

    2009, Fears about the city, at the Monnaie de Paris.
    2012, Retrospective of his war pictures from 1968 to 2012, the Musée du Montparnasse, Paris


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